(this post is "recycled" while I update categories)
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— (Romans 5:12 ESV)
This is not a "Federal Headship" post. This verse does not say because one man sinned, we are all guilty of his sin...it says "all sinned"
We are all touched by death; all of us have known somebody who has died. Some of us have had a very close loved one leave this earth. For some of us, we have the comfort of knowing that we will see them again. Others of us do not have that comfort.
It is not "life" that gives us death.
It is SIN that gives us death
"and, you know, we all will probably die with something sooner or later..." (former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders)
Yes...we all will "probably" die. All of us that are walking on this earth right now are mortal...we will die
That is the "T". The Total Depravity that touches all of our lives.
The "T" is important because it makes the problem crystal clear. All have sinned.
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in< his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26 ESV)
Without the "T", the need for a Saviour is not so clear. Without the Saviour, the "T" brings hopelessness.
But we do have the "T", we do need a Saviour and we do HAVE a Saviour.
We have hope...
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Eph. 2:8-9 ESV)
The "T" makes us understand that we are so steeped in sin that there is nothing we can do to merit our salvation.
The hope is in Christ and in Christ alone. It is by grace, through faith, not of works.
We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.(ISA 64: 6-7 ESV)
It is only in our understanding of our need for the Saviour that we are able to reach out for salvation.