Monday, October 30, 2006

Sin or No Sin??

Have you ever thought what it would be like to live in a world of perfection? Adam and Eve are the only two people who have ever existed as humans on this earth that knew a perfect world. We have never known a world without sin, because the moment our heads popped through our mother's womb, we were born with sin as our nature. There have none been born since Eve without sin as part of their lives.

As I read my devotions this morning from Genesis 3, I was amazed at how many sins occurred in a matter of a short time with one bad choice made by Eve. The moment she ate of the fruit and convinced Adam to eat with her, sins everywhere began to be a part of their knowledge and a part of their reality:

Hard Labor
Knowledge of Evil
Physical Death

God had to banish Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden because if they disobeyed his second command that they should not eat of the Tree of Life and had eaten of its fruit, they would've remained forever with their sin nature, as we would who were born after her. In God's mercy, he cast them out of the garden "to guard the way to the tree of life." God had a plan even then to provide a way for man to live eternally with Him as righteous, holy and pure. If he had left man in the garden, and man had chosen to eat of the Tree of Life, eternal life with God in heaven would not have been available to him.

What an indescribable gift God provided for mankind that He sent His Only Son from glory to "become sin for us" and pay our debt so that we might be made righteous and live with him forever in a world without sin. We all will face physical death someday, but no one has to face spiritual death if you make the right choice. Don't be an Eve and make a bad choice.

Just let your minds contemplate a perfect world without sin----No lying, no guilt, no shame, no pain, no weeds or thorns, lions lying down with lambs, no fear, and on and on and on, all because God had a merciful plan to take away our sin that is so deeply embedded into our nature and replace it with "PAID IN FULL" by His Only Son, Jesus Christ and his perfect sacrifice on the cross. "Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins." Now our existence as Christians is to give God glory and look forward with hope of eternity with Him and tell others that they, too, can take care of their sin nature by accepting God's gift of His Son's sacrifice of His shed blood on the cross for them!

Tell others the good news!


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