There is no escape for man who is born of woman. He is dead because of Adam who sinned. Merely because our consciousness does not trouble us to any sin committed has no legal standing. Between the curse of sin imposed on man by the choice made by the first man and life offered freely by Jesus we have been also introduced to grace which is a gift. “Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
Adam is shadow of Jesus Christ ‘the figure that was to come’. “…When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life./And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement((Ro.5:10-11).”
Grace is entirely introduced with the advent of Jesus Christ and is a gift. So grace that we consider here is Atonement the element which is in medias res has great bearing on events backward as well as forward. In the mind of God it was revealed as Mercy and in matters pertaining to our way forward it is viewed as grace since it was made available to all who believed in his death and resurrection. Death that was imposed on us (before we were born) shall not be counted in the life we lead after we have been purchased with his blood. Why? We consciously died at water baptism which is a symbol of identifying with our Redeemer Lord. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?/ Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: (v.3). By the same token we are left under the charge of same Power that raised the Son to life. Newness of life as different from our physical life. “That like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life(v.4). So life after life characterizes whosoever has accepted Jesus as the lord and accordingly walk in newness of life. What do we look for? “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need(He.4:16)”. He who has the Son has the Father also(1 John2:23). Mercy and grace working as one shall preserve him and it is what we call as abiding life (John 15:5-8): “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing./ If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned./ If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you./ Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
Cost of discipleship is tested thus: whose glory you seek ? If it of the father show your fruits. Those who do not abide in the death and resurrection are cast away as workers of iniquity(Matt.7:22-23). Here we have the words of Jesus, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity(v.23)”. No excuse shall avail and dropping names of POTUS or any other can change the truth of the pastors who were false.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.