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
A spiritual union, as in who I am united to in spirit, determines what I will believe and even what choices I will make. To be bound to Christ, to enjoy the flow of His abundant life, is to be like Jesus in how I handle my life, both on the outside and on the inside.
Paul is about to tackle some of the heaviest parts of his teaching and perhaps, because it is difficult, it is often skipped over. Can we afford to do that? May God give us each understanding.
On the one hand, I understand the nature of a spiritual union. My parents wanted me to make friends with good kids because they knew that a bad spiritual union could take me down a destructive path. A good parent also wants their children to marry well; to become united with someone who loves Christ more than anyone else. Parents know that two Christians, bound to Jesus, will enjoy the kind of relationship God had in mind when he created the institution of marriage.
Unfortunately, each of us still experiences the fallout from getting involved with the wrong person. Something allured us and sucked us in. It might have even looked godly. Oh, we can feel the stinging consequences for a long time.
Paul is emphasizing the fact that every person alive was born bound to Adam. That spiritual union was not something we chose at birth. It just was – because Adam’s sin infected every descendant with a sin nature. What are the evidences that I was bound to Adam completely, and that I still fight the lingering effects of that union in my flesh?
- I am drawn to things God doesn’t love.
- I value people and things more than I value God.
- I have a hard time breaking bad habits.
- Destructive relational patterns are often my defaults.
- Instead of praying, I try to figure things out on my own first.
- I want to make others pay instead of forgive.
Becoming a child of God means entering into a spiritual union with His Son, Jesus, so that I am delivered from the curse of that fateful union with Adam. Eternal life, not death, begins to define me.
I will become like the One I worship, like the One with whom I spend the most time.
Adam brought spiritual death to me, even as an infant. Thank you for calling me to Your heart so that I could experience the beauty of this spiritual union. I cling to You without apology. Amen