Hello gang, welcome back to another post about sin. In our last post, we discussed the origins of the sinful nature, which is known to be the “original sin”. We learned that sin was entered into the world through Adam. Why Adam got the blame? Because he was given authority, but decided to disobeyed God’s command about not eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and listened to his wife instead. We learned the punishment for Adam, Eve, and the serpent (hard work/childbirth/snake). Now, we’re going to step in a little bit further into the sinful nature of mankind.
Born With a Sinful Nature
When Adam sin, if affected the entire world, especially humans, animals, plants, well basically everything. Now, a lot of people don’t believe (some are even Christians) that we are born with a sinful nature and that an itty bitty innocent baby is considered spiritually dead. Everybody was a baby once, but our sinful nature is inherited via Adam. David even confirmed this in Psalm 51:5 “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”
Romans 3:23 states that “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”
Romans 3:10 before vs. 23 states “As it is written; “There is none righteous, no not one.”
Romans 3:10 is the reason why I think that there is no such thing as a good or bad person, because everyone has a born given flesh that we struggle with on a day to day, hour to hour, minute by minute, and second by second. The only escape is death from the human body, but it’s only an happy escape when one is in Christ.
Romans 7:5 states “ When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death.
Romans 8:8 “So when they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
I’m beginning to see a pattern in the book of Romans, which is the letter that Paul written to the believers of Rome; that the primary point in the letter was coming to grips with having a sinful nature.
It’s unfortunate that it’s inherited and to be honest, it’s not fair that it’s inherited. However, it’s the way it is. You deal and then move on. A little harsh but true. Because of our inherited nature, we technically don’t deserve to enter into heaven to be with God. But he loved us in spite of that and made a way for our rescue from the inherited bondage of sin and gave up his only begotten son to dead for the sins of all of mankind: past, present, and future.
The power behind the sinful nature is very seductive, because it looks good, sounds good, and feels good on surface, but it doesn’t honor and glorify God and once you have given into the desires of the flesh, you feel like someone has hit you with a 2×4 afterwards. The thing of it is, unbelievers (which is anyone who has not received the gospel and those who have rejected the gospel), they may not feel anything, because the sinful nature and all of it’s glory is considered natural. I know I didn’t think twice about lying and cussing someone out before I was saved. I may have felt bad, but not convicted.
Now, that I am a born again believer in Christ, yeah if I think of a cuss word, I feel convicted immediately. And the Holy Spirit, when he convicts a believer, he specific and doesn’t not sugar coat what you have done. When I was little or even a teenager and I would do something wrong, by the time I actually confessed to my mama, she already knew what I had done. I basically couldn’t get away with nothing, but with Mama it taught me to take advantage of her open-door policy and just tell her the truth, despite how much trouble I will get into. She was more lenient, when we were honest with her.
As believers in Christ, you now have 2 natures that reside inside you. Just because you’ve been born again and now have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, does not mean that you have escaped the sinful flesh of yours. Nope. The escape is your appointed physical death or the rapture of the church, which ever comes first. Galatians 5:17 says that they are contrary one to the other, so you would not do the things that you would. That battle is ongoing and you feel pain when you have sinned against God now. I know I do. My first instinct is to actually hide (It’s stupid but true), but I also did this with my parents (well my mama), so I guess it’s a natural fear of the anticipation of knowing that your parents know what you did. God is my Father through Jesus Christ, so that makes him my parent and if you are in Christ that also makes him your parent and my bro and sis in Christ.
Point is, we are born sinners with an inherited nature from Adam. Even the little bitty baby and animals are infected, as well, but it’s not meant from them to understand what we as humans know and understand. My 7 month old kitten bites, scratches, get into stuff, deliberately ignore our commands sometimes, but she doesn’t understand why it’s wrong. She is as innocent as we were at our own birth. The difference is that human baby grows up and start talking and having a mind of their own and eventually gets to the accountability of understanding and knowing why they need Jesus. A kitten will grow up and in about 5 months from now, she will no longer be a kitten (a teenage female cat, thank you Lord that we got her spayed), but she’s not meant to understand that she has also been infected by the sin that was brought into the world via Adam’s sin, because the redemption is for the human race only.
Next time, we will discuss sin and being a Christian. Until next time, continue to study God’s word. It’s our instruction manual for our life in him.
And remember that Christmas is the reason for Jesus’ birth, not the commercialism in the world regarding Christmas. As you study this series, think about what Jesus did to set the record straight and correct Adam’s sin.