“If by the one man [Adam]’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17)
I have occasionally thought that it doesn’t seem quite “fair” that we all, without exception, have to suffer for Great-Grandfather Adam’s bite out of an apple.
But is it “fair” that God had to send His only begotten Son to buy redemption for Adam and his entire family with His own life? No, Adam had very “fair” warning (“you shall surely die”), but even after daily in-person face-to-face walks and talks with God (can you even imagine?!), he still chose to disbelieve his Creator.
What probably would have been “fair” would have been for God to completely abandon Adam’s race to their deliberate and foolish choice and start again with an entirely new race on a different planet. Why shouldn’t the Master Artist toss out a project that failed due to willfully flawed material and move on to other, better things?
But we all know that He didn’t, and that He chose an epic plan of love and redemption instead. There’s nothing “fair” about that; it’s sheer mercy. What wondrous love is this, O my soul?!