to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
November 07, 2019 – Thursday
Romans 5:18-19 NIV
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.
19 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.
These are incredibly important verses for those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Clearly we are all born with a sin nature due to the fall of Adam – his trespass, his disobedience. But it is Jesus righteousness, His obedience that many will be made righteous.
The one righteous act is Jesus living His life completely and totally without sin, choosing to live His life in obedience to the will of His Father. The result was and is justification and life being made available for all people. Matthew Henry makes the following point about this result, This free gift did not place them anew in a state of trial, but fixed them in a state of justification, as Adam would have been placed, had he stood. And further As by the offence of one, sin and death prevailed to the condemnation of all men, so by the righteousness of one, grace prevailed to the justification of all related to Christ by faith. Then Matthew Henry concludes by noting how multitudes [will] choose to remain under the dominion of sin and death, rather than to apply for the blessings of the reign of grace. But Christ will in nowise cast out any who are willing to come to Him.
I don’t know what your reaction to this is, but my reaction is one of wonder. Wonder as a result of how strongly God wanted to restore us to a state of grace, a permanent state of grace as we continue to change how we live as we remove sin after sin after sin from our lives moving ever closer to Christ. The apostle John makes this explicit when he says If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) Then just a few verses later John carries this thought further My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. (1 John 2:1)
To bring this to a conclusion I would like to provide the last verse of this chapter showing the life given to us is eternal life. 21 [J]ust as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We serve an awesome God.
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)
* Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)