“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Today’s topic is a more important question in the subject of salvation than the question of works. That is, while many think that salvation is about what they do, it is first and foremost about the Adam to which we belong. Adam is Hebrew for ‘mankind’. It wasn’t the name of one man (in fact the first man was never named Adam), it was the name of his entire race. “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called THEIR NAME Adam…” (Genesis 5:2).

This is why when the first man sinned and died, we all sinned and died.  “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). We were not sinners because we sinned. We sinned because we were sinners.

God sent a second Adam into the world. His name is Jesus. He died for our sins. Sin is only an issue for people who are not in Him. Just as the guilt of the sin of the first Adam was passed to us, the righteousness of the second Adam is passed to all that are in him: “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men” (Romans 5:17-18). The real question concerning salvation is therefore this: “To which Adam do you belong?”