Two Heads, One Destiny
Romans 5:11-21 (p. 1753) August 6, 2017
For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners,
so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
The good news
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . . .
- Peace gives me a new RELATIONSHIP = RECONCILIATION (see 5:9-11)
- Hope gives me a new PERSPECTIVE
- Love is how I know Jesus died FOR ME
Adam’s demise has been greatly exaggerated
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin,
and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned . . . .
- Without Adam, I have an incomplete picture of MY SIN (see the Belgic Confession, Article XV)
- Without Adam, I have an incomplete picture of THE IMAGE OF GOD
- Without Adam, I don’t get THE HEADSHIP OF CHRIST
The foundation for sanctification (or, how do I get a head transplant?)
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to Christ Jesus.
Therefore, do not let sin reign . . . .
- Baptism: DEATH and RESURRECTION
- Slaves: a NEW (AND SO MUCH BETTER!) master
- Marriage: freed to SERVE ANOTHER
- Sin nature: in need of RESCUE
More study resources for Romans 5-7
Bob Deffinbaugh’s sermon on Romans 5, “Curse to Cure” at https://bible.org/series/romans-righteousness-god
Ligon Duncan’s messages at http://www.fpcjackson.org/resource-library/sermons/greetings-from-an-apostle
John Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied (Eerdmans, 1955).
Kim Riddlebarger’s “Through the Obedience of One” sermon at http://kimriddlebarger.squarespace.com/sermons-on-pauls-epistle-to-th/
Sinclair Ferguson’s “The Great Exchanges of Romans” at http://www.ligonier.org/blog/great-exchanges-romans/
F.F. Bruce’s paraphrase of Romans at https://biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/eq/1958-2_bruce.pdf or Paternoster Press (1965); Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free (Eerdmans, 1977); and The Epistle of Paul to the Romans (Eerdmans, 1963).
James Boice’s Romans, Volume 2 (Baker Books, 1991).
Earl Palmer’s Romans series notes “The Greatest Book”, Winter 2002, University Presbyterian Church.
Dennis R. Venema and Scot McKnight, Adam and the Genome (Brazos Press, 2017). This is the most recent critique of the traditional understanding of Adam’s federal headship. See also John Walton’s The Lost World of Adam and Eve (IVP Academic, 2015).
Abner Chou (and the Master’s College faculty), ed. What Happened in the Garden (Kregel, 2016). This is a good place to start in responding to Venema and McKnight. See especially Todd Wood’s “Genetics of Adam”, pg. 75.
Hans Medueme’s blog “Rumors of Adam’s Demise” at https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/book-review-adams-genome.
There is a wonderful collection of resources at https://www.monergism.com/topics/federal-headship