Sin and its consequences
by Gini Crawford, MSW
Adam's and Eve's disobedience of God's one command brought the concept of sin into our world and put us in bondage to it. Their choice also brought bad into world. Let me remind you, before Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, there was only good in the world. Bad is defined as the opposite of good and is explained by words like: evil, ugly, hurtful, painful, unhappy, inferior, wrong, hideous, confusion, fearful, and so on. Have you ever thought about how very different things would be without bad in the world?
Their sin brought death into the world as God told them it would. Ephesians 2:1-3 explains that sin puts us in a state of death and rebellion towards God.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.NASB®
What saddens me the most, is that Adam and Eve chose to trust in or rely on themselves and the talking serpent, who was actually Satan (Revelation 12:9). They did this instead of trusting in God, who had just created them to love them (Ephesians 1:4). Throughout history many people have doubted God and His existence, but Adam and Eve had a face to face relationship with Him. There was absolutely no excuse for them to doubt God, and eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and bad. An important concept to remember is: You either trust in God, or you are trusting in yourself or something else, which is sin. Satan is always at the root of not trusting God.
Have you ever chosen to do something that has changed your life in the worst possible way? Maybe you have wrecked a precious relationship, or severely hurt someone, or ruined a successful career and so on. Adam's and Eve's perfect relationship with God, who created and loved them, was shattered. They were now in a state of death because they chose to be. They had rebelled against God and were now His enemies. They were now imprisoned by their sinful desires. They had lost their freedom of choice - whether to sin or not, because they were enslaved to sin. Was there any hope for them? Is there any hope for us? Read 1 Timothy 1:1, Romans 5:6-10, 6:5-7, Ephesians 2:1-7, Titus 3:5-7, and 1 John 4:9. Who is our hope?
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