The sin of Adam, Paul tells us, plunged the entire human race into sin, and put us under the sentence of death. Adam is a symbol of Christ. But there is a spectacular difference between the destruction caused by Adam and the gracious gift of God.“For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace, and His gift of forgiveness to many through this other Man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.” Romans 5:14-16 NLT.
All who were born into Adam’s race, were born into sin. All were subject to death, the separation from Life, God Himself. And, as Paul pointed out in great detail, all have sinned individually, coming short of God’s glorious standard.
But God, apart from our works, outside the Law, gave His Son for us. Jesus Christ fulfilled all of God’s righteousness, and then took upon Himself our sentence of death for our offenses. God raised Him from the dead, and now offers the free gift of His righteousness to all who will believe in Him. Not by our own works, but by believing in the one who justifies the ungodly, we are made right with God. The singular triumph of Jesus Christ, the spectacularly generous and gracious divine Gift of God, is made available to all. And each one who believes receives, from that one gift, forgiveness for all of our sins, be they ever so many.