The Price of Sin
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Messiah Yeshua.
For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is Yahweh’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Yeshua our Messiah
But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses Yahweh’s good commands for its own evil purposes.
Adam or You?
(#042 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
Adam: Why would anyone possibly blame me for the sinful desires of their own heart?
Eve: Well Adam, you know that you are the first man to have sinned.
Adam: Gee, thanks honey. I did have help if you remember. I am serious though; I don’t like the idea one bit, being blamed for the sin of another. It’s simply preposterous, unconscionable really.
Eve: Well, one day I am sure people will create their own doctrines and portray the beliefs they had conjured up in their own hearts as if they actually came from our Father.
Adam: You mean people will actually believe the doctrine that Yahweh will hold me accountable for their own lawlessness?
Eve: It’s bound to happen.
Adam: Yahweh has forgiven me and, although my consequence for rebellion was grave, His forgiveness made me into a new creation. Abba says that all men have this same opportunity to repent and become brand new.
Eve: So, it would seem that even their sin of changing the words of Abba will be forgiven as well?
Adam: Yes honey, but it still bothers me. If they are made into new creations, why would they sin again even after such grace is bestowed on them? And even worse, why would they sin and blame it on me?
Eve: I am quite sure both will happen. It seems that humans have a propensity to do just that.
Adam: Well there you have it then!
Eve: Have what Adam?
Adam: All men will be just like me, all on their own; they won’t need my help to sin. I just happened to be the first.
Eve: Please elaborate Adam.
Adam: Sin once, okay, blame me! But, sin again after you have been renewed, now who’s to blame?
Eve: Oh, I see. Now let’s pray that they will see it as well.
So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to the Almighty. (Romans 14:12)