The Good Series, 8
When God made Adam, he gave him charge over all he created on earth. He can drink and eat whatever he likes but the fruit of one certain tree he must not touch, talk less of eating.
In Genesis chapter 3, Adam disobeyed that instruction – he not only touched, he ate that fruit.
That disobedience altered the original nature of man completely, till this day – it brought the ‘’sin nature’’ upon man, and this sin nature altered man’s right standing before God. (Man was no longer blameless before God)
This is how the Holy Spirit through the tent maker puts it in Romans 5:19a (TL ‘’Adam caused many to be sinners because he disobeyed God’’…
Now you need to understand this very clearly, - it is/was not your sin that made you a sinner, Adam’s disobedience did! That verse said …he caused many to be sinners because he disobeyed…
Another word for ‘’caused’’ is ‘’triggered’’, so Adam triggered the sin nature in man. (Very unfortunate)
Now get this, Adam’s sin was put on you. You inherited what was not your own. And now you sin because sinners sin. It is not your act that made you a sinner; the sin nature that Adam put on you makes you a sinner.
In Leviticus chapter 16 God devised a strategy to take care of man’s sin – the goat strategy
In verse 20-22 it said.
20’’When Aaron has finished purifying the Most Holy Place and the Tabernacle and the altar, he must present the live goat. 21He will lay both of his hands on the goat’s head and confess over it all the wickedness, rebellion, and sins of the people of Israel. In this way, he will transfer the people’s sins to the head of the goat. Then a man specially chosen for the task will drive the goat into the wilderness. 22As the goat goes into the wilderness, it will carry all the people’s sins upon itself into a desolate land’’. (NLT)
This was done once a year, but the problem with this strategy, was that it was not sustainable and most importantly it dealt only with the sin man was committing but NOT the main issue – the ‘’sin nature’’ that was put on man by Adam.
Then God came up with a better and sustainable strategy to deal with the root problem (the sin nature) – the Christ strategy
God sent Jesus Christ and he poured out his blood on the cross of Calvary and offered to man the gift to stand right before God again by dealing with the sin nature
Romans 5:19b …and Christ caused many to be made acceptable to God because he obeyed.
The tent maker declared in Romans 6:6 ‘’we know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin’’. (NLT)
An offer does not become yours until you accept it. This offer ‘’to be made acceptable to God’’ is not automatic, it is for ONLY those that will accept it.
The sin that will take a person to hell is the sin of rejecting God’s offer
God Bless you.