Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned – for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 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. Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 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. – Romans 5:12-19
Your DNA (the information code that God employs to define every cell in your body) is exposed to damage from things such as sunlight, X-rays, hurtful chemicals in food, and the environment … and perhaps even by your cell phone. The result is that each cell has to repair as many as 500,000 DNA lesions every single day! As part of our miraculous design, each cell has an extensive repair “factory” that copies “good” DNA and uses that model to repair the damaged DNA at amazing speed. Normally, that speed slows down as we age, which marks the beginning of medical problems. Ultimately, in every case, the DNA break-down is so complete that every one of us will finally die.
God didn’t design us to die. It was Adam and Eve’s sinful decision to break God’s command in Eden’s garden that introduced a fatal infection into our DNA and reached all the way into our souls, affecting our thoughts, decisions, actions, health, and life. Even before the Ten Commandments were given, people were breaking them all of the time.
Adam’s sin keeps getting passed down from one generation to the next. Our children are born as sinners because we gave them our sinful nature. But Jesus gave a far greater gift. He earned a perfect grade on his life by never once sinning. Then, he offered up his perfect life on the cross as payment for not just one sin, but for the billions of sins committed since Adam! And having purchased forgiveness for them all, he gives it to you and me and the whole world for free, a gift of his grace. His gift is so big that everyone, including Adam himself, received God’s own stamp of “Holy” because God looked at us through Jesus, and saw nothing but “righteousness.” Through faith in Jesus, when he calls us home to heaven, we will have new eternal bodies with perfect DNA!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for the huge gift you have given me in reversing the effects of our sin-damaged DNA by giving me eternal life through faith in you. Walk with me each day and keep me always aware of the eternity that’s coming. Amen.