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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What am I saved from?

I talk a lot about "salvation" on this blog, and it is crucial that you know what I am being saved from. This post will answer the question, "What am I saved from?" This post will also answer the question of, "Why do I need to be saved?"

First, when a person reads the book of Genesis he will see that when God made humans, He made us without sin.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen 1:27 (KJV)

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen 1:31 (KJV)

God is Holy, and He would not have called His creation “very good,” if it had already been tainted by sin.

Adam and Eve continued to live in the Garden of Eden while they were yet without sin. It was imperative that to live in the garden they had to obey certain rules. God commanded Adam that,

Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen 2:16-17 (KJV)

Unfortunately, Eve was deceived by the Serpent and ate of the fruit that had been forbidden. And, Adam shared with her in this sin.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. Gen 3:6-8 (KJV)

This sin had immediate consequences and long term consequences.

The immediate consequences to Adam and Eve:

Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. Gen 3:23-24 (KJV)

The delayed consequences to mankind:

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. Gen 3:16-21 (KJV)

But, beyond these consequences is the promise that if Adam ate of the tree he would “surely die.” Not only will Adam and every other human die a physical death, but now we are born spiritually dead. And, unless a person is forgiven of his sins committed against God, he will be sent to hell when he dies (physically). The result of sin that most effects us today is that we are born with a propensity to sin. We are born with a nature that prefers to sin and disobey God, rather than Honor Him. Here are some verses to establish that through Adam, sin entered all mankind.

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12 (KJV)

For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners… Romans 5:19 (KJV)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10 (KJV)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 (KJV)

Here are some verses to show that humans have a sin nature before we are even born.

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Psalms 58:3 (KJV)

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalms 51:5 (KJV)

What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Job 15:14 (KJV)

Surely you did not hear, Surely you did not know; Surely from long ago your ear was not opened. For I knew that you would deal very treacherously, And were called a transgressor from the womb. Isaiah 48:8 (NKJV)

For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. Eccl 7:20 (KJV)

These verses have helped to establish that all mankind receives a sinful nature. Now, let’s look again at the punishment for sin.

For the wages of sin is death; Romans 6:23a (KJV)

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:14-15 (KJV)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Rev 21:8 (KJV)

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Rev 20:14-15 (KJV)

Sin leads to separation from God – which leads to eternal misery in hell, fire, and brimstone. We are all sinners. We all need to be forgiven for our sins.

This series continues with Justification - Part 1.

You can read more about how God views sins here. You can read more about how to become a Christian here.

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