Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. – Romans 5:12
Caught up in the glorious truth of justification by faith alone that he had defined in Romans 3:21–4:25, Paul could not help but to explore in 5:1–11 some of the practical benefits that flow from the doctrine—peace with God, access into God’s presence, the outpouring of divine love, and so on. In Romans 5:12–21, however, the Apostle returns to the doctrine of justification by faith alone and focuses on two main issues that he has not yet explored in great detail….
First, given that justification by faith alone is necessary to remedy the problem of our rebellion, why are all people apart from Christ rebels against the Lord to begin with? Second, given that justification by faith alone puts people into a new legal status of righteousness, how does God constitute that righteousness?
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