So far, in part one and part two, we’ve established that with Adam and Eve, sin and death entered the world. From that moment, everything changed for humanity. The history of mankind is marred by sin from birth, inheriting guilt and shame from the first man and woman to live on the earth. What does that mean for us today?
The answer is simple: by our own strength, we are hopelessly lost to sin. It is part of our very nature to do selfish, evil things. Many of us are quick to think that we are good people, simply because we haven’t committed murder or adultery…but have you lied? Have you ever stolen anything, worked less than you should have at your job, judged others, gossiped or thought negatively about someone else? A toddler is not taught to misbehave, but many of you will agree that after short observation of a small child’s tantrum, it is easy to conclude that humans really are born with a sinful nature!
When we sin once, we fall short of the standards that God has set for us. The thing is, we all fall short of the standards that God has for us (Rom. 3:23). As mentioned in the previous article, without a proper punishment for our sin, our sentence is eternal death. When we reach the end of our earthly lives, we will be judged, and ultimately sent to the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-15). By our own merit, the outlook is bleak.
Thankfully, there is still hope.
We are inescapably loved by an immeasurable God.
And he has not forgotten us.