When Sin Came In

I’m thinking about the gospel today, the good news of Jesus Christ. There are many verses we could turn to as we meditate on the gospel, but I think the best place to start is Genesis 3:6. This is a single verse that tells the story of when sin came in. There is a lot here. It’s bad news. But it’s bad news that makes the good news good. Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. As Eve pondered sin, she noted three things about it. 1) Good for food “This will sustain me. I was made for this. God designed me to need this. If I don’t have this I’ll be unhealthy. This is the provision for which God created me.” 2) A delight to the eyes “This looks so good. How could something so beautiful be wrong? I can tell that if I partake of this I will be better off. I have eyes, I can see, and from where I’m sitting this looks perfectly fine.” 3) To be desired to make one wise “This will make me better. I’m smart enough to know what will better me and what will damage me. This is clearly something that will take me higher than I am right now. I will be able to handle more, do more, and think more clearly when I partake of this.” What happened next? She took of its fruit and ate… Our mother made a willing and personal decision to deny God in an attempt to become him. Every sin we commit spawns from this same motive. The devil didn’t make her do it. He provided some lies and twisted some things to get her attention off God and onto her self, but the decision was conscious and the decision was her. She took. She ate. It didn’t stop there. …and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Adam had already abdicated his God-given Genesis 2 authority and dominion. He was there the whole time. He failed to stand in between Satan and his wife. He allowed God’s words and God’s good created order to be twisted, and he allowed lies, deception and manipulation into his marriage and family. There must have been a game on TV or something. Maybe it was the playoffs. Whatever reason, Adam sat back while Eve was left exposed to do battle with the Enemy one on one. And while she peered lustily into sin’s unfamiliar eyes, Adam’s voice and leadership were nowhere to be found. Instead of active leader, Adam became passive follower, sliding down the slope of sin and taking all who would follow with him. Thanks mom and dad. This one act resulted in death for all men. Thank God for another act that reversed the curse. Romans 5:15-21 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. 18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. That is good news.

About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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1 Response to When Sin Came In

  1. Gordon says:

    Praise God and His holy and perfect gift

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