Feb 26, 2014

Readers' Theatre: Romans 5: 12-19

Here’s a two-voice readers’ theatre setting of Romans 5: 12-19, from The Voice translation of Scripture.  For an alternative setting, see this post.

Readers’ Theatre: Romans 5: 12-19

Consider this:
sin entered our world through one man, Adam;

and through sin, death followed in hot pursuit.
Death spread rapidly to infect all people on the earth
as they engaged in sin.

Before God gave the law, sin existed, but there was no way to account for it.

Outside the law, how could anyone be charged and found guilty of sin?

Still, death plagued all humanity from Adam to Moses,
even those whose sin was of a different sort than Adam’s.

You see, in God’s plan,
Adam was a prototype of the One who comes to usher in a new day.

But the free grace bears no resemblance to Adam’s crime
that brings a death sentence to all of humanity;

in fact, it is quite the opposite.

For if the one man’s sin brings death to so many,
how much more does the gift of God’s radical grace extend to humanity
since Jesus the Anointed offered His generous gift.

His free gift is nothing like the scourge of the first man’s sin.
The judgment that fell because of one false step brought condemnation,
but the free gift following countless offenses results in a favorable verdict—

not guilty!

If one man’s sin brought a reign of death—that’s Adam’s legacy—
how much more will those who receive grace in abundance
and the free gift of redeeming justice
reign in life by means of one other man—Jesus the Anointed.

So here is the result:
as one man’s sin brought about condemnation and punishment for all people,
so one man’s act of faithfulness makes all of us right with God
and brings us to new life.

Just as through one man’s defiant obedience
every one of us were made sinners,
so through the willing obedience of the one
many of us will be made right.

~ taken from The Voice Bible translation of Scripture, copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. http://www.hearthevoice.com/