A Simple Message
“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.”
The offense of Adam was to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
It is understood that this act brought the curse of sin upon humanity, although not necessarily why. In the study of Biblical dispensations, we would call the time before eating the fruit the “Dispensation of Innocence,” as God was responsible for Adam and Eve.
After eating the fruit, humanity entered the “Dispensation of Conscience” where God was not responsible anymore, mankind was.
The “offense” was taking accountability for our lives away from God; insisting we could do it better ourselves.
There’s a story of a certain man who wrongly believed he was trusting in God. A flood was beginning to overtake this man’s village. The villagers all began to flee and a neighbor begged him to go with them; he refused, saying “God will save me!”
Later a man on a camel passed through the knee-deep water begging him to get on the camel; the man stayed, saying “God will save me!”
A fisherman in a boat passed by the man sitting on the roof of his submerged home and begged him to get in; the man wouldn’t, saying “God will save me!”
The man was eventually swept away by the waters, drowned, and taken to Heaven.
Standing before God the man shouted angrily “I trusted you to save me, why didn’t you?”
God replied “I sent you a neighbor, a camel, and a boat. What more did you want?”
God has sent us His own son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice. The act of Christ at crucifixion was not simply taking on our sin debt, but taking back the accountability that Adam had taken from God. By trusting in Christ’s sacrifice we have the ability to give God accountability for our lives.
In these uncertain and divisive times, it is tempting to believe we have all the answers. Instead, I would remind you of an old adage that contains a great many biblical truths: “Let go and let God.”
Jason Shockley is an experienced evangelist and teacher passionate about uplifting others through the word of God. Contact him via email at email@example.com