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The Power of a Single Act

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  Romans 5:19 KJV

the power of a single actThe power of a single act can amaze us.

When I was little and bullied at school because we were poor, I went to my mother. After a few minutes on her lap and her embrace, all was right with the world again.

Paul speaks about the first man, Adam, and the last Adam, Jesus Christ. Both, through a single act, played a vital role in shaping human history. Each man’s act was a reaction to God’s revealed will. And we will feel the impact of their single act throughout eternity.

The first Adam disobeyed God, bringing sin and death into the world by his disobedience. The consequences of this disobedience entail alienation, suffering, and eternal loss if our sins are not forgiven.

Adam’s act of disobedience separated him from God. As a result, all his descendants are now born with a sinful nature, isolated from a holy God. Humanly speaking, nothing could have reversed this sinful act and its consequences.

But then Jesus came to show God’s love. By His single act of obedience, He countermanded Adam’s disobedient act forever. Jesus’ self-sacrifice and death on Calvary paid in full the debt we owed a holy God.

Through faith in Christ, God will deliver us from the power of sin and its consequences. God makes us His children, we receive His nature and Spirit, and He promises us a home in heaven. God imputes Christ’s righteousness to us through faith. Adam’s act imparted sin and death, but Christ’s act imparts righteousness and eternal life to all who receive Him.

God gives us a choice. We can remain under the condemnation of Adam’s act, or we can accept Christ and rest in His finished work on Calvary.

Have you realized the power of a single act of belief?

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James Cagle

James H. Cagle has been preaching and getting the Word out since 1982. He has pastored for twelve years. He now writes for twelve newspapers weekly. He has published three books and is working on several others. James spent four years in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1980 as a sergeant. He grew up in Bemiss, Georgia, and graduated from Lowndes High in 1975. He currently resides in Nashville, Georgia.