Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Thoughts on Sin

I was looking back in my journal the other day to see what I had written a whole year ago, and found these thoughts jotted down on January 3, 2009. I have edited it a little, expanded somewhat, added references, and categorized the sections so that it makes a little more sense. ;-)

Genesis 3

Satan and Sin
Satan, when tempting, first twists God's Word to make it sound ridiculous, hints that God could be wrong, and then breaks out in an utter blatant lie. Then he appeals to the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. He appeals to man's desire for power, prestige, knowledge, "god-likeness". He tries to prove how man will "miss out", how God is denying them privileges that they ought to have. (3:1-6)

Man and Sin
When man sins, he easily brings others along with him into sin. Then he realizes the shame of his deed and tries to cover it up with his own doings. He tries to hide from God because he knows he is is trouble. When confronted, he often tries to shift the blame so he can avoid responsibility for what he has done. (3:6-10)

God Over Sin
God knows everything, and yet He calls man to account: "Where are you?" He convicts of sin, and, due to His holy character, cannot look upon sin. Relationship is broken; payment must be made. The payment of sin is death. However, God offers hopes of redemption through Jesus Christ and then covers man with clothing of His own making. Jesus is the way back into the Garden of Eden. (3:8-24)

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