The Power of One

The Power of One

24 May 2009


17 The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God’s wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. 18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brought condemnation upon everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness makes all people right in God’s sight and gives them life. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many people became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many people will be made right in God’s sight. (Romans 5:17-19 NLT) 

Ten times in Romans 5:15-19 the word “one” is used in the New Living Translation.

- Sin entered the world through one man.
- Many died by the sin of one man.
- God’s grace came by one man.
- The result of one man’s sin.
- The result of one man’s righteousness.
- The judgment that followed one sin.
- Death reigned through one man.
- God’s gift of grace, righteousness, and life through one man.
- The result of one act of sin was condemnation for all.
- The result of one act of obedience was life for all.

One man – one sin, one man – one act of righteousness. The consequences of one act of sin, the result of one act of righteous obedience.

These verses made me think of the power of one. The power of one person for evil, the power of one act of sin for evil. The power of one person for good, the power of one act of righteousness for good.

Each of us has the power for great good or great harm – one act of sin can affect many others and one act of righteousness can affect many.


Father, help me to use the power of one wisely today. Let me be one who affects others for good. Let me do one act of righteousness today that will be a blessing to others.

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