Romans 5:16

So is the gift not like it was by one that sinned: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses unto justification.
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AD 400
There is an obvious difference between the fact that those who have sinned in imitation of Adam’s transgression have been condemned and the fact that the grace of God in Christ has justified men not from one trespass but from many sins, giving them forgiveness of sins. Commentary on Paul’s Epistles.

Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
This is the difference: in Adam one sin was condemned, but by the Lord many sins have been forgiven.

Diodorus of Tarsus

AD 390
Paul wants to say that it was because of Adam’s sin, although it was only one, that God condemned many, on account of the fact that they copied Adam. But the grace of the Lord was measured not according to that one sin but according to the many sins which all had committed. Thus Christ transformed many sins into righteousness. .

John Chrysostom

AD 407
The free gift is much greater than the judgment…. For it was not just Adam’s sin which was done away with by the free gift but all other sins as well. And it was not just that sin was done away with—justification was given, too. So Christ did not merely do the same amount of good that Adam did of harm, but far more and greater good.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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