God’s grace in Christ and the gift of righteousness through Him conquers all sin and death.

BibleGateway: Romans 5:12-17

ESV Text: Romans 5:12-17

Romans 5:12–17

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men1 because all sinned—13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.


[1] 5:12 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women; also twice in verse 18


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 5
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 369:
All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. All mankind fell in Adam’s fall, 
One common sin infects them all; 
From sire to son the bane descends, 
And over all the curse impends. 

2. Through all man’s powers corruption creeps 
And him in dreadful bondage keeps; 
In guilt he draws his infant breath 
And reaps its fruits of woe and death. 

3. From hearts depraved, to evil prone, 
Flow thoughts and deeds of sin alone; 
God’s image lost, the darkened soul 
Nor seeks nor finds its heavenly goal. 

4. But Christ, the second Adam, came 
To bear our sin and woe and shame, 
To be our Life, our Light, our Way, 
Our only Hope, our only Stay. 

5. As by one man all mankind fell 
And, born in sin, was doomed to hell, 
So by one Man, who took our place, 
We all received the gift of grace. 

6. We thank Thee, Christ; new life is ours, 
New light, new hope, new strength, new powers: 
May grace our every way attend 
Until we reach our journey’s end! 

Hymn: LSB 561 The Tree of Life