“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—…”
One man, named Adam, brought sin into the world (see Genesis 3:17-19). This sin is what has caused death to enter the world. Secularists believe that death is a natural aspect of life. The Bible, and Paul, disagree. Death isn’t natural. For those who have watched people and loved ones agonizingly die, they know there is nothing natural about death. It is an evil intrusion into a once-perfect creation. It was never meant to be by God.
The disease of sin is passed on through Adam to all people. At the moment of conception, we are bent toward self. We are inclined to rebel against God. If you don’t believe this, have children! These beautiful, little creatures are bent on having the world revolve around them.
This fallen, sinful nature causes death for all: physical and spiritual death. Physically, we all die. That is an observable reality. Spiritually, we are deeply separated from God. We are spiritually dead too, primarily seeking after our own way. That too is a reality.
We all need a Savior to be reconciled to God. That’s Paul’s point in these verses.
Do you know the Savior personally?