Your Daily Meditation on January 08, 2018 at 07:00AM

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. Romans 5:15

One should note that when Paul uses a phrase like “much more,” he is using a rabbinic hermeneutical method known as kal va-chomer, translating to “light and heavy.” In this technique, great emphasis is placed on how much more the “heavy” thing is over the “light” thing. In Romans 5:15, the grace that abounds to the many is so much greater than the death “all” experience. It confounds me how so many people miss this. I cannot help but question: Because nobody would dispute that the “many” that died because of sin is actually “all,” what evidence is there for the fact that the “grace” that abounds to the “many” is not in fact all? I would argue that, because of the parallelism Paul draws between Adam and Christ (Ephesians 2:5-11), and because of the entire context of Romans 5,I see no reason to conclude anything other than that both “alls” in verse 18 and both “manys” in verse 19 in fact refer to “all” humans. So, although all are condemned because of Adams sin, all are justified to life because of Christs life, death, and resurrection.

From “All Set Free” by Matthew Distefano.

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