please someone explain to me in layman's terms Romans 5:16

myinnuendo999

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Rom 5:16 Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.

I've read 3 different versions and a couple of commentaries.

Is it saying that the ONE SIN brought about condemnation to all people but the GIFT of God is not like that? For even though there are many trespasses,,,

oh gads I don't know how to complete this train of thought.

I appreciate any help of clarity
 

micah719

an adopted son of The Most High God John 6:37-40
Not sure if I understand the problem....try reading a little further in v19

Rom 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
 

Robert

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Rom 5:16 Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.

I've read 3 different versions and a couple of commentaries.

Is it saying that the ONE SIN brought about condemnation to all people but the GIFT of God is not like that? For even though there are many trespasses,,,

oh gads I don't know how to complete this train of thought.

I appreciate any help of clarity

Myinnuendo,

I was doing a study on Romans (I have to get back to it), and one of the chapters was on chapter 5:


Even though sin was not accounted to man until the law was in place, death still afflicted all of mankind. Because of Adam's sin, and that Adam is the forerunner of all humans, the curse that afflicted him also afflicts all his descendants. It didn't matter whether they had committed the same kind of sin he did; what matters is that ALL sinned and therefore all are guilty and are judged so. But God surprises us here and reveals that even Adam was a "type" or foreshadowing of Jesus Christ. That foreshadowing was that through one, many would be affected; but unlike Adam, Christ's actions would be life, not death:

"But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:15-17, NASB)

In the respect of one affecting many, Jesus and Adam are the same; but in the matter of what their actions were, they were diametrically opposed. Adam, created by God, served his own selfish desire to be like God and ate of the fruit, passing the curse of death to mankind. Jesus, in absolute obedience to the Father, died on the cross and paid the debt no mortal man could pay. Coincidentally, both Adam and Jesus performed their acts at a tree; Adam's was a tree that appealed to him as life, but brought death. Jesus' "tree" (the cross) was one that appeared to bring death, but upon it, His blood was shed and that tree brought life.

The rest of the study in Chapter 5 is here:

http://www.raptureforums.com/forum/bible-study-q/46913-romans-part-5-justified-faith.html

Hope this helps! :hug


-Robert
 

IamPJ

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In the respect of one affecting many, Jesus and Adam are the same; but in the matter of what their actions were, they were diametrically opposed. Adam, created by God, served his own selfish desire to be like God and ate of the fruit, passing the curse of death to mankind. Jesus, in absolute obedience to the Father, died on the cross and paid the debt no mortal man could pay. Coincidentally, both Adam and Jesus performed their acts at a tree; Adam's was a tree that appealed to him as life, but brought death. Jesus' "tree" (the cross) was one that appeared to bring death, but upon it, His blood was shed and that tree brought life.
Wow Robert, I've never heard it explained that way. That was great, thanks!!!
 

myinnuendo999

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Wow Robert, I've never heard it explained that way. That was great, thanks!!!
me neither, I like that. It's really so wonderful to learn something new

"but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification"

I still don't get that. Is it saying that although sin came through one man the many transgressions were not committed yet because there was only one command in the Garden and so the many transgressions only came when the law was in place? So once the law was put in charge then it reflected the many transgressions we have committed and that is when the free gift arose??


:scratch:

I usually get things quite well but this has me chewing
 

Robert

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me neither, I like that. It's really so wonderful to learn something new

"but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification"

I still don't get that. Is it saying that although sin came through one man the many transgressions were not committed yet because there was only one command in the Garden and so the many transgressions only came when the law was in place? So once the law was put in charge then it reflected the many transgressions we have committed and that is when the free gift arose??


:scratch:

I usually get things quite well but this has me chewing

The NIV has it a bit clearer:

"Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification." (Romans 5:16, NIV, emphasis mine)
 

micah719

an adopted son of The Most High God John 6:37-40
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Rom 5:4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Rom 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Rom 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Rom 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Rom 5:15 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.
Rom 5:16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
Rom 5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Rom 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Rom 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Bible is it's own best commentator....I think I got your question now.
 
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