12  J I M TAY L O R judgment came of one unto condemnation, but the free gift came of many trespasses unto justification. For if, by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; much more shall they that receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, even Jesus Christ. So then as through one trespass the judgment came unto all men to con- demnation; even so through one act of righteousness the free gift came unto all men to justification of life. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one shall the many be made righteous. And the law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did abound more exceed- ingly: that, as sin reigned in death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The reason that Romans 5:12–21 is so difficult to understand is not because of the way it is written, or because of the words Paul used to put it all together. It is difficult to comprehend because it says something that is very challenging to believe: that God would declare the judgment of death against innocent people and even little babies for the trespass that one man committed. But that is exactly what the first part of the verses in Romans 5:12– 21 says that God did, and this book will illustrate why he did it. It was because God is holy and righteous and he cannot tolerate sin, nor can he tolerate anything that sin has contaminated—and it was Adam’s trespass that corrupted the whole creation and condemned the entire human family. Therefore, God paid the supreme price himself to do away with all sin and to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The price God paid was the death of his own Son on a cruel cross. It was Jesus who suffered the death sentence for Adam’s trespass the very moment that