Purpose of this Session
To consider the reality of sin, and its solution
As we consider the great themes of Scripture, we cannot bypass the doctrine of sin. Many today would like to deny the fact of sin, or indeed that there is any God whom we could sin against. This doctrine however, displays the awful fact of sin as it is declared and displayed through man’s own conscience and history.
The Scriptures show that sin entered the universe through satan, and was then introduced to the human race through Adam’s transgression. Genesis 3 is an accurate historical record of the entrance of this hellish principle into the created world.
The Bible reveals the essence of sin to be self-centredness with its tragic result being death and separation from God. The Bible also reveals God’s redemptive plan in Christ to forever rid the universe of sin’s power and presence forever.
The fact of sin
Only someone wilfully ignorant would deny that something is drastically wrong in the earth and among its inhabitants. A cursory viewing of the evening news should be enough to convince us that a negative principle is at work in the universe, driving men to their own destruction. The Bible calls this principle or law, sin. As Conner points out in “Foundations” (p133): “All chaos, disharmony and strife in the world can be traced back to the fact of the existence of sin.”
a. Creation declares the existence of sin
When sin entered the human race, all nature fell with its king, Adam, and came under a curse.
“Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, “You shall not eat of it’: ‘Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.” (Gen 3:17 NKJV)
The forces of nature with their awful unpredictability are a result of this curse. The Bible says that all of creation groans under this burden:
“because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” (Rom 8:21-23 NKJV)
b. Human History declares the existence of sin
The bloody history of mankind, and the ravages of corruption, control and selfishness display the reality of the principle of sin at work in the history of mankind. Where do these wars and fighting among the nations arise; from the existence of sin.
c. Human logic, conscience, experience and religions declare the existence of sin
Human intellect would like to deny that a deep principle of conflict is at work within the being of mankind, but reality shows us that although there may be the desire to do what is right, evil is present, driving a man contrary to his best intention. The law of conscience at work within the hearts of mankind, and the lawless corruption of modern society, also gives abundant evidence of sin’s reality. Human religions also bear witness to sin’s reality in the fact that almost all religions have developed some form of priesthood and sacrificial system to appease their god or gods. Only Christianity presents an answer to the sin problem, in the Person of Jesus Christ.
d. The Scriptures and Believers declare the fact of sin
The Scriptures unequivocally declare the fact of the universality of sin, placing all of creation under its terrible sway:
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom 3:23 NKJV)
See also 1 Kings 8:46; Prov 20:9; Eccl 7:20; Gal 3:22; 1 John 1:8
Two great mysteries are at work in the universe; the mystery of iniquity and the mystery of godliness;
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness…” (1Tim 3:16 KJV)
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work…” (2Th 2:7 KJV)
Believers become acutely aware of the working of these mysteries, and that through the Word and the Spirit of God they must overcome the work of iniquity.