The Reality of Sin [Lesson 7.1]

18 Jul

Sin may be defined as disobedience and failure to conform to the laws God has given for the direction of His rational creatures.

We know that sin exists. Sin is one of the main topics of the Bible. We see the first indication of sin when Satan rebelled against God. Other angels joined in the rebellion and were forever cast out of heaven.

Next, we see sin in Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. Then Cain and Able fell under the power of sin. Adam and Eve’s sin and the sin of Cain were because they disobeyed God.

Later, God talked to Charlton Heston, I mean Moses, and gave him the Ten Commandments. God came down to this earth in the form of a burning bush to give His law to His people so that there wouldn’t be any doubt as to what they should or should not do. This is how important God takes sin.

The historical books, Joshua through Esther, record the tragic failure of God’s people to obey His commandments. They reveal the backsliding, disobedience, stubbornness, and rebellion of Israel toward God and His laws.

The Bible continues to give example after example of man rebelling against God. King David, Judas Iscariot, Peter, Paul. We also learn that just thinking about doing the sin is sin itself. On adultery, Jesus said in Mathew 5:28, But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

We also know the result of sin. With the angels, we learned that the ones who rebelled against God were permanently cast out of heaven. Romans 6:23 tell us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

That takes us back to the one decision everyone has to make at least once in their lives. You have to make the decision to accept God’s gift of salvation through Jesus’ death on the cross or you can reject it.  Not deciding is the same as rejecting. There is no other choice. Only salvation through Jesus death will save you from a certain death.

Which do you choose?

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