Romans 5:18-19 (The Message)
Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right.

In these verses the apostle compares Adam to Christ. The one sinful act of Adam brought death to everyone. However the one righteous act of Christ brought life for everyone.

In the September 2006 edition of Readers Digest, comedian and actor Bob Newhart tells about a part of his life upon finishing college. He had attended Loyola College and received a management degree so he took a job as a bookkeeper. Part of his responsibility was handling the petty cash drawer. As salesmen turned in their expense receipts during the day, Bob would exchange them for cash. At the end of the day he would have to reconcile the cash with the receipts, but he found it never seemed to balance. So he got creative; if the drawer was short $2, he would put in $2 of his own personal money. If the drawer was over by $3, he would take $3 out. His boss finally caught on and lectured him on not following sound accounting principles. We became out of balance in our relationship with God when Adam sinned. Many have believed if I do this right thing then I am making up the difference, but the truth is we all have fallen short of the glory of God. We all continue to sin and we can never put things back into balance on our own. Our methods are wrong when we think we can balance good deeds versus sins. You can’t do a little more good today and if things work out tomorrow maybe you receive a little bit back. It is why Christ stepped in and paid the debt in full. Christ restored the balance of our relationship with God. We can be with God because Christ made right, what Adam made wrong.