[ Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ ] Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned. “It is proven every human being sins. Sin is often defined as missing the mark. It is a failure to live up to God's requirements”. When we use the word "sin" many people have very different ideas about what sin actually is. Most people think of sin only as committing very evil crimes. Others don't use the word sin when talking about their own deficiencies, but instead refer to their sins as "mistakes". If we are to know God, it is of utmost importance that we understand His definition of sin and see our condition through the eyes of the Almighty One. "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me" (Psalm 51:5). “We sin because we have a sin nature. Every human being possesses a sin nature -- a corrupt nature inherited from Adam”. Our sin nature separates us from God: "The result of one trespass was condemnation for all men" (Romans 5:18). Psalm 51:5 states that we all come into the world as sinners: "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me." Ephesians 2:2 says that all people who are not in Christ are "sons of disobedience." Ephesians 2:3 also establishes this, saying that we are all "by nature children of wrath." If we are all "by nature children of wrath," it can only be because we are all by nature sinners--for God does not direct His wrath towards those who are not guilty. God did not create the human race sinful, but upright. But we fell into sin and became sinful due to the sin of Adam. “Christians have two natures at work in their being -- one is the old sin nature, and the other is a new nature controlled by the Spirit”. These two natures are constantly at war with each other. Paul explains that, despite his best intentions, he is still influenced by his sin nature: "I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do -- this I keep on doing" (Romans 7:18-19). While our two natures are constantly in conflict, it is not the sin nature that will ultimately control the Christian. Part of the sanctification process involves dying to the old nature. The Christian will sin, but the Christian will not continue in unrestrained sin: "You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you" (Romans 8:9). Sin in the Christian's life will be followed by remorse and repentance. At Christ's second coming, when the believer's body is glorified, the sin nature will be destroyed once and for all. Until then, we are told to resist the sin nature's temptations. God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). “Sin is a spiritual contagious disease, an illness and an ulcer which has stricken all mankind, both in his soul and his body. Sin has damaged all three of the basic abilities and powers of the soul; the mind, the heart and the will”. Man's mind became darkened and inclined toward error, thus, man constantly errs - in science, in philosophy and in his practical activity. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself says that this sin - the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit - is not forgiven and will not be forgiven either in this age or in the future. He pronounced these terrible words against the Pharisees who, though they clearly saw that he worked everything according to the will of God and by God's power, nevertheless distorted the truth. They perished in their own blasphemy and their example is instructive and urgent for all those who would sin mortal sin: by an obdurate and conscious adversity to the undoubted Truth and thereby blaspheming the Spirit of truth - God's Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches...
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