In this sermon, part of a series on the Book of Romans, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, contrasts the work of Christ vs. Adam, demonstrating God’s amazing grace. Here are some excerpts:

Rather than being depressed at all the evil in the world, let us never forget that God is at work as never before, because where sin increases, grace increases all the more — I want to focus on what God is doing, don’t you?

God’s Grace– the Work of Christ

[Verse 21 says,] “So that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness, to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Now there are 2 key thoughts here that are really good news:

  1. The word “reign” is used 5 times in this passage, and it speaks of the control or rulership exercised by a king. So, what he’s saying is that either sin and death are going to control your life, or grace and life are going to be in control; and you have to choose between the kingdom of Adam or the Kingdom of God. And
  2. The other phrase in verse 20 is “all the more.” Grace increased “all the more.” The phrase is used 3 times; in verses 15, 17, and 20. Every time it’s used, it refers to God’s grace. He’s saying that in Jesus Christ we gain much more than we ever lost in Adam, and that’s great news! I believe these words justify the conclusion that the work of Christ will in the end be seen to be much more effective than the work of Adam; that Christ will raise to life many more than Adam will drag to death.

We know that God will fulfill His promise to make Abraham’s seed as numerous as the stars in the sky (Gen. 15:5) and the sand on the seashore (Gen. 22:17). This refers, of course, to his spiritual family, and that includes all of us who believe. As Revelation 7:9 assures us, when the redeemed are all gathered before God’s throne, they will be “a great multitude that no one could count” from all the world’s nations, peoples and languages.

Enter By the Narrow Gate

But someone says, “Didn’t Jesus say, ‘Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”? Yes, He said that. But notice that when someone asked Him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” (Luke 13:23), you remember our Lord’s answer: He simply said, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door…” He was really saying, “Leave a question like that to God; God, and God alone, knows how many are going to be saved. It is not your business or mine to discover how many are going to be saved.

Our Business

Our business is to make every effort to enter; to make certain that we are inside the Kingdom, and that we are trusting Christ alone for our salvation. If we make certain that we are inside, then, one day in glory, and not until then, we shall find out how many companions we have. It may very well be that we shall have a great surprise! But it is not our business now.

Dear friend, make sure, this very moment, that you are inside!


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


March 24, 1996

Romans 5:12-21

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