The problem with sin

By Gilbert Owens - Contributing columnist

The word of God begins with these words, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” After these words God explains how he created the heaven and the earth. After doing so, God planted a garden eastward in Eden and there He put the man whom he had formed. Upon placing the man in the garden, God gave the man specific instructions, (Gen. 2:16-17), not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told him that if you do so you will surely die. Up to this point, there was no sin upon the face of the earth.

Soon thereafter, God gave man a help-meet called woman. The woman was deceived by Satan and disobeyed God by eating from the forbidden tree. Seeing that there were no severe consequences to her actions, the woman gave the man fruit from the tree and he willing ate it. It was at this point that sin came upon the earth and it has been here ever since. It should be noted here that Satan deceived Eve into sinning, but the man sinned willingly. And because it was the man who had been given authority and dominion over the earth, his sin brought sin into the world. That is why we have these words in Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” This is also why death reigns over them that have not sinned.

Because of the first man Adam, God knew that sin would reign in the lives of all people upon the face of the earth. But because God loved man so much He determined in His will to come up with a solution for the sin problem. God let it be know through the Old Testament Prophets that a Messiah would soon come to eradicate man’s sin problem and thereby eliminating the surety of death. For example, God told Isaiah that one will come who would be wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace would be upon him and with his stripes we would be healed from the consequences of sin thus allowing our spiritual condition to be made whole, (Isaiah 53:5)

The one who would come to solve the sin problem is His only begotten son named Jesus Christ. That is why we see John 3:16 in so many different places. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world , that He gave His only begotten Son, {so} that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” In other words, by believing and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your sin problem is solved! It is solved from the standpoint that your sins can no longer condemn you to death. That is why John 3:17-18 says, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. That includes your own individual past, present and future sins. That is not to say however, we have been given a license to sin. Sin can cause your prayers to be hindered. Sin can cause you to miss out on the many blessings God has prepared for you. Sin can cause you to put yourself in a position whereby God cannot use you as He wants to. Sin distorts your walk with God on a daily basis. Sin also distorts your walk with others.

The first step in eliminating your own sin problem is to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. At the very least, by doing so, you have eliminated the sting of death that accompanied sin. Accepting Christ takes away the victory of the grave because you will not be dead but only asleep. The next step is for you to establish a personal intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. This can be done by studying and meditating on His word, praying or talking to Him daily and by giving Him thanks in all things. The next thing is to make yourself available to Him for His service.

To sum it up, in order to truly eliminate the sin problem, we must cooperate with God. We must cooperate with Him because He is the one who is doing the work. He does the work because we are His workmanship, (See Ephesians 2:8-10) God has done a work for us by providing salvation. God is doing a work in us called sanctification. And God wants to do a work through us called serving Him.

God has promised us that if we confess our sins to Him, that He would be faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This promise is made only to those who have accepted His son. By accepting His son we are now adopted by God as His sons and daughters, and as a result, He also promises to never leave us or forsake us. Never tell yourself or allow others to tell you that God cannot hear your prayers because of sin or that God has a limit on sins. We serve a God who says .. There is nothing that can separate you from the love of God. Because through Jesus the sin problem has been solved. All we have to do is just cooperate with Him!

By Gilbert Owens

Contributing columnist

Gilbert Owens is the pastor of KOG Ministries.

Gilbert Owens is the pastor of KOG Ministries.


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