Just as a single sin plunged all
Of Adam’s seed into the fall,
The condemnation, so one deed
Of righteousness fulfilled the need
Of the whole world. All who believe
Justification will receive.
As one man’s disobedience caused
The many to be counted lost,
So, too, One Man’s submissiveness
Will bring to many righteousness.
The law came in besides. ’Twas so
The sense of sin might keener grow.
But when that consciousness increased,
Grace topped it, and this never ceased.
Result was this: O’er death reigned Sin,
But all the while Grace ruled within
The heart, as Conqueror in the strife,
Bringing, through Christ, eternal life!
–“Romans 5 in Poetry”, William Hendriksen (verses 18‐21)

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