It’s not fair!

It’s not fair! If you are a parent, you have probably heard that from your child and may even remember saying it yourself. We say it because we feel we are deserving of something better than we are receiving. When we look at the biblical account of sin entering world, we may feel inclined to say, “It’s not fair!” because we are stuck with the consequences of Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden. Why do I have to pay for his mistake? The truth be told, we would make the same decision that Adam made.

When we look in Romans 5, Paul describes the differences for us between the first Adam and the second Adam, who is Jesus Christ. The nature of Adam’s sin was disobedience and selfishness whereas Jesus’ action was out of obedience to the Father and the glory of God.

The consequences that resulted from those actions also differ significantly. The consequences of Adam’s sin begin with death. “Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). The consequence of death spread to all of us because of Adam and because of our own sin. It not only spread, Paul goes on to say that “death reigned,” so we see that we are in bondage to sin and death. As a result of that we are under the judgement and condemnation of God.

The consequences of Jesus’ action, the second Adam, are contrary to the first Adam’s sin. In Christ we experience the free gift of His abundant grace, which we still desperately need as we do continue to sin- we need grace every day. We also experience justification which means we are “in the right” before God. And instead of death we enjoy Jesus’ righteousness and life now and for eternity.

So when we come to the idea that “It’s not fair!” that through the one man Adam that sin and death are passed on to us, we need to remember that through the one man Jesus Christ’s work, we can also be set free from sin and death. This is one time when I am glad that it is not fair and that I am not getting what I deserve.

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