14  J I M TAY L O R diately restored life to all who had been judged and condemned because of Adam’s sin. Likewise, the free gift offers the forgive- ness of sin and eternal life to all who had died because of their own sins (the sins they themselves have committed). For the free gift to take away the sins that a person commits himself (not Adam’s trespass, but their own sins), belief in the Christ to be the Son of God and obedience to God’s Word is absolutely necessary (John 8:24; John 8:31–32). There is a Scripture that sums up Romans 5:12–21 perfectly. It is 1 Corinthians 15:21–22 which says, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” There is another Scripture in Romans 5 that says about the same thing: So then as through one trespass the judgment came unto all men to condemnation; even so through one act of righteousness the free gift came unto all men to jus- tification of life. For as through the one man’s disobe- dience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one shall the many be made righ- teous. (Romans 5:18–19) Those Scriptures say that when Adam sinned, it was he alone who condemned the entire creation by his one act of disobedi- ence. All other men, even men who had not yet been born, were helpless to do anything to escape the consequence of Adam’s trespass, and therefore, they stood condemned by his sin. They were going to be born into a condemned world and would be condemned with it. However, Jesus died on the cross to forgive all men of sin and save them from sin and death. That included Adam’s trespass, and it includes the salvation of little babies and all of the people who have not yet been born. Jesus achieved all of that alone, and not one person had any part of the salvation that Jesus established for all men with his cross. Without our par-