Ever since that infamous day when Adam and Eve heeded the lies of Satan and entered into his realm of deception, death and destruction, mankind has been plagued by the affliction of evil hearts dictating gross immorality, cruelty, bondage, and death. A cursory examination of history will prove this statement true. We can trace the downgrade of humanity, initiated by the Fall of Adam and Eve within the Garden of Eden, within the sacred pages of the Bible.
The consequences of the Fall started with Adam and Eve hiding from the presence of God. Before their rebellion, they had intimate and pure fellowship with their God. Afterward, they didn’t want to be found by Him, because they were scared to be found out. No longer would they have unhindered blessed access to their Holy Lord God.
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:7-8
The first instance of the devastating consequences of sin ruling the human heart recorded in the Holy Scriptures is the jealous hatred of Cain for his brother Abel. Why was he jealous? God accepted righteous Abel’s faith-filled sacrificial offering, but disregarded the self-righteous attempt by Cain at pleasing God. And so Cain rose up against Abel, his brother, and murdered him.
6 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” 8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.” Genesis 4:6-7
Notice the declination that sin ushers in. First, pride, then self-righteous anger, next distrust of God and refusal to heed His warning, and finally the outward act of the inward disposition, the actual sinful act that resulted in the death of Cain’s brother Abel. This evil epidemic of sin spread throughout the entire human race proven by God pouring out His just judgment upon the fallen world through the world-wide flood. His mercy being extended to only eight individuals, one of whom He declared righteous, faith-filled Noah.
5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:5-8
Even after this cataclysmic event, the Lord God knew that the thought of the human heart would still be only evil continually, for after accepting the sacrifice of Noah, God promised to never again send a world-wide flood to destroy all of life from the face of the earth despite the evil inclination of the human heart.
21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.” Genesis 8:21
The whole of the Levitical system of sacrifice for God’s people, the nation of Israel, had one aim, the atonement of sin for the gracious blessing of God upon His people. He is of purer eyes than to behold sin. Sin separates us from God and results in His just judgment.
1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. 3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered perversity. 4 No one calls for justice, Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity. Isaiah 59:1-3
King David, after repenting of his sins of adultery and murder, acknowledge that iniquity was bound up in his being from the moment of his conception. He gave glory to God by declaring his own wickedness, but the righteousness of God.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. 6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. Psalm 51:5-6
Through the Fall of Adam and Eve, each and every individual is born with a sin nature that is inclined towards evil and committed to rejecting the true knowledge of God. As God judged the world through the flood, He has promised to judge the world again with fire. This fire will consume the very elements, and in the place of a wicked world ruled by Satan and evil man, God will create new heavens and a new earth where righteousness, not wickedness, reigns.
5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in water, 6 by which the world that then existed perish, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2 Peter 3:5-6
And so it becomes apparent that every human being has this inexorable curse of sin and judgment. There is nothing that anyone can do about it. Sin is the fact and God’s remedy for sin is His just judgment. The result of sin and promise of God’s impending just judgment is death. Nobody escapes this world without dying. After death is the just judgment of God, sinners are cast into fiery hell.
However, David, who was called a man after God’s own heart gave this testimony in the Scriptures about the grace of God. This grace is given to us by God’s own gracious act and has nothing to do with any effort on our part to be made right with God. David knew this provision of God’s grace after he committed adultery and murder.
5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” Romans 4:5-8
This is what makes the Good News of the Gospel, such Good News; sinners dead in their trespasses and sins can be forgiven and reconciled to God. There is nothing for a sinner to do but receive this forgiveness through repenting of their sin (acknowledging their sin and turning from it) and believing that God has provided atonement for their sin through sending His glorious Son Jesus Christ the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. Believing and receiving what God has done for us as recorded in the Scriptures is faith. This faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God Who died upon the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead for our justification saves us from the control and condemnation of sin. Faith in our risen Savior procures for us the favor of God so that the One who was once our enemy because of our wicked works is now our loving Heavenly Father. This God given provision of propitiation for the sins of the whole world makes any sinner who repents of their sins and believes in and receives Jesus Christ a blood bought beloved child of the Almighty God.
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Romans 5:6-11
God in His immeasurable mercy and grace has conquered our sin, death and destruction problem through sending His Son Jesus Christ to take the punishment we deserve when He died upon the cross; He died in our place for us, and has raised Him from the dead that all who believe in Him are saved from God’s wrath. How glorious is the salvation that our God has provided for all those who will repent of their sin and believe in Jesus Christ through simple faith. Amen!
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless, we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:8-13
Dear Heavenly Father, we are bound in sin, deception, death and destruction, apart from the gracious salvation that you have provided before all the people . Thank you so much for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to die for us, making atonement for us, that we may be forgiven and reconciled to You, no longer Your enemies, but rather Your beloved and blessed children. Thank You Jesus Christ for Your indescribable gift of salvation. May many come to know You as their glorious Lord and Savior. Amen!