15 But the gift of God through Christ is a very different matter from the “account rendered” through the sin of Adam. For while as a result of one man’s sin death by natural consequence became the common lot of men, it was by the generosity of God, the free giving of the grace of one man Jesus Christ, that the love of God overflowed for the benefit of all men.
16 Nor is the effect of God’s gift the same as the effect of that one man’s sin. For in the one case one man’s sin brought its inevitable judgment, and the result was condemnation. But, in the other, countless men’s sins are met with the free gift of grace, and the result is justification before God.
17 For if one man’s offence meant that men should be slaves to death all their lives, it is a far greater thing that through another man, Jesus Christ, men by their acceptance of his more than sufficient grace and righteousness, should live all their lives like kings!
Romans 15 (Phillips)
One of these things is not like the other.
Too many times I’ve allowed Adam’s fall stand taller and more unmovable than Christ’s finished work. I’ve also put more faith in what Adam did than what Christ did.
Let me explain.
It’s not that I haven’t believed what Jesus did was powerful, it’s just that I know that what Adam did messed up a lot of stuff. I can see what Adam’s sin messed up. I see it everyday. What Jesus did changed everything. I get it. But when I look around, it can be hard to see the effects.
First, let’s determine what faith is. Merriam-Webster states that faith is a strong belief or trust in someone or something. The bible in Hebrews tell that “Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see.”
Now, let’s look at how faith allows us to see Jesus’ work as the greater.
I could take several texts to prove this to you, but only one comes to mind. Paul put it so well to his letter to the Ephesian church.
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
So, it may not be easy. It may not be what you’re used to. It may not be “natural”. But, it’s truth. Unlearn, retrain, and re-learn the truth.
Jesus is greater, better, and more powerful than anyone else.