’Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.’
DEATH IN ADAM, LIFE IN CHRIST
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned.
For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound.
But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:12-21 NKJV)
A BOOK OF BEGINNINGS: GENESIS
Genesis is the book of beginnings:
1. Of the world—Gen. 1:1-25
2. Of the human race—Gen. 1:26-2:25
3. Of sin in rhe world—Gen. 3:1-7
4. Of the promise of redemption—Gen. 3:8-24
5. Of family life—Gen. 4:1-15
6. Of civilization—Gen. 4:16-9:29
7. Of the nations of the world—Gen. 10-11
8. Of the hebrew people—Gen. 12-50
9. Adam began with God and fell through disobedience—Gen. 3:1-24
10. Abel began with God by the blood of sacrifice—Gen. 4:4
11. Noah began with God by the way of the ark—Gen. 6:8,14,22
12. Abraham began with God when he built altars—Gen. 12:8
These all made new beginnings for humankind.
Genesis is the record of the beginnings of all these things. No wonder that when people, because of spiritual blindness (see Ephesians 4:18), reject God’s revelation in this peerless record of beginnings, they worship chance as the creator, beasts as their ancestors and fallen humanity as the flower of natural evolution.
-Dr. Henrietta C. Mears