I was never personally troubled by this question because God has made the means of being saved from sin so simple it just never concerned me. But something else that did concern me is when I’d hear Christians say, “Even though you didn’t have to, God thank you for saving me.” Now I’d think, “Of course a loving God would have to save you.” But it wasn’t until just a few years ago I understood I was wrong and ‘they’ were right. I finally understood the concept of Federal Headship.
Federal headship refers to the representation of a group united under a federation or covenant. For example, a country’s president may be seen as the federal head of his nation, representing and speaking on its behalf before the rest of the world.
This is really a foreign concept to most western people today but that does not make the idea false.
So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.
Federal Headship swings both ways. If you think it is wrong to for Adam’s sin to count against all people, do you think it is wrong for Christ’s sacrifice to count for everyone for everyone who will repent and receive it? “But Christ wouldn’t need to die for sins if we didn’t inherit original sin.” But if Adam and Eve sinned so easily, do you really think you’d do any better? Let’s say you did. You go 100 years without sinning and then one day you hit your thumb with a hammer and used God’s name in vain. Now you are in the same boat anyway even without original sin.
Apart for a divine nature, such as Jesus has, it is practically impossible to never sin. Thank God He sent Jesus to take our punishment for those who will receive His free gift.
1 Corinthians 15:22
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him