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Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of Him that was to come.

But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one Man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ.)

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

- Romans 5:12-21

 
Scriptural Reasons for a Two-Covenant View Regarding Man's Salvation
(The Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace)

Reasons

Example Text

A two-covenant presentation:

1. Most clearly maintains the direct comparisons of two covenants pertaining to man's salvation found in Scripture (the Covenant of Works compared to the Covenant of Grace).

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.

- Romans 5:18-19

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

- I Corinthians 15:22,45,47

2. Most clearly presents the inseparable connection between God's thoughts of salvation from eternity with His performance of salvation in time according to the plan and agreement of His Covenant of Grace.

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

- 11 Timothy 1:9

According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.

In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

- Ephesians 1:4-7

3. Most clearly pictures the inseparable connection between Christ as Head of His church and covenant, and His elect church as body and recipients of His covenant blessings.

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the Saviour of the body.

Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

- Ephesians 5:23-24

And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.

- Colossians 1:18

4. Most clearly proclaims Christ as the only meriting cause and foundation of salvation, and eliminates the dangerous tendencies of again making man a directly-agreeing party with God through his conditional obedience.

That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

- Ephesians 2:7-10


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