In Adam All Died, In Christ Shall All Be Made Alive
By Gary Amirault
While most Christians would agree that death passed to all descendants of Adam and as a result all died, few will acknowledge that the same all who died in Adam will be made alive in Christ. Yet the Scriptures are most clear on this point. How else can grace abound much more than sin, unless it delivers all from it? Paul made it very clear that the "all" who died in Adam is the same "all" who will be made alive in Christ. It is the leaven of theologians that has made it difficult to see the obvious. The construction of the Greek language Paul uses shows that God hardened all that He might have mercy upon all is abundantly clear. A deep study into the Scriptures below will make it very clear that God's hardening process and salvation is universal, all-inclusive.
careful study of Romans chapter 5 will reveal that the "all" who were imputed death as a result of Adam's sin, will be imputed Life as a result of Jesus' righteous act. Death was not "our" choice and neither is Life, even when we think we have chosen Life. Even our faith to believe is a gift, not of ourselves lest we boast. The King James Bible has erred in the translation of the word "many" in Romans Chapter 5. The definite article "oi" is before "many" and therefore should have been rendered "the many." The same "the many" who died in Adam are clearly the same group of "the many" receiving justification through Christ. Most leading Bible translations have corrected this error. The New International Version and New American Standard, for example, have made the corrections. Unfortunately, while Bible translations are beginning to clear things up, theologians lag far behind in admitting they have taught error. With the above in mind, read Romans Chapter five again and rejoice!
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. and hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned-for before the law was given, sin was in the world. but sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed may trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through the one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
--Romans Chapter Five, NIV