What are the consequenses of Sin?

Okay, I have defined sin (click here to read the post) now it is time to discuss the consequences of sin. To do this we must start back in Genesis and the Garden of Eden.

Before the fall there was no sin in the world. Adam and Eve existed in a sinless state and enjoyed a personal relationship with God. To read about the fall see Genesis 3. Lets recap where they were for a moment. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden. They were able to spend time with God on a daily basis. Everything they needed was provided for them. They were in perfect harmony with God and with their environment. In short it was paradise on Earth.

That all changed at the point where Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. That is the essence of sin – disobedience to God. God had only given them one “law”. They were not to eat the fruit of one specific tree in the Garden – everything else was available to them. Romans 5:12 says “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned”. Because of Adam’s choice to disobey sin and death entered God’s creation.

Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death” The consequences of the choice by Adam and Eve was two fold – spiritual death and physical death. Sin carries a death sentence with no hope of a last minute commutation. The consequences did not end with Adam and Eve. Because Adam was the first and head of the human race and because he sinned before any descendants were born, all humans share in his guilt. Romans 5:19 says “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners“.

John 8:34 says “…everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” Sin results in the bondage of the one who commits sin. The bondage / slavery is so complete that the person does not even realize that they are bound, or in servitude, to sin. Click here to read a more thorough discussion of this concept. Being in this state of slavery to sin makes it impossible to have a relationship with God. The Bible teaches us in Matthew 6:24 that we cannot serve two masters….that means that if our master is sin then we cannot serve God.

Now to recap…..All people share in the consequences of the choices made by Adam and Eve. We are all sinners by nature and are not capable of a relationship with God. We are spiritually dead and are waiting for our physical death. While we await our physical death we live our lives in bondage to sin – unaware that we are actually bound. This is a sad way to live….but until God regenerates us we do not know any better or want to be any different.  The consequences of sin are dire!  Do we really want to be separated from God for all eternity?  What hope would we have then?

God in His infinite wisdom prepared for us a way to be reconciled to Him…..more about that in a later post.


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