Tuesday, January 29, 2013

29 January 2013 - 1 Timothy 2: 6

Tuesday, January 29

[Jesus] gave himself a corresponding ransom for all.—1 Tim. 2:6.

Adam brought imperfection and death to billions, his descendants. It is true that Jesus, as a perfect man, could have been the source of billions of perfect descendants. Hence, it was understood that a combination of Jesus’ life plus that of all his potential perfect descendants formed a sacrifice equivalent to that of Adam and his imperfect descendants. However, the Bible does not say that any potential offspring of Jesus formed part of the ransom. Romans 5:15-19 makes the point that the death of just “one man” provided the release. Yes, Jesus’ perfect life corresponded to Adam’s. The focus is, and should be, on Jesus Christ alone. It became possible for men of all sorts to receive the free gift and life because of Jesus’ “one act of justification,” his course of obedience and integrity even to death. — 2 Cor. 5:14, 15; 1 Pet. 3:18 w11 6/15 2:11