PRAYER: Dear LORD, I claim my union with YOU, thank YOU for justifying me, in Jesus Name!
WHY PRAY THIS?: A foremost Evangelist and Apostle from the Scripture taught (in Romans 5:18) that “as through one transgression [of Adam] there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness [of Christ] there resulted justification of life to all men.” In other words, our union with Adam brought us condemnation because of his disobedience; and our union with Christ brings us justification because of his obedience. Wow! This is extreme grace: Christ’s obedience, not firstly ours, is the ground of our justification. GOD reckons us righteous, and accepts us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness (Titus 3:5), but because of deeds done by Christ in righteousness (Romans 5:18).
Furthering to Romans 6, we are taking up one of the greatest issues in the Christian life. And that means one of the greatest issues in this world and beyond, period! Because the only life that will lead to eternal life is the Christian life. So what we are saying is relevant and crucial for everybody, whether they call themselves Christian or not. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, spiritualists, atheists – every person who is descended from Adam needs to know what we are relaying. The whole point of bringing Adam into the picture here is to make this radically gracious way of justification dangerously clear. We all need to know that we are condemned in Adam as his sin is credited to us; we are justified in Christ as his righteousness is credited to us. Of course, What Paul describes here is not provincial or parochial or sectarian or regional or ethnic. It relates to everybody because it describes the only kind of life that leads to eternal life, which you and I so desire for good. But all of us are sinners and guilty because we are united to the first Adam. We will be saved, or not, because we are united by faith to Jesus Christ, the second Adam or otherwise. At this point, believe- there is assured kind of life that comes from being united to Christ. That life leads to heaven full of peace. And that life only. Peace be unto You!