by Randy Chambers, 2005-01-30
Romans 5:12, NIV: 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
We too have bad roots. Not to put it all on Adam, but it is true that our roots are
tainted with sin and the effects thereof. God, of course, saw this condition and knew what
to do to bring life back to us. "For if by the transgression of the one, death
reigned. . .much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of
righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ" (Rom.5:17). God
replaced the roots. Or should I say, He engrafted the branches onto a new root system--one
that was full of life. Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches, if a man
remains in me and I in him he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing"
(Jn.15:5). Jesus was God's answer to our bad roots. But strange as it is, we
continue to try to do so much on our own--out of self will and self determination.
Referring back to the vine and the branches, we would think it odd if the branches on a
plant suddenly jumped off, deciding they would go it alone for a while. Yet that is
exactly what we do when we choose our way over God's. We stop abiding in the Vine
(Christ), and somehow think we have the strength within ourselves to do all things--or at
least some things.