The Fall of Mankind

By their disobedience of God’s comman, Adam and Eve fell into sin. That is, they became corrupt, dead in sin (that is what the passage “You shall surely die” in Genesis 3 means), possessed of a corrupt nature. This comes to us in three ways, the third being dependent on the first two.

Adam’s guilt is imputed to us. That is, we are reckoned by God as having sinned in Adam. He was our representative head. This can be proved by Romans 5, which says that through Adam’s sin, guilt was brought upon all. That is the punishment of death comes to us because of Adam’s sin. He must be our representative, then.

Secondly, Adam’s corrupt nature is passed on to us. This is like characteristics (such as blue eyes) that are passed on from one generation to the next. But no one is exempt from this sin nature.

Thirdly, these first two reasons are the reason why we actually sin. We are worthy of condemnation for all three of these reasons. We would have done the same thing Adam did. We might think, “Oh, but knowing how much pain and suffering his sin brought would have kept me from sinning.” But in order to determine whether you would have sinned, you would have to imagine yourself in Adam’s position, without having sinned. But Adam did in fact know what the consequences of sin would be. He knew that death would come. He chose death on purpose.

Sin is defined as breaking God’s law. It’s that simple. God said for to do (or not to do) something, and we disobeyed. Sin is not a sickness or a disease. It is a voluntary act of the will, when it comes to actual transgressions.

But our sin nature is itself worthy of condemnation as well. This is why we don’t have to commit a single sin to be worthy of hell. We are already worthy of hell, because we have that sin nature, and because Adam’s sin is imputed to us.

But thanks be to the Lord Jesus Christ! The way that Adam’s sin was imputed to us also points us to Christ’s righteousness, which is imputed to us when we come to faith-union in the risen Lord Jesus.

Furthermore, when we come to faith, God implants a new nature within us, and deals a death blow to our old nature. It’s still alive in believes, kicking and thrashing around. But it is dying every day by the power of the Holy Spirit.

And in the new heavens and the new earth, we will never sin. So all three of these sin problems are taken care of in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ applied to our souls. Jesus is the answer to all the world’s problems, since all the world’s problems are caused by sin.

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