“Sermon:” From Adam to Christ: The Grace that Conquers all our Sin (Romans 5:12-19) -- By: Thomas R. Schreiner

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 15:1 (Spring 2011)
Article: “Sermon:” From Adam to Christ: The Grace that Conquers all our Sin (Romans 5:12-19)
Author: Thomas R. Schreiner

“Sermon:” From Adam to Christ: The Grace that Conquers all our Sin (Romans 5:12-19)

Thomas R. Schreiner

Thomas R. Schreiner is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean for Scripture and Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He also serves as Preaching Pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. A widely respected New Testament scholar, Dr. Schreiner is the author of many books, including New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ (Baker, 2008) and Galatians in the Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series (Zondervan, 2010).

Part I

G. K. Chesterton famously once said that original sin is the most empirically verifiable of all Christian doctrines. Just looking at the history of the twentieth century confirms this judgment. In the early decades of the twentieth century 1.5 million Armenians were killed and deported by the Turks. It is estimated that 11 million were murdered in the holocaust ordered by Hitler, including 6 million Jews. Scholars suggest that Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union killed between 20-50 million. It is estimated that Mao Zedong murdered between 50-70 million in China. Pol Pot killed between 1.5 and 2 million in Cambodia, which is about 20% of the population. In the 1990s the Rwandan Genocide meant the murder of 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus, about 20% of the population. It is said that Slobodan Milosevic killed around 230,000 in the war in former Yugoslavia.

Now these shocking and staggering numbers are not just mere statistics on a page. Every one of the people murdered was an individual like you and me with hopes, dreams, fears, and joys. Every one of these individuals was a person of dignity and significance, created in God’s image and made for God’s glory. Truly, these numbers are stunning and staggering. They are a testimony to the depth of evil in the human heart.

Original sin is not just evident in the big events of history; it is also evident in the small things of life as well. For example, we don’t have to teach our children to be selfish and to say “mine” and to whine and cry if things don’t go their way. Original sin shows up when husbands and wives fight and get divorced, when children fight and quarrel, when people commit sexual sin, when people in business cheat, and when people in government use God-given authority and power to their own

advantage and for their own gain. G. K. Chesterton was certainly not wrong. Sadly, original sin with all of its disastrous consequences, both individually and corporately can be empirically verified and one of the most important texts in Scriptu...

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