For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. (NIV)
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (KJV)
For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. (NASB)
Just as by Adam's disobedience to God's command many were made sinners, so also by Christ's obedience to the Father many who trust Him are declared righteous. Christ's obedience led Him to the cross as our Sin bearer.
It is futile for universalists to use these verses to try to prove that all men will eventually be saved. The passage deals with two federal headships, and it is clear that just as Adam's sin affects those who are "in him," so Christ's righteous act benefits only those who are "in Him."
MacDonald, William ; Farstad, Arthur: Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments. Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 1997, c1995, S. Ro 5:19
The Hebrew word 'adam is used over 500 times in the Old Testament in the sense of "human being" or "humanity." Only in early Genesis and 1 Chronicles 1:1 is 'adam the proper name of Adam, the first man. Early Genesis defines Adam's role in history. Any insight we're given into Adam as an individual is found there.
Richards, Larry: Every Man in the Bible. Nashville : T. Nelson, 1999, S. 2
Crosses by Brian
Creator of crosses that carry a message to be proclaimed with courage.