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← Are You In Adam or Christ? - Tim Conway

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  1. It is true that all have sinned
  2. and fall short of the glory of God.
  3. It's true that Paul has been arguing
  4. that there is none good - no not one.
  5. Not by nature.
  6. When a person is saved,
  7. Jesus makes them His workmanship.
  8. He makes them
  9. those who are zealous of good works.
  10. Saved people are capable of good.
  11. But in a lost state, man is bad.
  12. Man is under the condemnation
    and the wrath of God.
  13. But you know what?
  14. In these verses before us
    (Romans 5:12-21)
  15. what the apostle does is he says
  16. man has even a more basic problem
  17. than even his own sin.
  18. He is condemned because of Adam's sin;
  19. because of the sin or the trespass
  20. or the offense of the one man,
  21. we are under condemnation.
  22. And we are under the sentence of death.
  23. Brethren, I know, right away,
  24. you start talking this way
  25. and immediately somebody wants to say -
  26. I mean, what do you say
  27. when somebody says,
  28. "You're guilty because of his sin."
  29. Unfair.
  30. Let me ask you this.
  31. What do we say to this?
  32. "You are righteous because
    of that man's righteousness."
  33. I don't hear anybody say, "unfair."
  34. But I'll tell you this,
  35. God deals with men
  36. according to their head.
  37. There are two most important men
  38. in all the history of mankind.
  39. It is Adam and it is Christ.
  40. And Christ, by the way, is called
  41. the second man and the last Adam.
  42. You know why?
  43. Because He is the representative
  44. of all those in Him
  45. and Adam is the representative
  46. of all those in him.
  47. And if you're in Adam, you die.
  48. If you're in Christ, you live.
  49. If you're in Adam, you are condemned.
  50. If you're in Christ, you are justified.
  51. Brethren, this is the reality.
  52. Man at the basic level,
  53. his greatest problem
  54. is that he is identified with Adam.
  55. And you've got to get out
    of that family tree, folks.
  56. You've got to get into another family.
  57. You've got to leave that head behind
  58. and come under a new Head.
  59. And the way to do that is by faith
  60. in what Jesus Christ
    accomplished on that cross.
  61. And brethren, the thing about this
  62. is when you go back there
  63. and you can see in your mind -
  64. and I'll tell you this was
    such a stumbling block
  65. for the Jew -
  66. that their Messiah went to that cross.
  67. And it was utter foolishness
  68. to the Greek and to the Roman.
  69. They said what can a dead Jew do for us?
  70. But I'll tell you, brethren,
  71. we have to understand what happened
  72. on that cross
  73. there outside of
    Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.
  74. What happened on that cross -
  75. just this week, I was looking at footage
  76. of Indians and Chinese.
  77. Massive countries of just lostness
  78. throughout Asia,
  79. looking at the vast, teeming multitudes,
  80. faces of people.
  81. And brethren, when you trace their lineage
  82. and our lineage,
  83. the lineage of the Jews, all of us,
  84. the Chinese,
  85. that Hindu bowing down
  86. to his multitude of gods.
  87. You know what? You trace our lineage back
  88. and you know where it all goes?
  89. We're all related.
  90. Not very long ago, brethren,
  91. you can trace your heritage.
  92. You've got parents and
    you've got grandparents.
  93. And they had grandparents
    and they had parents.
  94. And you can trace them back
  95. and ultimately we all
    share the same blood.
  96. We can all hang our heads and say,
  97. "Adam, Adam, what have you done?"
  98. From what Adam did,
  99. he took a fruit.
  100. He took the forbidden fruit.
  101. He took the fruit from the tree
  102. of the knowledge of good and evil
  103. which God had told him not to eat of,
  104. and He said, "In the day you eat thereof
  105. you shall surely die."
  106. And the thing we need to
    understand about that
  107. is when God was speaking,
  108. what the apostle tells us
  109. is when those words were spoken,
  110. they weren't spoken
    simply for Adam's sake.
  111. That those words were spoken
  112. representative of the entire human race.
  113. When they were spoken to Adam,
  114. Adam represented every one of us.
  115. And that condemnation
    promised for taking it
  116. would go upon all of his posterity,
  117. all of his children,
    all of his grandchildren.
  118. Brethren, if we're connected with him,
  119. we're in trouble.
  120. And the beauty of what Christ
    went to the cross to do
  121. is to undo what Adam did
  122. and it applies to all of us.
  123. That's why the writer of Romans
  124. keeps saying over and over and over,
  125. it's not just to the Jew,
    it's to the Greek too.
  126. There's no partiality.
  127. Brethren, the fact is
  128. all men have the same problem.
