Nathan Schneider

21 Days – Day 19

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Romans 5:19, “For just as through the one man’s disobedience many were declared sinners, so through the One’s obedience many will be declared righteous.”

At this point I would like to be translating more than one verse at a time because of Paul’s obvious repetition of the argument. It will be great in the end to put this passage together and see what it looks like. One commentator notes the similarity and yet difference in some of the language:

The same statement is made in different words: Here Adam’s trespass is called “disobedience,” and it resulted in all people becoming sinners and thus unacceptable to God. The word trespass (v. 15-18) describes the specific act of Adam’s sin, while disobedience describes its intent. The original temptation downplayed the importance of the act (Gen. 3:1-7) and focused attention on the desired ends: “You will be like God” (Gen. 3:5 NIV).

The same contrast is made with Christ’s act of righteousness. Instead of being refered to as a righteous act, Christ salvific work is refered to as “obedience.” Our intent is always just as important as the actual behavior we exhibit. Christ’s intent was obedience, “He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of the death – even to death on a cross.” What are you intentions?

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