Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Key Word

Sin (hamartias); offense

What is sin?

Sin is an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. 1 John 3:4 says, Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. Psalm 51:4 says, “Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge.” Sin is a crime, wrongdoing, evil, wickedness committed against God. It is rebellion against God (see Deut 9:7, Joshua 1:18).

How It Began

Sin was found in Lucifer’s heart, the angel who was known as, son of the morning. Lucifer was not content with his position. He desired to be higher than God, and that was his downfall, according to Isaiah 14:12-15.

Renamed Satan, he brought sin to the human race in the Garden of Eden where he tempted Adam and Eve with the same enticement, “… shall be like God.” Genesis 3 describe Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God and against His command.

The Bad News

Since that time, sin has been passed down through all the generations of mankind and we, Adam’s descendants, have inherited sin from him. Romans 5:12, Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, so also death was passed on to all men, because all sinned.

When Adam sinned, his inner nature was transformed by his sin of rebellion, bringing spiritual death and depravity which would be passed on to all who came after him. We are sinners not because we sin rather, we sin because we are sinners. This passed-on depravity is known as inherited sin. Psalm 51:5, Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.

Before the law of Moses was given, sin was not imputed to man although humans were still sinners because of the inherited sin. After the law was given, sins committed in violation of the law were accounted to them. See Romans 5:13-14, for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not counted against anyone when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the violation committed by Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

All humans from Adam to Moses were subject to death because of their inherited sinful nature. After Moses’ law, human were subject to death both because of inherited sin from Adam and imputed sin from violating the laws of God.

The Good News

The Good News is God did not want us to perish. He had mercy on us. 2 Corinthians 5:21 tell us, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” God imputed sin to Jesus even though He was not a sinner for the benefit of mankind. Jesus neither inherited sin from Adam nor broke any Law of God. And because He was sinless, He is qualified to bear the penalty of sin for all who have placed their faith in Him. Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our wrongdoings, according to the riches of His grace.” Those who have not put their faith in Christ must pay for:

1. Their inherited sin
2. Their imputed sins
3. Their personal sins

The penalty of sin is death. Hell awaits those who have rejected God’s mercy through Christ’s sacrifice.

What Are You To Do?

Get things right with God. Receive Jesus Christ in your life today. Make Him the Lord of your life alternatively to sin lording over you. Make Him the Savior of your sins and life. Give Him your sins in exchange for His righteousness.

How you do this?
Acts 2:38, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 17:30-31, So having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now proclaiming to mankind that all people everywhere are to repent, because He has set a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all people by raising Him from the dead.”
1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 10:9-10, That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

And if you’ve done it, I would like to be the first one to welcome you to the family of God. Send me a message and I’ll send you information that will help you grow in Him.


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