Torrey - Man -2.1- The Result of the Fall

II. THE RESULT OF THE FALL. Romans 5:19 RV — "For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one shall many be made righteous."

Proposition: Through the one man's disobedience, the many were made (or constituted) sinners.

Adam stood as the representative of the race; indeed, he was the race, and all coming generations were in him. (Compare to Hebrews 7:9-10.) In Adam's fall the race fell. "All sinned," as in Romans 5:12 RV — "Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned."

Many say, "I would rather stand for myself." If you had stood for yourself, you would have fallen as Adam did. God's plan, when we see the whole of it, is far more gracious than this. As the first Adam fell for us, so we all would have done for ourselves; so the second Adam obeyed for us, as none of us would have done if left to stand for ourselves.