THE PRESENCE OF SIN IS REAL
Sin entered the life of man shortly after creation. Genesis 3 recorded the entrance of sin into the human race. Since then, it is an evil that man has to contend with all the days of his life. Thus the Apostle John wrote, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:10).
The word “sin” occurs hundreds of times in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments. There are two Greek words used for sin. One is “harmatia” meaning to miss the mark. The other is “parabasis” which means to overstep the forbidden line. It is defined thus: “Sin may then be defined ultimately as anything in the creature which does not express, or which is contrary to, the holy character of the Creator” (J. O. Buswell). Sin is not simply the absence of good. Sin is as real as any disease that infects the body; it infects the soul of man.
It was Satan who originated the temptation to sin and deceived our first parents into transgression against God. It was after that fall that God immediately gave the promise of salvation in the seed of a woman in Genesis 3:15. When the angel announced the birth of Jesus, he said that He would be so named because He shall save His people from their sin (Matt 1:20-21). Some years after that announcement, John the Baptist introduced Jesus publicly as “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
The basic reason for the incarnation of the Son of God was to deal with the effects of sin on the human race. Paul agreed with John when he said in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” The Scriptural testimony of the reality of sin tells us that we need a remedy.
THOUGHT: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 6:23).
PRAYER: I thank Thee, Lord, for Thy gracious gift of eternal life.