Effect of Sin on Self
Sins Effect on Self
Throughout this series, we have looked at first what sin is, then its effect on the world, and then others. Now we are going to look on how it affects us.
So we have already discussed the creation and its inherent goodness, yes it was VERY GOOD. But then Adam and Eve committed the first sin by taking of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From that moment sin entered all of the creation and it went from very good to a broken fallen version of what God created it to be. This went for man itself. We were made as the pinnacle of all creation, to be in intimate relationship with God in the Garden. When Adam and Eve committed the original sin, it was more than just eating fruit. It was Man spitting in God’s face and saying “you’re not good enough to be my God. I know what I want. I know what I need.” (Philippians 3:19). The created wanted the place of the creator. This is what paul is talking about when he says, “Claiming to be wise they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” (Romans 1:22-23). Not only are we fools, but its worse. We are separated from God. God is complete, holy and righteous. Sin goes against the very nature of God. So without righteousness, we cant even be close God. Romans tells us that Not one person is righteous and that no one even seeks God, or even do good on their own (Romans 3:10-12). Not only are we not righteous, but we are dead. Sin has literally killed us (Ephesians 2:1). We are followers of Satan himself (Ephesians 2:2). And every single one of us was born into this, doing whatever we wanted because it was our nature (Ephesians 2:3). This is how sin has affected our Selves. We are dead, broken, idolatrous, fools who follow Satan. We see all this in the first three verses of Ephesians chapter 2 and God would have been completely fair and just to leave us there. But our God is a god of grace and mercy. When he steps into the story he changes everything.
I want to leave you one of my favorite parts of the entire bible. Its what I like to call a “But God Moment.” I call it that cause that’s literally how it starts, also because God had no reason to enter into our mess, BUT he still does. This is picking up right where we left off in Ephesians 2.
4 But[a] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.