Debt is a prison because it enslaves you. Influencing your decisions. Dominating your thoughts. Determining your realm of influence.
All disciples of Christ were at one time spiritually indebted to sin. Separated from Papa and destined for hell.
But thankfully, Jesus paid the debt. All sins— past, present and future have been expunged from our criminal records.
Through a sovereign act of love, Jesus served the sentence for us.
When Adam sinned, the entire world was affected. Sin entered human experience, and death was the result. So death followed this sin. Casting its shadow over all humanity because all have sinned.
Sin was in the world before Moses gave the written law, but it was not charged against them where no law existed. Yet death reigned as king from Adam to Moses. Even though they hadn’t broken a command the way Adam had.
The first man, Adam, was a picture of the Messiah who was to come.
Now there is no comparison between Adam’s transgression, and the gracious gift that we experience. The magnitude of the gift far outweighs the crime.
It’s true that many died because of one man’s transgression, but how much greater will God’s grace and His gracious gift of acceptance overflow to many because of what one Man, Jesus the Messiah, did for us!
And this free-flowing gift imparts to us much more than what was given to us through the one who sinned. Because of one transgression, we are all facing a death sentence with a verdict of “Guilty!” But this gracious gift leaves us free from our many failures and brings us into the perfect righteousness of God. Acquitted with the words “Not guilty!”
Death once held us in its grip, and by the blunder of one man, death reigned as king over humanity. But now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace and continue reigning as kings in life. Enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness in the one and only Jesus, the Messiah!
The Passion Translation