Suggested Reading: Ezekiel 18, Psalm 51, Romans 5
Word of the Day: Death – in a physical sense, when the soul leaves the body; In a spiritual sense, if one is cast into hell at Judgment.
The story goes of a family who was driving down the road one day. The child in the back seat had been quiet, looking out the window until a question came to his mind. “Mom, Dad?” The mother turned around and said, “Yes, son?” as the father continued to drive steadily along. “Where does sin come from?” the child quietly said. The car almost swerved of the road as the father panicked hearing the question. The mother faced forward in her seat with anxiety while beginning to sweat. The parents knew this day would come, but they had not anticipated it so soon. They looked at each other expecting the other to say something, but no words came to mind. What were they going to say? Was their child ready to know?
This scenario doesn’t happen, but it does bring out some ideas for us to think about. If telling someone what sin is makes you nervous, I would suggest considering how Jesus viewed sin (which we will look at shortly) The other idea to consider is the main thought today, ‘Where does sin come from?’ We will look at these two ideas in reverse order so let’s have a pretest first before we begin.
Where does sin come from?
It seems fitting to have the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:1), the god of this world/age (2 Cor. 4:2), the murder from the beginning and father of lies (John 8:44) as the creator of sin. However, that is not the correct answer (I’ll explain shortly).
If one decides that since God made all things (Ps. 146:6; John 1:1-3; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:16) then the reasoning may follow to, ‘then God must have made sin’. This answer is incorrect as well, although the answer seems logical, I’ll also explain shortly why sin does not come from God.
If you chose man, you are absolutely correct. Sin itself, is a failure or missing the target or goal. Do you remember the 700 Benjamites of Judges 20 who were left-handed slingshot men? The Bible says that they could shoot at a hair’s breadth and not miss. Sin is the opposite of this idea. You’ve missed the target and ultimately you have failed to accomplish what you wanted to complete. This is the simplest, root meaning of the word. Considering the Bible from Genesis, we find that man was made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27) but shortly thereafter committed sin and violated the trust and honor that was to be given being obedient to God. Everyone, except Christ, has done this at some point after knowing right from wrong (Rom. 3:23; 7:8-9). This makes sin a relationship issue. It was sin that separated Adam and Eve from God, but this has yet to tell me where sin comes from! Consider Paul’s words in Romans 5:12:
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned;”
In context of Romans 5, Paul had been talking about the faith that justifies us before God through Jesus Christ. Not that he is saying that since Christ died, I don’t have to do anything, but rather I can be seen righteous in God’s eyes because of my own obedience and trust in His Word. Since that righteousness (the only way to be fully cleansed toward God) came from Christ, unrighteousness began with Adam. Notice I said sin began with Adam, and not that it comes from him. More specifically, the consequence of sin began with Adam, not the action itself.
There is a doctrine that has risen from this text by man called ‘original sin’, which carries the belief that since Adam sinned, we (humanity) have all been born into the world with sin and we need cleansing ASAP. Some religious bodies believe that babies must be baptized. There are a lot of concerns about this, so what does the Bible have to say on this? Consider these thoughts and check them out to see if they are accurate.
- Every person will be judged according to their own deeds on judgment day – 2 Cor. 5:10
- God does not make you sin, NOR does He tempt you to fall. (James 1:13-16) Don’t be fooled.
- Ezekiel explained sin as THE soul that sins IT will die (if not atoned for) – Ez. 18:4, 20
- No matter how much someone does against you, THEY are held accountable to their own actions by God – Ez. 18:9-19, Ex. 32:32-33
- When one is born, they are sinless in God’s eyes
- Some use Ps. 51:5 to say children are born in sin. Understand David is simply making a statement of either immense poetic stature (overemphasizing his own mistake) or stating a matter of fact. Though David’s mother is not mentioned by name in scripture, it could be the case that she conceived him in a manner that was not lawful to God. David is also asking for forgiveness for his own sin from killing Uriah and committing adultery with Bathsheba. Psalm 51 is not about the sins his past (Ps. 25:7) that HAD been forgiven, but the sins recently committed that needed forgiveness.
- When one cannot discern good from evil, there is not accountability held toward that person (Rom. 3:20; John 15:22; I Jn. 3:4). If one has a developing mind and comes to the understanding of right and wrong, then one has a choice of following the law.
- David states that he can go where his unborn child went, but not the other way around. (2 Samuel 12:23) Since David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), this tells me that David was a righteous man and he was able to be where his child went, to Paradise.
- Jesus speaks of the innocence of children in Mark 10:14 as ‘such is the kingdom of God.” He would also state that unless we are to “become as little children”, we cannot enter into the kingdom of God (Matt. 18:3). So if we truly are born with sin, then there are sinners in God’s kingdom. That is not the case.
To bring to a personal application, you have to ask yourself, where do my own sin problems lie? If Adam was condemned for his transgressions against God, do I commit the same things? Jesus would help us in identifying our own sins. He spoke of sin as a master that we could become enslaved to (John 8:34). It dulls our own judgments and makes us blind to our own faults (John 9:39-41). This makes sin a personal issue that we have to work through individually in developing ourselves towards God. The deeper we indulge in it, the more we sever our conscience against God’s love and mercy by committing wickedness (Heb. 3:12-13; Luke 8:12). It is only through humility that the low man will be exalted in due time (Phil. 2:5-12; James 1:9-12). Christ would also emphasize on making good judgments on whatever situation you find yourself in (Matt. 7:13-14).
These are only a few thoughts to aid you in your studies, and we have much more to cover. I challenge you today to evaluate your current life and compare it with God’s teachings. Do you have sin in your life? If you are a Christian, God can forgive you of those sins if you confess your sins and repent towards Him (Acts 3:19; I Jn. 1:9). If you are not a Christian and know that sin is in your life, you have a dire need in your life: forgiveness. Your own sins have taken you away from that perfect relationship with God (Is. 59:2). You are missing out on the blessings that only God can provide: peace through any trial, the assurance of an eternal home, a family that is striving towards the same goals sharing the love and talents that God has richly blessed them with, and a grand welcome into heaven for overcoming the burdens of this world. Why would you want to ignore a gift freely given to you (Rom. 5:15-21)? Christ died on your behalf so that you did not have to face the consequence of sin: death. Why not come to Him today while today is still here (2 Cor. 6:2)? He is waiting patiently for your believe in His message and life to have faith in His name, His blood, and His Father (Rom. 10:17; 3:24-26; John 8:24) He desires that you confess your sins before Him (Luke 13:3, 5; I Jn. 1:9). He wants you to repent. He asks you to change your life and stop acting upon selfish desires and sinful actions, but rather to walk with humility, love, and confidence as a loyal servant (Acts 2:38) and then to be placed in the body of Christ, the Lord will add you to His church through baptism (Acts 2:47; Gal .3:26-27; I Peter 3:21-22). God is seeking those who are faithful to the end (James 1:12, Matt. 7:21). Will you be found a part of that number?
Join us again next week, Lord willing as we study on “In Pursuit of Atonement”. I pray this study has been uplifting and informative for you. If you have any questions or want to know more, continue with us in this study or feel free to message us on Facebook or at http://www.redoakcoc.com. May God continue to help you in your daily walk and may He bless you in your own works wherever you are.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6