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Romans 5:18:Therefore, As One Trespass Led To Condemnation For All Men, So One Act Of Righteousness Leads To Justification


Romans 5:18
[18] Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. (ESV)

Have you ever looked back on your past and thought about all of the individual choices you have made? My wife commented to me yesterday that if it were not for one man's action we would have moved to Ohio years ago. If we had moved to Ohio we would likely never have moved to South Carolina. And so it goes.

I am sure that for the rest of Adam's life on Earth, which was a long time at 930 years, he thought about his one decision that drastically changed the course of his life and everyone else's lives. His beautiful wife said to him, "You should eat this fruit. I am sure it will be delicious. It will open our eyes." He should have said, "No, dear."

That one mistake led to condemnation for all men. However, one act of righteousness leads to justification and life. Consider Jesus Christ for a moment. For all of eternity he can look back through time and say, "That one decision to obey the Father, and sacrifice my life for an undeserving race of people was worth it!"

For all of eternity we will be with the Savior. We can sit with him and ask him what it was like to make that agonizing decision in the Garden of Gethsemane to drink the cup of death. He will look into our eyes with love and tell us that we have all of eternity to celebrate that decision. It was worth it.

Decisions are important. One decision can impact the rest of our lives. I am so thankful that Jesus decided to follow through with His Father's plan to bring salvation to all mankind. I will celebrate his wonderful decision for all eternity.

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