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Friday, July 28, 2017

The Big Deal with Adam’s Sin

July 28

(Romans 5:12 NIV) "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned."

(1 Corinthians 15:21-22 NIV) "For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. {22} For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive."

(Romans 3:22-24 NIV) "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, {23} for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, {24} and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."

Adam’s sin in eating from the forbidden tree may appear trivial in the eyes of the theologically untrained. What’s the big deal anyway? The Greek word for sin is “hamartia”. It means to “miss the mark” or “miss the target.” Many Christians don’t drink, smoke, cuss, or do any of the things commonly associated with “sinners”. But they “live in sin” daily because they refuse to go, give, serve, reach out, or forgive. They are “missing the target”. We all do! Disobedience is sin, whatever form it might take. With man’s law, it’s the nature of the deed that matters when determining how bad a crime is. With God’s law, it’s the fact that we disobey at all. The deed is secondary to the rebellious spirit in which it is done. When we live for ourselves instead of for the glory of God, we “miss the mark”. That makes us all sinners. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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