Part 2: Where Does Sin Come From?
People want to blame the Devil for our sins. Or that it’s just the world we live in today. Anything but take responsibility. We certainly live in a perverse world and there is no doubt that the Devil is crafty and making sure to tempt us in every way possible. However, there is only one person to blame for any sin. That is the person who committed it.
Romans 3:23 (KJV)
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Some understand that they did sin and that they played a role, but they want to blame God. They’ll attempt to reason that God made them that way. However, that isn’t exactly true. God made man in His own image (Gen. 1:26-27). He also made woman to be a help meet for man (Gen. 2:18-25). He gave mankind all that it could need in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:8-9). Yet Adam and Eve still sinned (Gen. 2:16-17; Gen. 3:6). It was that sin that brought upon the sting of death (1 Corinthians 15:56).
Genesis 3:17-19 (KJV)
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Romans 5:12 (KJV)
12 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:
We’ve all sinned. God doesn’t deal with us as our governments would, where one transgression is punishable differently than another. There is only one punishment: death; as in eternity in hell. However, we’ve been offered the glorious gift of salvation and eternal life with Christ in heaven. All we have to do is to acknowledge that we’re completely incapable of righteousness on our own and accept that Jesus died to pay the debt for our sins.
Romans 6:23 (KJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Once you’re saved, does that mean you’ll never sin again? Well, sin no longer has dominion over you, but you do still live in this fleshly body. Not to mention, the Devil is still on earth playing his role of tempter (Matthew 4:3). Yet we know that this life is only but for a moment in comparison to the blessings we have to come. Instead of trying to please our flesh in this brief earthly life we should be focused on things eternal. That is the future we have with Christ. Now is the day of salvation. You’ve been given a gift: the grace of God. Don’t waste it!
2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (KJV)
1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
In part 3 we’ll explore further the change that occurs when we trust in the Lord, what true repentance is, and why it’s so important for us to live that change out in the world despite the enormous pressures to continue in our old, worldly walk.
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