“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom 5:12).
Rom 5:14 – Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
In between Adam and Moses there was no Ten Commandments, so those who were sinning were not violating a directly expressed command as Adam had done. Nevertheless death continued to spread because they were sinning against the law of God written upon their human nature – their conscience that Romans 2:14-15 speaks about:
“For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another” Rom 2:14-15
If Romans 5:12 is not saying that we sinned in Adam, what is it saying?
Isa 59:2 – But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Rom 7:9 – For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
Col 2:13 – And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Luk 15:24 – For this my son was dead, and is alive again (alive for the second time).
The spiritual death that Adam brought into the world has spread to all men because of their own personal individual sinning. As the Apostle Paul said, “death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom 5:12).
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