The Berean Expositor
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Himself used for "transgression of the law" is "lawlessness". Sin therefore is going our
own way instead of God's way.
Turn yet again to Rom. 14: 23, "Whatsoever is not of faith is SIN". Faith therefore
is very parallel to law in this respect. Faith cannot be "lawless", faith is always "right".
In this passage it stand for the conscience enlightened by the truth and gospel. What the
law was to the O.T. believer, faith is to the N.T. believer.
Psalm 51: could be memorized, and such a passage as Rom. 3: read over together
several times. If the child is able, a useful lesson (which should not be attempted at one
sitting) would be the construction of a concordance of the word sin from one of the
epistles. This should not be suggested to a child that has not had some year or two of
ordinary schooling.
Not right.
Not of faith.
#5. Salvation.--The First, and the Last Adam.
pp. 175, 176
Salvation is many sided, and we must not unduly hurry in our endeavour to bring this
wonderful testimony of God before our little charges. We observed, when dealing with
the fall of man, that one word, disobedience, summed up the sin that brought in the curse.
We shall find that obedience has brought in the blessing.
A clear statement as to this is found in  Rom. 5: 19,  "For as by one man's
disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made
There are some who exclaim, "What, take little children to Rom. 5:?" We say, Yes,
and ask anyone who has the opportunity to test the clearness of the scripture upon the
mind unclouded by "theology" and its problems. The parables, so often assumed to be
the proper lesson material for the child, are far more difficult to comprehension than the
doctrine of Rom. 5: Let us notice what Rom. 5: 12-21 teaches. We shall find that two
persons are brought together, Adam and Christ. Adam is "the figure of Him that was to
come". Every evil effect of Adam's action is answered by a corresponding effect of
Christ's action.
We can set out parallel columns and by dint of careful questioning and reading
discover something like the following:--