After defining the word all, to mean all-inclusive or everyone, the group was asked another set of questions: How does that definition apply to this scripture, For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin?
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (II Corinthians 5:21).
For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us (him who knew no sin, he made sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in him).
In light of this new question, have you reconsidered or changed your definition of the word all? More than likely, you now have at least one exception to your earlier definition of all, which at the time meant all-inclusive or everyone. Most of you are redefining your perception of the previous passage, For all have sinned, and come (fall) short of the glory of God to include the phase with one exception, Jesus. But does not this re-definition somehow change the context is which the passage was originally intended?
Now that you have had an opportunity to redefine the word all and have included at least one exception, consider the fact that your definition for sin may not be complete. According to Strong’s Concordance with Hebrew and Greek Lexicon, the word sin is defined as to be without a share in; to miss the mark; to err, be mistaken; to miss or wander from the path of uprightness and honor, to do or go wrong; to wander from the law of God, violate God's law, sin; that which is done wrong, sin, an offence, a violation of the divine law in thought or in act; or collectively, the complex or aggregate of sins committed either by a single person or by many. But could there be an alternative definition?
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: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude (likeness) of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure (a type) of him that was to come. But not as the offense, so also is the free gift (the free gift is not like the false step or the wrongdoing of man). For if through the offense 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. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift (the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned): for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification. For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one (the one); much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offense of one (one false step) judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (one righteous act) the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offense (sin) might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:12-21).
We see in this passage that when Adam sinned, he cause sin to enter into the world. At that point, it was this sin that spread death throughout all the world, so everything began to grow old and die; for sin entered into the world and death through sin. And when Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race, so death passed upon all men, that being, all-inclusive or everyone. Through this passage, we are told that it was Adam’s sin that caused all of this. And we know this because although people were sinning from the time of Adam until Moses, the passage tells us that God did not judge them guilty of death for breaking his laws -- because he had not yet given his laws to them, nor told them what he wanted them to do. So, when their bodies died, it was not for their own sins since they themselves had never disobeyed God’s special law against eating the forbidden fruit, as Adam had. From this passage, we see that it was one man, Adam, who brought death to many through his sin. From this passage, we see that Adam’s one sin brought the penalty of death to many. From this passage, we see that Adam cause death to be king over all; that again being all-inclusive or everyone. From this passage, we see that Adam’s sin brought punishment to the entire world. And it is according to this passage that we now know that Adam caused many to be sinners because he disobeyed God. From this passage, the entry of sin into the world can be traced back to its source, for as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; that source being the man, Adam. (to be continued…)
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