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Before we get into this blog, if you will, it is probably more of a dissertation than a blog. I want to apologize for being away so long. I have no excuse, but there is a reason; it is called Sin. There is no excuse known to man for sin; however if you will read on you will find a reason that everyone commits sin, yes, even me. I, like the Apostle Paul, consider myself the chiefest of sinners.  The Apostle Paul cannot hold a candle to the depravity that is in me. Enough said let us get on with this blog.

About Original Sin

Genesis 3  1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; 3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” 4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. 8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle,

And more than every beast of the field;

On your belly you will go,

And dust you will eat

All the days of your life;

15 And I will put enmity

Between you and the woman,

And between your seed and her seed;

He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

16 To the woman He said,

“I will greatly multiply

Your pain in childbirth,

In pain you will bring forth children;

Yet your desire will be for your husband,

And he will rule over you.”

17 Then to Adam He said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying,

‘You shall not eat from it’;

Cursed is the ground because of you;

In toil you will eat of it

All the days of your life.

18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;

And you will eat the plants of the field;

19 By the sweat of your face

You will eat bread,

Till you return to the ground,

Because from it you were taken;

For you are dust,

And to dust you shall return.”

20 Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.  22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

Romans 1: 18-32

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Romans 7: 14-25

14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.

21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

I know that the text is quite lengthy.  However, it explains a lot when you read the scriptures and consider them in connection with each other.

Let us look at it all together.

Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, living there “fat, dumb and happy” (to use a modern colloquialism) and then along came Satan, who is already at war with God, and says “aha, I know how to put a kink in God’s plans.  I’ll tempt Eve into eating from the tree, her and Adam, were forbidden to eat from.  Eve did eat of that fruit and so did Adam.  And as they say “the rest is history.”  Or was it?

Well, we have to go to and amazing scholar for the answer to that question.  Someone whom in his lifetime studied the Scriptures and knew them “backwards and forwards, inside out and upside down.” A human being who studied the Law of Moses under the foremost teacher of his time.  A man who was an Apostle appointed by Jesus Christ himself, after His resurrection.  Yes, I am talking about the Apostle Paul.

The Apostle Paul defined what is called “Original” sin in his letters to the Romans and the Corinthians.  He was straight forward in his approach on this matter.  He put it in words that they could understand. He let them know that everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, was subject to “Original” sin from the moment they were conceived, without exception!  He then told them of the Grace of God.  He also knew that they would struggle with this concept and the gave them some insight into the Doctrine of Original Sin, by using his own testimony.

We will first look at what is says in Romans 1: 18-32.

The Apostle Paul wrote, that by default, God is evident in them because God made them.  They have no excuse for not acknowledging Him.  For even though they “knew” Him, they did not worship Him, vainly imagining other things, intellectualizing their existence.  For thinking that they were intelligent, they dismissed the Glory of God for the worship of idols; gods in the form of man, birds, four footed animals and crawling creatures.  Simply put they dismissed the truth of God’s nature for these vain imaginations and worshiped and sacrificed to these gods willingly instead of the One True Living God.

Because of this, God gave them over to their own passions and imaginations, committing lustful acts that were and are against nature.  Because they did not think it was right to acknowledge God, He allowed them to have depraved minds, committing every offence and depravity know to man.  This continues even to this day.  Shocking? Not really because it is the truth of what happen when one sinful, powerful being, decided he would mess with the One True Living God and try to mess-up His perfect creation.  God punished Satan for doing this and mankind for being tricked into committing the first (original) sin.

In today’s vernacular, because of that sin we are “hardwired” to be thieves, adulterers, murderers, addicts, whoremonger’s, lesbians, homosexuals and any number of things that are the nature of sinful man and against the nature of God.  We, as human beings have been given over to all of this and much, much more, reveling in the pleasures of the flesh and its depravities also.

However God in his infinite wisdom sent us a Savior that would save us from our lusts and depravities, which essentially saved us from our sins.

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthians in the Sixth chapter vv 9-11, wrote to them and also us who would not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The list is as follows:

1.  The unrighteous. That means:

a. fornicators

b. idolaters

c. adulterers

d. effeminate

e. homosexuals (and lesbians)

f. thieves

g. covetous

h. drunkards

I. revilers

j swindlers

That is pretty much everybody.  There is a “but God” here though; because Paul goes on to say that by God’s Grace we were washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.  We were sanctified and justified in the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit.  That does not mean that we are totally free of all the temptations that the old carnal man had before our salvation.  It means that even though, like Paul, we do what we do not want to do sometimes and sin; we do have an advocate, who is loving, caring and forgiving. He covers our sins with His blood. so that we are without blemish or spot.  He takes our punishment for our sins for us.  This does not mean that we keep on committing these sins, but we must learn to subjugate them to God’s law, and will, allowing Jesus Christ and the Holy spirit to guide us into what is right according to God’s Holy Word.

Paul wrote in Romans 8:1-2 1.Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  2. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.

It is because of that freedom, we are able to subdue the temptations of the carnal man within us as long as we submit to the Word and Will of God, in daily supplications and confessions our sins to Jesus Christ.  Man is not perfect yet and is not free from sinning daily.  That is why we must daily ask for forgiveness and with all prayer and supplication giving-up and committing our strongholds to Jesus; so that we may claim that Jesus is our fortress and stronghold so that our soul rests in no other.  AMEN and AMEN!

If any of you out there are feeling the need to commit to Jesus your life and receive  forgiveness for your sins; pray for the remission of them right now to Jesus Our LORD.  Just a simple, “I admit that I am a sinner, and I need you to be my savior, Jesus.  Come into my heart.”  And mean it. 

Then seek out a church of your choice preferably, a Reformed theology church. The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, The Presbyterian Church of America, The Dutch Reformed Church of America, The Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Anglican Church are some of the different denominations you have to choose from; however the list is not all inclusive.  You can goggle Reformed Churches on the internet and find one that is in your area.  Once you have found one, visit the church and talk to the pastor and his staff, telling them that you are a new Christian and you would like to unite with their church and worship there.  They will be able to further instruct on your Christian life and the things you need to do to become a member of their church.

PS.  If you don’t have a Bible or you have trouble understanding the King James Version that you do have, purchase an English Standard Version (ESV) or a New American Standard Bible (NASB).  You can find both in a Book Store or a Christian Book Store.  Or you can purchase one online and have it shipped to your house.  Whichever way you decide on let me warn you that can cost very little or can get quite expensive.  Purchase what you are comfortable with and can afford.

 

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