On my last post we established that sin is a heart disease. It is much more than just breaking rules. It is an act of rebellion against Almighty God. Wasn’t that Adam’s and Eve’s problem though? What does it have to do with me? How does it affect me in the 21st century in modern Britain?
We often think about the way sin entered the world as a problem related to those that sinned then. And then we think we are different, better. We didn’t do it. We are ok.
The Bible tells us that because of what happened that day when Adam and Eve decided in their hearts to rebel against God, that we are all like them.
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.” Romans 5:12
We all have in our hearts the inclination to say NO to God and deny Him his rightful place as King in our lives. We all want that throne for ourselves.
This is the tricky part. It is very hard for people to see themselves as a sinner. In their eyes, and the eyes of the community, they might be good law-abiding citizens. They might have really high moral standards. They might be involved in doing good to people in need. What they fail to see is that in their hearts they are still saying NO to God. They don’t need Him as king.
Romans 3:23 says:
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
All have sinned. That is what the Bible says. It does not say: the person that is not doing “good”, or living his/her life according to the law of the country. It says “ALL”.
Remember sin is about breaking a relationship with God. It is going against Him. It is denying Him the throne of your life.
When we think back to Adam and Eve in the garden, God punished them for their disobedience by sending them away from the garden. He banished them from His presence. And death entered the world. Physical and spiritual death.
Romans 6:23 says:
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Death is what each one of us deserves for our sins. Rebellion against the King is punishable by death. Our bodies will grow old and physically die and spiritually we will be eternally separated from God.
Sin affects us all, even when we think we lead “good” lives; even when we live in modern Britain. That is difficult to accept because the world tells us that there is no such thing as sin. It is bad for your self-esteem. Sin is a matter of the heart and i needs to be dealt with. But how? What can we possibly do?
In tomorrow’s post we are going to see how God dealt with sin once and for all.