The Doctrine of Sin.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned- 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
Our text states clearly that death came into the world through one man. This stands in stark contrast with the teaching of evolution. Evolution teaches that death occurred before man evolved. The teaching of evolution contradicts the Bible and cannot be true if the Bible is true.
The teaching of evolution is a major cause of the lack of belief in the Bible as the Word of God. The scientific facts fit better with a six day creation 6200+ years ago than with a world that is billions of years old (see answersingenesis.org for information to validate this statement about science).
Paul is making the point that all people, including Adam and Eve, are infected with sin and will die. Our sin today is not like the sin of Adam. He sinned by choice in a perfect world and brought sin into the world. All the offspring of Adam and Eve sin because we have been infected by sin and then continue to sin by choice. Sin infected all of creation (Romans 8:19-22) and all are subject to death.
The Law was given to Moses to reveal God’s standard for people and what to do when the standard was broken. The Law (instruction of God) reveals sin, just as sunlight reveals streaked and dirty windows. The window may look clean until the sun shines on it and reveals it is not. Even so, when the Law is compared with our “good” life (Proverbs 30:12, 20; Exodus 20:14) we will see we have sinned. When we know we have sinned and the penalty of sin is death, then we will be prepared to repent of our sin and believe the gospel.
If we know that all people are subject to sin and death, then we will also be prepared to call other people to repent and believe the gospel just as Jesus did (Mark 1:15). Please note that death includes the body we live in. Our physical body will rot and decay and cease to exist. However, death also refers to the existence of our soul and spirit in the Lake of Fire, a place of eternal torment (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 21:8).
I love how the New Testament starts out in Matthew 1:21. It explains the gospel in a sentence. It says Jesus came to save us from our sins. So, through Adam death entered the world through sin, yet, through Jesus life entered the world through perfect love. God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, Jesus, to pay the ultimate price for our sin, to defeat sin and death once and for all (John 3:16). You are loved with the greatest love, a love that never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 1 John 4:8-10)! Jesus loves you. Say 'yes' to Jesus.
May you sing the song, "Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so" and believe it today.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
Sign up HERE to receive our FREE daily devotions five days a week in your inbox.
*Photo license Adobe Stock