In the Beginning: Sin

This is part three in a four-part series, “In the Beginning”. CLICK HERE for all sermons in this series.

God created man and they resided in the Garden of Eden. When the serpent appeared to the woman, man experienced temptation for the first time. When acted upon, temptation becomes sin.

"Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. he said to the woman, 'Did God really say, "You can't eat from any tree in the garden?"' The woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, "You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die."' 'No! You will not die,' the serpent said to the woman. 'In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' The woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves."

Genesis 3:1-7

Sin Defined

SIN: KHATA (Hebrew) or HAMARTIA (Greek): Failure – to miss the mark

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 6:23

TRANSGRESSION: PESHA (Hebrew) or PARAPTOMA (Greek): Rebellion – the breaking of a treaty

"For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me."

Psalm 51:3

INIQUITY: AVAH (Hebrew) or ANOMIA (Greek): Broken – bent and distorted

"A wicked person desires evil; he has no consideration for his neighbor."

Proverbs 21:10

The Effects of Sin

Our sin is a gateway to other sins.

APPLICATION: The enemy is not content with us sinning; he wants that sin to become a stronghold in our life.

Sin always leads us to feel shame.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to fear being vulnerable, transparent, open, honest with God and with others.

Sin leads us to a works-based faith.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to try to fix my sin problem ourselves instead of going to God for help.

Sin always leads us to guilt.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to believe that we can never come back to God because we are not good enough to be loved by Him.

Sin always causes us to be fearful.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to be scared of what God might do if we come back to Him.

Sin causes us to blame others.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to point fingers at others and make excuses for our wrong actions.

Sin always causes pain.

APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to experience things we never would have had to experience and to do things we never would have had to do.

Sin ultimately leads to death.

APPLICATION: If the enemy cannot destroy God, then he wants to do everything we can to destroy His image bearers.

Response to Sin

"Adam named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all the living. The Lord God made clothing out of skins for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them."

Genesis 3:20-21

God’s response to our sin was grace

…our response to God’s grace determines the end result of our sin.

IGNORE: We can choose to ignore our need for God’s grace.

REJECT: We can choose to reject the offer of God’s grace.

ACCEPT: We can choose to accept the gift of God’s grace.

"Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Romans 10:11-13

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