Bible Study: Romans 5:12-21

Read Romans 5:12-21

This last section of Romans 5 gives us the greatest explanation short explanation of original sin, its effects, our need for justification, and how justification is brought about.  This is what Romans 5 has been leading up to.  It shows us the depth of the sin of Adam, how affects all of us, and how God in his great grace and love sent Jesus to bring justification to those whom the Father has predestined.  Verse 19 sums up what Jesus work is in simple language that we can all understand “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”  Jesus did what no one else could fulfill the law for us perfectly, being without sin, yet taking our sin, so that the elect are justified.

Now some of you know that I love all different kinds of music from many genres and artists.   One artist I discovered about ten years ago was a man named Shai Linne.  Linne is a Christian Hip Hop artist whose lyrics are thought very provoking while still having a great beat.  The reason I bring him up today is that one of his songs “In Adam All Die” is an explanation of Romans 5:12-21.  If you have a chance go to YouTube and listen to the song, but if you can not look at these lyrics:


We’re cursed from our birth, sinning from the beginning
The womb to the tomb, depraved to the grave
Astray every day, every breath brings death

In Adam all die, In Adam all die

We’re rebels like the devil, scheming like demons
Prideful with our idols, disgusting with our lusting
Twisted and sin-sick, selfish and helpless
In Adam all die, In Adam all die

Verse 1:
Everybody knows that they’re guilty
Our conscience condemns us, shows us we’re filthy
Truth be told, we really have no answers
For why we fall short of our own moral standards
The evidence for God is simply bountiful

And it’s illogical to think we won’t be held accountable
A universal day of judgment approaches
Any rational notion of justice would presuppose this
And deep down inside, everybody knows this
But we disregard it because our deeds are atrocious
We prefer the vicious, our words are malicious
Our slurs pernicious, we find the absurd delicious
Depraved in our appetites- the things we crave are lacking light
Because sin’s got us enslaved and shackled tight
And if we are to understand the fruit
We need to go back and examine the root

Verse 2:
The world we live in wasn’t always like this
The early days had perfect righteousness and bright bliss
Man and woman under God-ruled government at first
Bubbling with mirth, immersed in loving with no hurts
God gave what theologians call the covenant of works
Forbidden fruit- the day you eat of it you’ll be cursed
Husband wasn’t alert; wife lacked discernment
Entrapped by the serpent and that was the first sin
The consequences were monumental
In fact, I’m not convinced they had a clue of what they’d gotten into

Their eyes were opened more- truth in the lies
To their surprise, they didn’t get the prize they were hoping for
They see their nakedness and now regret it
They tried to cover their guilt and then blame shift- how pathetic
And it’s a true story- you want some evidence?
We’ve been doing the same thing ever since

Verse 3:
We talk Adam and Eve, cats think we’re “throwed off”, really
They don’t think it relates to thugs in North Philly
But it’s like Switchfoot said- we were meant to live
But in the garden Adam was our representative
So when the Judge executed the sentence
Adam’s guilt was imputed to his descendants
Global calamity

Major debt, pain, regret, the reign of death- total depravity
And yes, I’m aware that cats were not there
Which opens the door to charges of “that’s not fair”
But God is not subject to fallen notions of fairness
Besides, when it comes to God’s glory, most could care less
We can’t measure how we chase sand treasures
And banned pleasures- similar to our ancestors
So instead of saying if you were there what you would do
Seek your refuge in Adam number two


Now like Shai Linne who uses the talents that God has given him to share the gospel with others how are you sharing the Gospel with the talents the Father has given you?  How can you be doing more?  Why aren’t you?  What steps can be taken to rely on God’s sovereignly in spreading His Word?  How has this section of this chapter helped you understand original sin?  Why is that so important?


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