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The Grace of Godliness - Part 2

THE GIFT OF GRACE            Page 4

V.13 ** Which came first, sin or the Law?

Sin (and death) were in the world from Adam's sin up "until the Law".

** So during the time from Adam to Moses (when the Law was given), was sinned imputed (or attributed) to all men because they had not kept the Law?

No, because there was no law to keep.

V.14 ** Does that mean that men living during that period of time escaped the "death" consequences of sin.

No, there was no Law of God, but men were still subject to death's reign because they were sinners by nature. cf. Romans 6:23

** Did someone have to sin in the likeness of Adam's offense, in order for death to reign over them?

No, in fact they could not sin like Adam had, only He and Eve were in the garden and given the command to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. cf. Genesis 2:16-17

** With the introduction of Adam by name in this verse, Paul also describes the prophetic purpose of Adam's sinful life, what was it?

He was to be "a type of Him who was to come".

** What does that mean?

The next five verses answer that question.

V.15 ** While Adam was a type of Christ, in that there are parallels that can be drawn from their respective impacts upon the world, Paul wants us to learn the differences between them. What is the first one noted by Paul?

The transgression of Adam caused all men to die.
The "gift" by the grace of Christ abounded to many.

cf. 1John 3:8b "The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil." Grace was mightier than sin and death!

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