As we look at the effects of sin, the question that comes to my mind is, what is sin? Sin is an offense, as to offend, as to err, as to trespass, as to rebel, as to be in rebellion, or to revolt. To do what we should not do, or not to do what we should do. We are talking offending God, as to err from God, to trespass against God, to rebel against God as a revolt of God and all His laws. Not doing what God has commanded, and doing what God has said not to do.

We are dealing with the only true and living God. The one that spoke the heavens and earth into existence, one that possesses all power and has the right to do what He wants to do, whenever He wants to do it, because He is God. This God not only created the heavens and the earth, but also took the dust of the earth and created man in His own likeness. Could we not say by this that He has the right to give that which He created a law or laws to keep and to pronounce sentence upon those who disobeyed.

In Romans chapter 5 verse 12, the Apostle Paul says, Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned. After God had made the man Adam out of the dust of the earth, he breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and he became a living soul.

Then God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. In Genesis chapter 2, verse 16-17; And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But 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. This law, God gave to Adam to keep, but Adam disobeyed God and took of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and so death came upon Adam and all those whom he represented, which is the whole Adam and all those whom he represented, which is the whole Adam or human race.

In Ephesians chapter two, verse three; Paul says, that we were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. I have heard it put this way, that sin is a sickness, that it is a disease, that it is hereditary, that it is terminal yet it is only temporary. Did you know that we are born into this world sinners, that we inherited the sin nature of Adam that not only was a disease and made us sick, but that we pass this disease or sickness to our children; they pass it on to their children, and their children pass it on down to their children and so on and so on. This sin reigns in our bodies until it brings forth death. The Apostle Paul says in Romans, chapter 6, verse 23, For the wages of sin is death. What the Apostle Paul is saying, is that this is something that we have worked for. When we go into the public work force, we take a job that we might put forth so many hours of labor for a certain amount of pay. We say that we will labor for forty hours a week for four hundred of pay. This is the wages we draw for what we have labored for. For the wages of sin is death. Death is what we have labored so hard for. This death is an eternal separation from God. Not only a separation from God for all eternity, but a judgment in the lake of fire with God's wrath upon us forever and forever.

Oh! But there is some good news. Paul says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. When I begin to think of what I have worked for and what I deserve to get because of sin dwelling in me. Knowing as the Apostle Paul did, that I am the chief of sinners and that I have failed God in everyway. That when I would do good, evil is present with me. Then I read in Romans, chapter 5 verses 6 and 8; For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

This is good news, my friends, to Hell deserving sinners that Christ did not wait till we gained some strength and became Godly, because we have no strength of our own and we have no righteousness of our own, but our strength and our righteousness is in Christ Jesus our Lord. But God commended His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, God died for us. AMEN.

Elder George Walker

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