GRACE FOR TODAY Radio Message #409
††††††††† ďADAMíS TRANSGRESSIONĒ†† Romans 5:14
††††††††† Pastor Don Fortner
††††††††† Grace Baptist Church of Danville
††††††††† 2734 Old Stanford Road
††††††††† Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
ďAdamís transgressionĒ, as the Holy Spirit describes it, included all aspects of sin. His one transgression was a total, complete breach of Godís holy law. The laws of God, according to James 2:10, are so intertwined that he that ďoffends in one point is guilty of all.Ē One of the old writers said, ďAdam, at one clap, broke both tables of the law, and all the commandments of God.Ē If we carefully read the summary given of Godís law in Exodus 20:1-17 it becomes evident to us that Adamís one act of rebellion, sin, and disobedience was, indeed, a transgression of each of the commandments.
1. He chose another God, when he followed the devil.
2. He idolized and deified his own belly. He made his belly his God. He bowed to and served his inward lusts rather than the Lord his God.
3. He took the name of God in vain when he refused to believe him. He spoke Godís name, but reverenced him not as God.
4. He kept not the rest and estate wherein God had set him, thus violating, breaking, and disregarding the sabbath day, which typified the salvation of sinners by trusting the finished work of Christ. Thus, he despised Godís Son and Godís salvation.
5. He dishonored his Father which was in heaven. Therefore his days were not long in that land which the Lord his God had given him. He was soon cut off from life, expelled from the garden, and banished from the presence of and communion with the holy Lord God.
6. He murdered, in the most horrible massacre of all history, himself and all his posterity. Adam, by his one act of transgression, not only broke all Godís holy law, but slaughtered the entire human race.
7. He committed spiritual fornication and adultery. He went whoring after other gods. Fornication and adultery are horrible evils, but no form of immorality compares with the evil of spiritual adultery, which is idolatry.
8. He stole that which God had set aside not to be meddled with. Thus, his sin brought trouble to the whole world, just as Achanís sin was that which brought trouble to all Israel.
9. He bore witness against God when he believed not his word. Unbelief is the blasphemously daring declaration of Adam and his offspring that God is a liar (1 John 5:10).
10. He coveted an evil covetousness, which cost him his life, and all this brought death upon all his family.
It is this death, this spiritual death, which is the result of Adamís sin, which Paul speaks of when he says, ďIn Adam all die.Ē It is this spiritual death in which all human beings live by nature. Yes, you and I are all guilty of each of these horrible transgressions. We have all broken each of Godís commands, not once, not twice, but from our youth up, all the days of our lives. We are all wilful transgressors, obstinate sinners, deliberate workers of iniquity. There are no exceptions. Until you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner, just like our father Adam, you will never obtain Godís mercy in Christ. But, as soon as you confess your sin, you have the forgiveness of all sin through the blood of Christ. It is written, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.