Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ROM 5:15 = the importance of understanding the a fortiori doctrinal conclusion which says If God provided the greater in justification it follows a fortiori that He will provide the less in temporal blessing from the justice of God.

ROM 5:15  For if by the transgression of the one [Adam] the many died [the human race] much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many –

A fortiori = if the blessings from God glorify God in time when it was difficult for mankind to blessed because he possessed an OSN, then think of how easy it be for God to bless in eternity when he is minus an OSN.

The phrase “much more” then in ROM 5:15 means that God provides now more in grace than man had in innocence before the fall. God provides more in the imputation of divine righteousness than He did in the garden where no righteousness had been imputed.

If God did the most for us when we were spiritually dead in Adam He can only do much more than the most for us now that we possess divine righteousness and resultant justification.

Translation: ROM 5:15 “But not as that transgression [Adam’s original sin], so also is that gracious gift [the work of Christ]. For if by the transgression of [that] one [Adam] the many [human race] died [spiritual death],
much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, by the one man, Jesus Christ, who has provided superabundance for the many [who believe].”

1. The believer in Christ through salvation adjustment to the justice of God has been placed in a greater position than that which was lost by Adam in the garden.

2. God provides more in grace for us in the Church-age than He provided for the first man originally in the garden of Eden.

3. The justice of God did the most for us in judging our sins when Christ was carrying them on the cross.

4.  If the justice of God did the most for us or the greater for us at the cross it follows a fortiori that the justice of God can do the less—temporal and eternal blessing for the mature believer.

5. The sin of the first Adam resulted in the condemnation of the human race but now the grace gift of God, TLJC dying on the cross  provides more for the many that would choose to believe than the first Adam lost originally.

6.  The believer is not restored to the status of Adam before the fall, he is restored to something far greater than Adam ever had even before the fall.

By Satan indwelling the serpent, deceiving the woman and therefore putting Adam into a position of having to choose between God and the woman, Satan thought he could defeat both of God’s creations, Ish and Ishshah, the man and woman, and he was right.

Satan under-estimated  the wisdom of God, the grace of God and the love of God, and Satan lost.

God not only saved the man and the woman but even seem to reward them for their humility to recognize a principle that TLJC would teach over 4,000 years later which is this:

JOH 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.

Gen  50:20 what Satan meant for evil God turned into good.

In DEU 23:5 the curse is turned into a blessing.

7.  What Satan thought was actually a great victory was one of his greatest, if not, the greatest of his defeats.

8. This constitutes a double a fortiori. If God can do the greater at salvation which is to save us — He can do the lesser after salvation which is to bless us in time.

9. If God can do the greater in blessing us in time while we possess an OSN, it follows a fortiori He can do the lesser which is to bless us in eternity when we are minus an OSN.

ROM 5:16  And the gift [salvation] is not like that which came through the one who sinned [our Lord’s gift is different then what Adam gave us];   for on the one hand the judgment [of Adam’s original sin] arose from one transgression [Adam partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil] resulting in condemnation [that is condemnation of the entire human race],
but on the other hand the free gift [salvation] arose from many transgressions [Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world] resulting in justification [anyone who believes in TLJC receives +R and is justified before God].

The word for gift is the Greek noun dorema and it refers to the Lord Jesus Christ as the last Adam.

The Davidic Covenant says that the seed of the woman, the humanity of Christ, will descend from the tribe of Judah through the family of David, 2SA 7:8‑17; PSA 89:20‑37.

Their son Solomon’s line, given in Matthew, ends with Joseph, the legal but not real father of our Lord’s humanity.

Solomon’s line had the Coniah Curse and so was cut off from being the source of the Messiah.

Nathan’s line, found in Luke, ends with Mary, the source of the true humanity of Christ.

1. Luke 3:38 – Adam is called the “son of God” — the only time one member of the human race is called the son of God. Jesus is, of course, is called the “Son of God.”

2. Adam’s sonship is physical. He was created by God out of the dust of the earth. Therefore in the physical sense, God is Adam’s father.

3. Jesus’ sonship is spiritual. He is God’s “only begotten son.”

4. Adam was a created being, TLJC is not a created being;  “For by Him all things were created (COL 1:15). He was not subordinate but took on the role of a son.

Although both were “sons of God” the sonship of Christ is far superior.

5. Adam was miraculously born (GEN 2:7). This is true also of Christ (MAT 1:18-25). Adam was formed out of the dust of the earth. God created him full grown.

6. TLJC,  on the other hand, was born of a virgin. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit. Adam’s birth was a shadow of Christ’s birth.

7. Adam loved his bride, the woman later on called Eve. He cared for her and was concerned (GEN 2:23-25). Just as Adam loved his bride Jesus loves His bride, the church.
EPH 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”

8. Adam loved his wife because she was given to him by God. Christ loves His church because she was given to Him by God.

9. Through the first Adam’s disobedience, sin entered the world. But through the last Adam, TLJC, salvation from sin has entered the world.

10.  Because of Adam, his sin brought spiritual death into the world. When Christ came into the world he brought spiritual life into the world.

11.  The first Adam turned from the Father in the garden of Eden; the last Adam turned to the Father in the garden of Gethsemane.

12. The first Adam was naked and unashamed in the garden; the last Adam was naked and bore our shame on the cross.

13. The first Adam’s sin brought us thorns; the last Adam wore a crown of thorns.
MAT 27:29 And after weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they kneeled down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

14. The first Adam substituted himself  for God over the woman; the last Adam was God substituting Himself for us.

The first Adam substituted himself  for  God; the last Adam was God substituting Himself for us.

15. The first Adam sinned at a tree; the last Adam bore our sins on a tree.

16. The first Adam died as a sinner; the last Adam died for sinners.

17. The first Adam lost the tree of life; the last Adam is the tree of life.

18. The first Adam was the head of the old creation; the last Adam is the head of the new creation.

19. The first Adam was created in God’s image; the last Adam is God’s image.

COL 1:15  He is the image of the invisible God, the first‑born of all creation.

20. The first Adam was to reign over all the earth; the last Adam will reign over all the earth forever and ever.

21. The first Adam was the first husband; the last Adam will be the ultimate, eternal husband.

22.  The first Adam was alone and needed a counterpart; the last Adam is alone and desires a counterpart, His bride.

23. The first Adam was seeking a natural wife; the last Adam is seeking a spiritual wife.

24. The first Adam was put to sleep to produce the woman; the last Adam was put to death to purchase the church; ACT 20:28.

25.  The first Adam came out from the ground; the last Adam fell into the ground and died and was buried but rose again.

26.  The first Adam died and returned to the ground; the last Adam died and returned to heaven.

27. The first Adam’s side was opened; the last Adam’s side was pierced.
The Last Adam, TLJC, had His side opened in assure our salvation;  JOH 19:34  but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.

1JO 5:8  “For there are three that bear witness, the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”

28.  Eve was taken out of the first Adam; the church was taken out of the last Adam.

29.  Eve was brought to the first Adam without sin; the church will be presented to the last Adam without sin.

30.  Eve was the same as the first Adam in life, nature, and expression; the church is the same as the last Adam in life, nature, and expression.

ROM 5:16  And the gift [the Last Adam, TLJC, is not like that which came through the one [the first Adam who sinned;
for on the one hand the judgment [of the entire human race] arose from one transgression [Adam’s] resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift [TLJC bring salvation] arose from many transgressions resulting in justification.

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