The Bible declares in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” in which two things are made very obvious to the reader. One, the word all is used to mean all men with no exceptions from Adam forward. Two, that because of sin, man is no position to have a relationship (comes short of the glory of) with the Creator of the universe and all things therein. Because God is holy He can’t have any part of sin. In other words, a great gulf exists between God and man as a result of sin and man can’t span that gulf.
One of the questions we can ask ourselves then is ‘How did man get in this predicament’? Well, to answer that, we must understand and believe the Creation story in the book of Genesis and realize that God made Adam and breathed into him His own breath of life. Therefore Adam was innocent at the time he was created and Eve being made by God from Adam’s rib was also innocent. What does it mean they were innocent? That means that in the beginning they had pure hearts and motives because that had a relationship with their creator and thus had not been exposed to anything contrary to God’s nature. So, what happened? Let’s see if we can answer that question.
God created Adam after he had created everything else and He said that what He had created was good but His creation of man was “very good”. He then gave to Adam charge of a beautiful garden He had created and He instructed Adam to take care of all the trees in it. However, He had placed in the garden one tree that was hands off. God gave Adam clear instructions eat of the fruit from that tree which He called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So far so good so what’s the problem?
The bible says that the serpent was more crafty than any beast in the field and he approached Eve with a simple question. A paraphrased version of the question goes something like this; “Did God really say that you couldn’t eat of every tree in the garden?” Eve answered him exactly like he knew she would; “God said we cannot eat of the tree in the middle of the garden because we will surely die if we do.” The statement that the serpent makes next was the clincher. “You will not die. God knows that when you eat of that tree you will like Him, knowing the difference between good and evil. The stage is now set for man to make a choice between believing God or the lie of Satan himself and the rest history.
The bible says that Eve took and ate of the fruit and then gave some to Adam and he followed suit. It also says that they eyes were then opened and they knew that they were naked. The shame of their nakedness made them aware that they need to cover themselves. Their innocence had disappeared and they knew that the relationship they once had with the Creator was gone. Thus sin entered the human race through one man Adam and every person born since that time has inherited the sin nature that resulted from their actions. Since that time the gulf has existed between God and man.
Next week we will find out the result of sin and if there is a solution to man’s problem. Our reference verse will be Romans 6:23.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”