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Our Whole New World

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Romans 5:2

Our Whole New World

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Romans 5:2a (Holman) Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith

into this grace. . .

Paul ranked peace with God (5:1) as the initial benefit of justification by faith. A new convert first senses all is well with God. Paul listed in verse 2 a second immediate result of justification by faith. In addition to experiencing peace with God, a new believer receives a whole new world named Grace. Dorothy found Oz, Alice entered Wonderland, the Pevensie children found Narnia, believers find Grace.

The word “access” referred to being ushered into the presence of a king. If we want an audience with any person of renown, our main obstacle is access. How can we capture the person’s attention in order to gain a face-to-face interview?

A similar concern over protocol occurs when approaching God, the sovereign King of the universe. People can’t enter His presence on their own terms. No sinner has automatic access to God. Sins must be forgiven; robes of righteousness have to be donned. In Heaven, we’ll wear robes, denoting righteousness was not inherent in us, but something we put on; our robes in Heaven will be white because Jesus’ is red.

Sinners access God’s presence only “through Him,” by faith in His Son Jesus.

A man once sought access to President Lincoln to intercede for his b

Jesus Undoes What Adam Did

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Jesus Undoes What Adam Did

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Romans 514b (Holman) He (Adam) is a prototype of the Coming One.

Since what he did had effects extending far beyond him, Adam prefigured Jesus. Both mens lives had far-reaching consequences and influenced the world.

This is as far as the similarities go. Though alike in this way, they were vastly different otherwise. Adams work destroyed Christs saved. Jesus had to undo what Adam began. In the next verses Adam and Christ are compared by contrast.

Romans 515 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one mans

trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the

gift overflowed to the many by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.

There is no comparison between the trespass and the free gift of God. If damage could flow over the whole race from the deed of one man, much more certain it is that blessing can flow to the whole race from the deed of God incarnate.

Adam was but a man made in Gods image Jesus was God made in the image of man. Jesus can meet at all points the destructive consequences of Adams deed.

Adam could not spew out a poison Jesus could not negate. Christs antidote is sufficient. The stream of grace always runs deeper and wider than the stream of guilt.

Romans 516 And the gift is not like the one mans sin, because from