Today’s Scripture: For since by man [Adam] came death, by man [Jesus Christ] came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:2122

Have you ever heard the fictional story of the little boy who saved the Netherlands by putting his finger in a leaking dike? As the story goes, the boy saw a tiny trickle of water flowing from a crack in the dike. Because he knew the crack would grow larger and the water could flood the country, he stopped the water with his finger until the dike could be repaired.

The enemies of the Bible know that if they can make a crack in its authority by disproving one verse, then the rest of Scripture will fall with it. They especially want to tear down the creation account in Genesis with Adam and Eve. This isn’t an insignificant thing. If they succeed, then they will have destroyed Christianity. Romans 5:12 proves that Adam — not an evolutionary accident — was responsible for the sin and death in the world. Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

1 Corinthians 15:22 contrasts Adam with Jesus Christ. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. You can’t have one without the other. If Bible critics are right and we can’t believe that Adam existed, then neither can we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior. Every part of Scripture is connected.

I’m pleased to tell you that Christianity will never be disproven, because the Word of God is true. You can be sure that the same God Who punished Adam and Eve for their sin will deal with you and your sins. The same God Who said He was well-pleased with His Son also takes pleasure in you when you trust and obey Him. You can also be sure that just as God promised redemption and forgiveness for Adam and Eve, so He has promised to redeem you. Believe His Word. Believe on His Son — they will never fail you.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder