Doctrine 5. Original Sin

We live in a world where relationships are messed up and torn apart frequently, we cannot go through one day without there being conflict in the relationships that we have. This is even more obvious with our relationship with God which we mess up on a daily basis, there in no one in the world who has not messed up there relationship with God, we are all from the beginning of our existence sinners (a sinner being some one who is not in a perfect relationship with God), we call this state original sin.

The Bible teaches that 'all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' Rom 3:23. There is none that has not sinned except for Christ ,who by nature could not sin. David says in Ps 51:5 'Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.' From birth we are sinners there is no point in our existence when we are not in the state of fallenness. The reason being that when Adam took and ate the fruit we being his descendants and he being our representative before God, we fell in and with him. Adam being the representative and head of the world dragged the world into sin with him (Rom5:12-17) There is no part or creation that does not suffer from Adams sin.

We are by nature under God's wrath and God's wrath is only upon sinners so we must all by nature be sinners '...among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.' (Ephesians 2:3 ESV)
One may say what about babies who don't have a chance to sin they cannot naturally sinful, however the bible makes it plain that death is a result of sin and only sinners die and yet God constantly through the old testament commands the killing of infants (the taking of the land of Israel). Or in the case of sodom and Gomorrah Lot is the only righteous one there and God destroys two entire regions, it would be exceedingly unlikely that in two entire regions including two large cities there would be not even one baby and if there were not any the cities would have been dead next generation any way so God would not have needed to destroy it.

The desires of a person stem from and define who a person is, (by there fruit shall ye know them) and we know that man's desire is evil 'And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, "I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.' (Genesis 8:21 ESV) The Hebrew word for youth there referring to the early days of a mans existence including child hood and infancy. The normal state of man is utterly and completely evil all the time from conception onward, except for one man, Jesus.

Jesus is referred to as the second Adam in Rom 5:1-21 'he came to brake the power of sin and to undo all that Adam had done by taking the fruit. He came to put humanity back on course for having a good relationship with God. He broke the chains of sin and has made those who believe in him holy and blameless in the sight of God and make us dead to sin and alive in Christ. 'For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.' (1 Corinthians 15:22 ESV), Romans 3:22-26 ESV. We became the bride of Christ and became part of him in order that our sins could be put on him and his righteousness be put on us, what a swap! ''We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.' (Romans 6:4). See also Romans 5:1-21 for a very comprehensive summary of Christ's work for us and undoing what Adam had done.

What does this mean for us in our relationship with God and man?
First it is a call for us to tell the world the good news of the gospel and seek to rescue fellow man from the chains of sin.

Second. It is a call not to be discouraged. We know that now through Christ we are in a proper relationship with God though we still mess up. When God the Father looks at us he sees Christ and Christ's righteousness not our sinfulness. Yet we know that in our lives we do stubble and fall, we are not perfected we are being sanctified (made holy) we will never be perfect till we die and are raised. Yet when we do fall on this earth we can have confidence that God still loves and cares for us because of our unity with Christ.

Third. Paul likens our human lives as a battle, it is a battle that is already won, but it is still a battle that we must fight in. Our captain is Christ our fellow soldiers are our Christian brothers and sisters. In a battle, you fight together as one army not as a bunch of individuals, the roman army (upon which paul bases his analogy) was as successful as it was because they fought together united under one commander. Paul was charging the church to do the same, to stand as a unified fighting force. We as Christian are to help each other in this life to become more holy and to help when we see a fellow soldier fall. We are to fight together we are too mutually support and seek to bless our brothers and sisters. If you see a brother or sister fall you are to help. We should together be helping each other to overcome the sins that stop us from being conformed to Christ's image. If you see the fault of another you should do two things, first see if it is a reflection on you, you see their fault because it is your own. And second go to the person and tell them what you think they are doing wrong so that they know, very often people do wrong unknowingly, God uses fellow Christians to show our failing points.
We are naturally sinners yet we as Christians have been redeemed by Christ and are being sanctified by his word and are being brought from one degree of glory to another 2 Cor 3:18, part of this transformation is brought about by believers helping each other see and over come each others faults.

By Richard van den Broek

2 comments:

  1. Why is it that 'There is no part or creation that does not suffer from Adams sin.' when creation (excluding humanity) is not sinful (nor does it have the capability to be). Is this because creation's sole purpose is to be enjoyed by man, so a broken relationship with God means creation is broken as a punishment? As it doesn't seem logical that just because Adam sinned all of creation then suffered. If you get what I mean.

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  2. Sorry not replied untill now
    Look at Genesis 3:17-18 and Romans 8:18-24. In the Genesis passage we see that 'the ground is cursed because of you,' thorns and thistles come as a curse on the ground because of Adams sin. Or even more plainly in Romans 8:18-24, v21 says the creation will be set free from its bondage to corruption e.g it was bound to corruption in the first place, the whole of the rest of that passage reiterates that. As to the fairness of it, it is God's world, he gets to make the laws.

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