How Foolish to Suppose

Romans 6:5-8

The believer’s experience of God’s love is subjective. But there is objective evidence as well. Christ’s willingness to die for us when we were sinners is unmistakable proof of God’s amazing love.

Enemy to friend (5:9–11). How foolish to suppose that God who showed such love for us when we were enemies would ever desert us now we are His own.

Two Adams (5:11–21). Theologians delight in this passage and debate just how “death came to all men” through Adam’s sin. But Paul’s point is practical. Our racial heritage from Adam is one of sin and death and alienation. But now we belong to Christ, the founder of a new race, and our heritage in Him is righteousness and life.

“Death” (5:11–12). “Death” is a complex term in both Testaments. Here it is not so much biological as a description of man’s spiritual condition, powerless in the grasp of an inner moral corruption that alienates human beings from God and makes final judgment a dread certainty. Adam’s sin insinuated both biological and spiritual death into our race, making both our present and future dark and grim. In contrast, Jesus interjects life, the opposite of death, making us alive to God and guaranteeing a bright eternal future.

Lawrence O. Richards

Published by Intentional Faith

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