Obedience

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”—Romans 5:19 (NKJV)

 

As a father to five amazing kids, there have been times I’ve given my children clear, direct orders to do something, and they simply don’t do it. Or even worse, they do it, but don’t do it correctly. My dad used to say, “Son, if you’re not gonna do something right, then just don’t do it at all!”

 

In Romans 5:19 we see a beautiful picture of Christ’s obedience to His father. You see it was God who would remedy what was broken back in Genesis 3 by sending His Son to die on the cross that we might be reconciled to our Father in heaven.

 

What do you mean by broken? What was broken? What needed repair? We did! In the beginning of God’s creation, we were made in the perfect image of God, and He said we were good. Adam and Eve, the first human beings created by God, enjoyed sweet fellowship with God in the Garden of Eden. It was a picture of perfection.

 

God gave Adam dominion over everything in the garden and the freedom to feast on every tree in the garden, except one. But Scripture tells us that Adam broke covenant with God by disobeying this instruction.

 

So, as a viable solution to this problem, God would send a better “Adam” in the person of Jesus Christ some 4,000 years later. Everything in Scripture, from the time God decided to rectify this setback back in Genesis 3:15, would effectively point to the arrival of Jesus.

 

Jesus, the Son of God, then walked the earth, blameless, for 33 years to be the perfect answer to the problem we created back in the beginning. But in order for this all to work, Jesus had to demonstrate complete obedience to His Father. This obedience required Him to die on the cross for our sins, since we are all born into sin as a result of Adam’s actions (Romans 5:19).

 

The beautiful thing about this entire narrative is that Jesus was told to do something by His Father, and He did it! He didn’t do it halfway. He didn’t skip out on the plan. He didn’t ask someone else to take His place. He finished once and for all what was planned back in Genesis 3:15! This, my friends, in the best news ever . . . the Gospel message.

 

DIG: Read Genesis Chapters 2 and 3.

DISCOVER: Read John 3:16 and Philippians 2:1-11 and discover what God did for us out of His overwhelming love for us.

DISPLAY: If you haven’t done so already, ask Christ into your life to be your Lord and Savior! Simply agree with God concerning the fact that you are a sinner, broken, and in need of repair. Accept the wonderful gift of salvation He gives us by way of His Son, Jesus, and avoid eternal separation from God. Let us know if you made this amazing decision by sending an e-mail to DavidF@CalvaryFTL.org so we can assist you with your next steps.

About the Author

Darren Bennett