  129. It's all the same everywhere.
  130. Sometimes we think about -
  131. I don't know if you guys
    are even up on this,
  132. but I can remember one
    of the missionary trips
  133. that I took and how they talk about
  134. in the seminaries today,
  135. they talk all about this syncretism.
  136. If you don't know
    what that is, that's fine,
  137. but it's basically this idea
  138. that you go into other cultures
  139. and you try to work their
    cultural peculiarities
  140. into the Gospel message
  141. and into your ministry.
  142. And obviously, we've got
    to be culturally sensitive
  143. when we go in, but I'm
    telling you, brethren,
  144. there is no place when it
    comes to the Gospel message
  145. to try to distort any of this
  146. or make it suitable to certain cultures
  147. or certain societies
  148. or certain countries.
  149. Brethren, you know what, ultimately,
  150. I can remember hearing
    a message on missions -
  151. again from our same
    missionary out of China -
  152. and he was saying basically man's problem
  153. is essentially the same no
    matter where you go.
  154. They may look different.
  155. Their eye shapes may be different.
  156. The Chinese have a certain
    eye shape or skin color.
  157. Or you go down to Africa,
    or you go wherever,
  158. but man's problem is ultimately the same.
  159. He's bound up with a connection
  160. and a heritage that lies in Adam,
  161. and he is under condemnation
  162. and he faces the wrath of God.
  163. That's why our Gospel -
  164. we don't need to be ashamed of it,
  165. and it's the same in
    every country we go into
  166. because man's need is
    the same everywhere.
  167. Man is depraved. Man is corrupt.
  168. Man lacks the righteousness that he needs
  169. to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
  170. He doesn't have it.
  171. He doesn't possess it.
  172. And he in his own power can't get it.
  173. The righteousness of God is revealed
  174. and man needs it
  175. because of his identity with Adam.
  176. He's in Adam and he's in trouble.
  177. And that is the reality
    that we're seeing here.
  178. It applies to all men.
  179. You saw that there. All men.
  180. One offense.
  181. And it says condemnation came upon all.
  182. It is not a small thing.
  183. What Adam did in the garden
  184. condemned all mankind.
  185. And Christ came to rescue
  186. those who are in Adam.
  187. He came to rescue us out of it.
  188. And the thing is, I know,
  189. I know we have a problem
  190. in our culture
  191. identifying with how we can be responsible
  192. for our father's sin.
  193. But you know, in Scripture,
  194. I don't know how Middle Easterner's think.
  195. They obviously think different.
  196. Some of these concepts
  197. are more readily understandable
  198. or conceivable to them.
  199. Like, you know how Scripture says
  200. "that Levi yet being in
    the loins of Abraham..."
  201. It's like, what?
  202. We don't even think that way.
  203. You know when it was said
  204. Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek.
  205. So the writer of Hebrews reasons,
  206. well, because Levi would
    later come down line
  207. like four generations,
  208. it's really like saying that Levi
  209. gave tithes to Melchizedek.
  210. We're like what?
  211. How can you say Levi did it
  212. when Abraham did it
  213. and Levi wasn't even born yet?
  214. You see, but that's the way the
    Middle Eastern mind thinks
  215. because there's a reality there
  216. you and I have a hard time grasping.
  217. I have a feeling for the Jewish mindset,
  218. they don't have near the problem
  219. handling that reality
  220. that because of Adam's sin,
  221. condemnation comes upon us.
  222. To us, that seems like injustice.
  223. But brethren, let me remind you,
  224. we're talking types here.
  225. Adam is a type of Christ.
  226. And if the universal federal headship
  227. of Adam doesn't work,
  228. if it falls apart,
  229. then so too does Christ's justification
  230. of all those who are in Him.
  231. So, before you get too hostile
  232. about thinking what?
  233. I'm guilty and condemned for Adam's sin?
  234. Just remember two things.
  235. You have enough of your own sin
  236. to run you deep into hell
  237. before you get overly concerned
  238. about the imputation of Adam's sin to you.
  239. But the second thing is,
  240. be grateful that God
    deals with man that way.
  241. Because since He does,
  242. if you're in Christ,
  243. then He deals with you
  244. under the federal headship of Christ,
  245. which means everything Christ deserves,
  246. you get.
  247. Don't complain because
    everything Adam deserves,
  248. you get, being in him.
  249. Just get out of Adam and into Christ.
  250. And you do that by trusting
  251. what Christ did on that cross.
  252. Look to Him in faith.
  253. Don't complain. Don't argue.
  254. Be glad.
  255. And see in it the way of your salvation.