By definition, to contrast something means “to set in opposition in order to show or emphasize differences”. When we come to Romans 5:15-21, Paul takes some time to “emphasizes the differences” between Adam and Jesus:
15- Adam’s sin is contrasted with Jesus’ salvation
16- the effect of Adam’s sin is contrasted with the effect of Jesus’ obedience
17- both “reigns” are contrasted
you choose who’s reign was better between Adam and Jesus
I’ll give you a hint, one’s reign brought death and the other’s brought grace
18-19- Both “singular acts” are contrasted
The acts are Adam’s eating of the forbidden fruit and Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection for us
20-21- the law is contrasted with grace
Ok, I may not be greater in contrast to those around me, but this one thing I know….JESUS CHRIST IS GREATER THAN ADAM! These verses contrast this truth so clearly! Through Jesus comes life and grace and joy.
So what’s the point? Pursue Jesus with all of your heart, your mind, your soul and your strength. Get to know Him the way that Paul wanted to know Him (Philippians 3:10) and don’t stop until you see Him face to face.
Food for Thought: Read Romans 5:15-21. Who was better, Adam or Jesus? According to this passage in what ways was He better?
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Pastor Matt and his wife, Sheila, have been serving the church family of Landmark Baptist Church since 2007. They have four children - Olivia, Levi, Reid, and Luke.