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Everyone on the face of this earth has some understanding of what sin is. 


For instance, most people believe that it is wrong to lie, cheat, or to murder.  However, to understand sin in the context of God’s salvation, it is necessary to get even more basic. Rather than different actions taken by people that might be considered sinful, it must be understood that sinful actions are symptoms of man's sinful nature, not the cause.

The cause is found in this one statement given by the serpent (devil):

For God knows that when you eat of it (forbidden fruit) your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.  Gen 3:4

 When Adam and Eve sinned it was rooted in one desire and one desire alone.  They wanted to be gods.  They wanted to have control of their own destiny and purpose instead of God's planned destiny and purpose for them. They denied God's right to rule over them.  In short, they rebelled.  This is what sin is; it is a denial of God and his authority over creation. 

Because Adam rebelled he received the consequences of his rebellion.  From the moment he chose to eat the forbidden fruit, his eyes were opened Gen. 3:7.  Some have tried to view this as evidence that Adam gained some sort of wisdom and understanding that God did not want him to have.  In short, the serpent was right.  However, when the scripture is looked at closely, it is plainly seen that the eyes being opened was representative of a death.  At that moment, all mankind entered into a state of shame which according to Gen 2:25, they did not live in before. 

The consequences of Adam's sin were immediate.  Not only did Adam endure a spiritual death, he would also have to endure mortality Gen 3:19, 21.



When Adam rebelled against God, all mankind was tainted.  Sin then becomes a matter of spiritual genetics.

…through the disobedience of the one man (Adam) the many were made sinners…   Romans 5:19

…for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God     Romans 3:23

The wages of sin is death…     Romans 6:23

…There is no one righteous (good), not even one…     Romans 10:10

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.      Romans 5:12

It doesn’t matter that you are a good person.  You and I are not sinners because of what we do.  We are sinners simply because of who we are.  We are all sons and daughters of Adam and consequently we all genetically carry the disease called sin.




        …he will crush your head… Gen 3:15

From the very moment that Adam sinned, God had a plan to fix things.  This plan is called salvation.  The verse above is considered to be the first prophecy concerning undoing the curse of Adam's sin.  The serpent (the devil), will have his head crushed by one of Eve’s male offspring foreshadowing the birth of Jesus Christ and the role he would play in the removal of sin’s curse upon mankind.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.  John 3:17

Since children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death---that is , the devil--- and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.  Hebrews 2:14,15

Jesus is the second Adam, and just as Adam's disobedience brought the curse upon mankind so, through Christ’s obedience the curse is lifted. 

For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.  Romans 5:19

If there is a natural body there is also a spiritual body.  So it is written; “The first man Adam became a living being” the last Adam (Christ) a life – giving spirit…The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man (Christ) from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.  And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven (Christ).           

1 Corinthians 15:44-49


Salvation is the free gift offered to all mankind by God through the death of his son Jesus Christ.  The gift itself is the removal of the curse of death brought on through the rebellion of our forefather Adam.  There are no strings attached; all we have to do is reach out and take it.  This is done by confessing the Lordship of Jesus Christ over our lives.  As it is written:

  Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  Romans 10:13


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