It was perfect. God had created a masterpiece known as the world (Genesis 1:31). He created man in His own image and gave them everything they needed to flourish upon the earth (Genesis 1:26-30). The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, as well as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9). God commanded the man saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). After this clear command was given, God gave the man a “helper comparable to him” known as woman. With this background in mind, we go to Genesis chapter three, where God has told me how sin entered this world.
How Sin Entered the World
The serpent came to the woman with the intention of creating doubt in her mind. God’s command was called into question, and then the serpent deceived Eve by changing one word: “You will NOT surely die” (Genesis 3:4; John 8:44). As we come to verse six, we find the formula of the fall: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate” (Genesis 3:6). This is how sin entered the world. Eve heard a lie, believed a lie, and obeyed a lie.
How Sin Occurs in Our Lives
As we go to the New Testament, we find this formula stated: “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:16). Notice that Eve saw that the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), that it was pleasant to the eyes (lust of the eyes), and a tree desirable to make one wise (pride of life). James gave an inspired “play-by-play” of how sin occurs: “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15). This vicious cycle started in the Garden when Eve was drawn away of her own lust and enticed. Then, temptation conceived and gave birth to sin, which leads to death (Romans 6:23).
The Solution for Sin
How sad to see the horrible consequences of sin! Friends, you and I have given into sin, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God has told me how sin entered the world, but He has also told me of the Savior Who entered the world to deliver a crushing blow to sin: “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15). God had the solution to the sin problem before it ever entered the world.
God, through His Word, has revealed how sin entered the world, how we sin today, and the consequences of sin. Thanks be to God that He also provides, through His Word, the solution to our problem, how we can handle it, and how we can live forever (Romans 10:17; John 8:24; Acts 17:30; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Romans 6:3-6; Acts 22:16; Revelation 2:10)!
By Drew Suttles
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