How Did We Get Caught up in this Mess?
God, in His mercy, has revealed to us that in this spiritual war that has been raging throughout history,
Satan has launched and continues a terrible and unrelenting attack on mankind. Satan's power is not equal to God's power,
therefore he cannot directly attack or overcome God. Instead he attacks man, whom God has made. In the book of Genesis we
have God's record of how these attacks began.
Since God loved Adam, He warned him not to eat the fruit of a particular tree. Adam was about to learn the
hard way that God’s warnings and prohibitions are always for our benefit and blessing.
And the Lord God took the man, and put him
into the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it.
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying,
Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely
eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that
thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Satan’s first attack was launched against Eve. The weapon he used against her was his lie. Eve had to
decide, just as you and I must, whether she was going to believe God or the lie of the Devil. She chose to believe the lie
instead of God’s Word. Believing the Devil’s lie, she ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil, and then gave to Adam to eat. Though he knew the truth, Adam chose to believe the lie too.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast
of the field which the Lord God had made. And he
said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall
not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman
said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the
trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which
is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall
not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And
the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely
die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,
then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as
gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman
saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was
pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make
one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and
gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
When Adam believed the lie of Satan instead of God‘s Word, he sinned against God. The consequences of
Adam‘s sin have been innumerable and catastrophic beyond our comprehension. In the natural side of God’s creation
death, pain, sorrow, and every other misery known by man entered into the world by Adam's sin. All of God's creation, which
had been placed under man's dominion, was defiled.
The greatest loss suffered by Adam and all mankind however, is spiritual. Adam’s sin separated him and
all his descendants, including you and me, from God. Man’s greatest joy and blessing in the garden, his communion with
God, was ended.
How Does Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
By disobeying God, Adam, the common ancestor of us all, sinned. Since no children had been born to Adam and
Eve at that time, the whole human race was still in Adam. This means that you and I were in Adam at the time he sinned. Since
we were in Adam when he sinned, we have all received his sinful nature as an inherited trait. Not only do we have Adam’s
sinful nature, but we have yielded to our sinful nature, and each one of us has committed many sins against God.
While the first attack was against our common ancestors, Adam and Eve, Satan's attacks continue until this
day against all the descendants of Adam. Every time we choose to not to believe God, we sin. While we like to think of ourselves
as being good, God knows we are all sinners.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not
one: There is none that understandeth, there is
none that seeketh after God. They are all gone
out of the way, they are together become
unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no,
For all have sinned, and come short of
the glory of God.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The sinful nature that we have has been exploited by Satan in his attempt to destroy us. Satan regularly succeeds
in turning our desire away from God, and toward the things of this world. The farther we go into sin, the farther we go away
from God and true peace and happiness. If we refuse to believe on Jesus (the Truth), we will die in our sinful and rebellious
condition. The consequence of dying in this unrepentant condition is to spend eternity in the lake of fire, which is often
referred to as hell.
And whosoever was not found written in the book
of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Having separated us from God by sin, and by continually bombarding us with lies, Satan is preparing mankind
to accept him as God. One day Satan will offer himself as God to man, and all who refuse to believe on Jesus Christ will believe
his lie and worship him.
In love, God has revealed to us in his Word, that we have sinned against Him. The fact that God reveals our
sin to us in His Word is why we feel uncomfortable when we hear the Word of God preached or when we read it for ourselves.
By God’s Word we learn that God hates sin, and why shouldn’t He? It is because of sin that death, sickness, heartache,
and every other plague has come upon us. Worse than these, it is sin that separates us from God.
The reason God points out our sin to us is not to make us feel miserable, but to awaken us to our condition
and bring us to the place where we will seek Him and forgiveness for our sins. The Bible does not just point out our sins
but also tells us that our Creator has come into the world in which we live and has done everything necessary for us to be
forgiven of our sins and reconciled to Him.
While we have all failed and sinned against God, the good news is that there is one person who has been born
into this world who has never sinned, Jesus Christ. Since he has never sinned, Jesus is the only one who can pay for our sins.
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