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Wednesday Wisdom 10.18.17

"So the problem with the human race is not most deeply that everybody does various kinds of sins - those sins are real, they are huge and they are enough to condemn us. Paul is very concerned about them. But the deepest problem is that behind all our depravity and all our guilt and all our sinning, there is a deep mysterious connection with Adam whose sin became our sin and whose judgment became our judgment. And the Savior from this condition and this damage is one Savior, who stands in Adam's place as a kind of second Adam (or "last Adam," 1 Cor. 15:45). And in one great life and death of obedience he undoes what Adam did. In Adam all men were appointed sinners (Rom. 5:19), but all who are in Christ are appointed righteous. In Adam all received condemnation (Rom. 5:18), in Christ all receive justification." - John Piper Adam, Christ, and Justification, Part 1