Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
Though Adam fell and disobeyed, God’s confidence was not in Adam’s ability to obey, but in His redemptive plan of the ages. Jesus was the Lamb of God predetermined to be slain before the foundations of the world. “’Her … seed shall bruise thy head” was the judgment pronounced upon the devil (Gen. 3:15). Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (I John 3:8). The Philips’ translation of that verse uses the word “liquidate” for “destroy.” To liquidate means “to settle a debt and wind up the affairs of.” At Calvary the debt was settled. Jesus said “IT IS FINISHED!”
The leverage that Satan had gained over man was broken. The scarlet thread had finally weaved itself around the devil’s neck and choked him. On the cross, Jesus disarmed principalities and powers (Col. 2:15). God’s weakness had destroyed the devil’s strength.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
Jesus had whipped and mastered the devil at every turn. The same allurements that had worked on the first Adam were combatted and overcome by the last Adam. With every temptation Jesus responded with “IT IS WRITTEN!” The devil would depart from Him for a season, or a more opportune time. Every time he would return Jesus would master him through binding and loosing according to God’s will. It now culminated at Golgotha, the place of the skull, on a Roman execution stake, before the mockers of Satan’s court.
Jesus rose from the dead and heralded, “I am He that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death!” (Rev. 1:18). Keys are always symbolic of authority. Here, and in Matthew 16:19, referring to the authority that Adam lost. Dominion had been restored! What Adam lost in the garden to a tree that represented disobedience, Christ regained at Calvary on a tree that represented obedience.
Romans 5: 19
For by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.