April 13, 2007 Matthew

Original Sin, Original Righteousness – Romans 5:15-19

6,000,000.

The thought that such a number could represent something as unimaginable as a number of people from a specific race that were exterminated is almost impossible to grasp. Even natural disasters don’t wipe this many people at once. Well, perhaps Noah’s flood.

Meticulously planned and executed by a only few men, it became one bad dent in the ‘reputation’ of the world’s history.
This is a document from World War II that shows the Nazi’s well thought-out plan of one of the worst crimes ever known:

At the end of August 1944 I was talking to SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann, whom I had known since 1938. The conversation took place in my home in Budapest.

He expressed his conviction that Germany had now lost the war and that he, personally, had no furthur chance. He knew that he had millions of Jewish lives on his conscience. I asked him how many that was, to which he answered that although the number was a great Reich secret, he would tell me since I, as a historian, would be interested and that he would probably not return anyhow from his command in Rumania. He had, shortly before that, made a report to Himmler, as the latter wanted to know the exact number of Jews who had been killed. On the basis of his information he had obtained the following result:

Approximately four million Jews had been killed in the various extermination camps while an additional two million met death in other ways, the major part of which were shot by operational squads of the Security Police during the campaign against Russia.

Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression
vol. V, document 2738 – PS

How can a human be so base? Why would a human do such an abominable thing? But humans do. Humans have ever been doing this.

But of course the crime is theirs and not yours, and all works will be weighed and tried at the coming of our King and each will be dealt with according to their works. Some humans may have some serious penalties to pay. Perhaps you can have yourself a sigh of relief. Or perhaps not?

There remains one small troublesome thing. What if that which was in Hitler was also in you? Perhaps Hitler was possessed demonically. But then perhaps you couldn’t blame everything on him. But the blame does rest on him, whether there was demonic influence or not. But what was in him that he would obey such evil thoughts? And where did it come from? Take a close look at these verses:

“Sin made its entry into the world through one man, and through sin, death. The entail of sin and death passed on to the whole human race, and no one could break it for no one was himself free from sin.” (Rom 5.12 Phil)

“…death reigned…even over those whose sinning was not like the sin of Adam [or Hitler] …” (Rom 5.14 Phil)

“…you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked…following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience–among whom we all once lived…”(Eph 2.1-2)

It was much like a virus that Adam contracted and is subsequently inherited by every one of his sons and daughters right down through the ages, making us all children of disobedience, for disobedience can only give birth to disobedience.
The same father, Adam, is the father of us all. Through one man all were, and are, plagued.

Also consider:
“We also are men, of like nature with you…” Acts 14.15

Why do we at all obey what is evil, whether a small evil, or a great evil?
What if what was in Hitler (or Mao, or Nero, or Judas, or Esau), was also in you?
How could you get it out?

Where we humans have inherited a sinful nature to which we are enslaved, through the work of Christ and being born again in spirit, we are set free and inherit his righteous nature!

“But the gift of God through Christ is a very different matter from the “account rendered” through the sin of Adam. For while as a result of one man’s sin death by natural consequence became the common lot of men, it was by the generosity of God, the free giving of the grace of one man Jesus Christ, that the love of God overflowed for the benefit of all men. Nor is the effect of God’s gift the same as the effect of that one man’s sin. For in the one case one man’s sin brought its inevitable judgment, and the result was condemnation. But, in the other, countless men’s sins are met with the free gift of grace, and the result is justification before God.

For if one man’s offence meant that men should be slaves to death all their lives, it is a far greater thing that through another man, Jesus Christ, men by their acceptance of his more than sufficient grace and righteousness, should live all their lives like kings!

We see, then, that as one act of sin exposed the whole race of men to God’s judgment and condemnation, so one act of perfect righteousness presents all men freely acquitted in the sight of God. One man’s disobedience placed all men under the threat of condemnation, but one man’s obedience has the power to present all men righteous before God.” (Romans 5:15-19 Philipps)

What a marvelous thing that is. That of all in the human race, there was one man, born of a virgin, who didn’t inherit that plague. And yet chose to give up his life, so that the rest of us could be healed!

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