Two men-two results & all men affected
Universal death for all men then why not universal salvation for the same all
Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin (death as a result of sin), and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12 NKJV)
According to this verse, how did death enter the world and to whom did it pass?
Did these people to whom death passed have to know about Adam, or believe in Adam to become dead, or are they dead because of Adam?
Sin entered creation by man (and not by some already fallen angel) resulting in death.
Death, because of sin, passed upon all men as the consequence of sin.
TWO MEN - TW0 RESULTS & ALL MEN AFFECTED Those to whom death passed which was all men did not have to know about Adam or believe in Adam to succumb to the consequence of sin. For as in Adam all die (1 Cor. 15:22)
"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."(Romans 5:13-14 NKJV)
Did people have a choice about whether they were considered sinners and unbelievers? From these verses then, what can be concluded about people who believed but still had Adams sin imputed to them? Did they not still succumb to death?
This verse says that before the Law sin was not imputed, and when the Law was given sin was imputed. But at the time of Grace sin again is not imputed because the debt for all mankind had been paid in Christ. Death reigned from Adam which was sins entrance to Moses which was the beginning of Redemption. In that plan of Redemption was the giving of the Law defining sin and Gods plan to remove sin and its consequences.
One translation says it like this: Sin entered the human experience through one man and death is the consequences of sin, so since all men die, all have participated in sin (due to being in Adam.) Obviously, sin was in existence before God gave the rules but there can be no infraction of the rules until the rules are made. (Romans 5:12-20, The Heart of Paul, Ben Johnson)
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, Behold! The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world."(John 1:29 NKJV)
So what sin is John saying Jesus came to take away?
"And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world." (1 John 4:14 NKJV)
According to John, who did Jesus come to save and does this verse say Jesus would be the Savior only of those who believe in Him, or of the entire world?
"For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son" (John 5:22 NKJV)
Look at the phrase, but has committed all judgment to the Son. What was given to the Son, was it the act of judging or the judgment of the world (the judgment the world was to receive)? Does He judge the world or receive the judgment placed on the world? Many verses indicate this is an act of receiving judgment not decreeing judgment. (John 9:39, John 8:14-16).
"Now is the judgment of this world: now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself."(John 12:31-32 NKJV)
When did Jesus say the judgment of the world was to occur? Youngs Literal Translation reads For judgment, I, to this world did come. (John 9:39) The judgment of this world was placed on Christ at the time of His being lifted up.
The church has made Jesus the Judge of this world when in fact He received the judgment placed on this world.
How fast can we quote John 3:16? But we forget John 3:17 which says: For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world."(John 12:47 KJV)
"That is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christs behalf, be reconciled to God. For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, (so) that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus)."(2 Corinthians 5:19-21 NKJV)
Does Paul teach that God was reconciling only believers or reconciling the entire world to Himself?
And according to this verse, were people made "the righteousness of God" through their belief, or through the fact that Christ was made to be sin? Notice who was reconciling, it was God the Father in Christ reconciling the world. It was not Jesus appeasing an angry God. It was Father God who lovingly and fully redeemed His creation. And He did this while we were yet sinners before belief was an issue. (Romans 5:7-8)
"Therefore as through one mans offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Mans righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. (Romans 5:18 NKJV)
How many people were affected because of Adams disobedience?
How many people were justified, made and declared righteous because of Jesus obedience?
God is love. Most people are familiar with this statement but many also have wondered how if God is love how can He can punish people in this life or in the next and do it forever.
God is LOVE He is loves very essence and definition. Since God is love and He so loved, He did not leave it up to us to decide whether or not we will accept His love. Gods plan for His Son was as Redeemer and Savior in order that He might redeem and save the world. He did not fail. Everyone has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb - with or without their belief.
Does that sound too good to be true? The gospel is good news, and there is no bad news in the good news. And its in this glorious gospel that we learn of the love God has for us. Love enough to bring us to His side through His heartwithout anything required on our part, giving us a picture of Gods Amazing Grace.