Keep it Simple Series
To sin is to miss the mark, which is God’s standard. Sin is lawlessness as it goes against the law of God. An example: God has commanded us to love one another and not to hate each other, so if one hates another then they are committing a sin. When we sin, we sin against God, even if we have done something to hurt someone else. Though it is wrong to hurt each other, the sin is against God because we are breaking His law. Much of our judicial laws in today’s society originated from God’s law and can be found throughout the Bible.
The original sin was birthed in Lucifer, once a beautiful arch angel in a position of great power in the kingdom of God – which is heaven, long before mankind was created. By the time God created us, the sin had infected a third of the angels in heaven. Lucifer also known as Satan or the devil, was flung unceremoniously out of heaven, and has only hatred in his heart for us. This is because we were created perfect in God’s own image and likeness and we are so loved by Him. To be created in the image of God was too great an honour for mankind, for Satan to ignore. The hatred he has for God and God’s creation was altogether too much for him to bear. So he plotted against us, putting a plan in place, by using the serpent to befriend and entice Eve to be disobedient to God. She then encouraged her husband Adam to do the same, ultimately making a way for sin to enter into our physical world, which resulted in our birthright being taken away from us.
Through this single act of disobedience, mankind fell from the honourable position we held in creation. We became infected with sin by going against God’s law, which was ‘not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.’ As a result of sin entering into our world, it brought with it death, sickness, hatred and all things that go against God’s law; which is love, life, health and so much more. After Adam and Eve sinned, mankind inherited this sickness and became corrupted by it. Today sin is seen as having a lack of morals; living a low moralistic lifestyle. But there are many things we do in life, which are not considered to be low morals or wrong, yet they go against God’s Law. So, God’s standard and our standard are two completely different things, they are worlds apart. We can commit sin in the things we think, say and do. But, without God’s help we cannot overcome sin.
After Adam and Eve sinned, mankind inherited the sinful nature, from birth. Choosing to be good and living a good life, does not automatically make us sinless. We now have to make a choice to get ourselves out of the inherited position. You can read more about the ‘default position’ in The Best Journey Ever: A Simple Guide Through Christianity – release date March 2021. We can only get out of the sinful position through Jesus Christ, “Jesus said unto him [his disciple Thomas], I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” [John 14:6 KJV]. By choosing Jesus as Lord and Saviour, we regain our birthright to be children of God and to once again have a relationship with Him.
Sin cannot remain in the presence of God, so for this reason when Adam and Eve sinned, they had to leave the garden of Eden. But there was also another reason why they had to leave. The tree of life still remained in the middle of the garden, and if they had eaten from it in their sinful state, they and all of mankind would have lived forever corrupted, sick and evil.
“And the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become like one of Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), knowing [how to distinguish between] good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take from the tree of life as well, and eat [its fruit], and live [in this fallen, sinful condition] forever.” [Genesis 3:22 AMP].
So, God protected the tree of life from us, and us from it; by sending Adam and Eve away from the garden and from His presence. And although our situation seemed hopeless, He made a way for us to get back to Him. Find out how in our Keep it Simple Series on What is Salvation? Why not subscribe to our blogs and receive notification when a new writing is published. Be blessed!
Matthew 1: 20-22