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Read Romans 5:15-21.

When Adam stretched out his hands and took the forbidden fruit, he brought death to all mankind. But when the perfect, sinless Jesus stretched out His hands on the cross, He made it possible for everyone who believes in Him to live. For, when Jesus died on the cross in obedience to His Father, He defeated sin, Satan, hell, and the grave and made it possible for us to inherit eternal life.

In this passage Paul is contrasting these two acts—one destructive and the other restorative. Adam’s failure brought us condemnation, but Christ’s victory brought us salvation. Adam fell, Christ arose, and now in Christ the believer wins.

We win because the gift of grace did not merely restore us to Adam’s state before the fall. Instead, through God’s grace, we receive His abiding Spirit and the sure promise of glory. Adam’s one selfish act has been overwhelmed by God’s gracious gift.

If you are tempted today to think that your sins are too great, remember that the grace of God is infinitely greater. If you are tempted to think that Satan is too powerful to resist, remember that the power that raised Christ from the grave lives in you. And if you are tempted to doubt your salvation, remember that it is well with your soul because Jesus has perfectly paid your ransom.

Is there an area of your life where it seems that evil is winning? Remember: Satan is defeated. Christ arose, and you win.

Prayer: Lord, I praise You for Your power! You are the matchless God. Your perfections are infinite. Who can stand before You? I rest in Christ, my Champion, my Savior. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“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!” (Romans 5:17).

 

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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