Summary: Sin leads to death and separation from God
how sin affects us
We know that life was perfect in the garden. 1 Cor. 15:21-22 “So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, Adam, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, Christ. Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the first man. But all who are related to Christ, the other man, will be given new life.”
We have some rich truths to proclaim this morning as we look into His word.
1. We find that Satan has his teaching. “Has God really said that? Well I want you to know you will not die.” The devil does not say there is no God he merely suggests that God does not mean what He says or that He will show mercy. His purpose is to destroy the purpose of God for mankind. We have the choice to change the Devil’s plans by choosing Christ.
2. We have reasoning of the flesh or we call it carnal reasoning. Carnal is opposed to spiritual reasoning. “The woman saw that the tree had fruit that was good to eat, nice to look at, and desirable for making one wise.” She looked at the fruit and judging by it appearance it did not look bad. She kept looking and her desire became bigger and grew into a deliberate act of her will. She was not satisfied with just taking for herself and so gave also to her husband. We can see the process in seven steps. 1. She gave paid attention to the temper. 2. She forgot God’s mercies. 3. She kept her eyes on what was forbidden. 4. She did not like it that God had not said it was forbidden. 5. She doubted God’s Word. 6. She believed what Satan told her. 7. She took and ate of the fruit. James 1:13-15 “And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, "God is tempting me." God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death.” 1 John 2:15-17 “Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world. And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.” The Bible says that man was made to think and act. When we go along with the thoughts of this world we cannot please God.
The Parable of the Ducks. Søren Kierkegaard, told a story about ducks that came from an imaginary country where only ducks live.
One Sunday morning, all the mother and father ducks headed to church with their children waddling behind them. They entered the doors and sat in their duck pews, sang songs from their duck hymnals, and gave to underprivileged ducks at the offering time.
When the duck preacher got up to proclaim the message, he was very dynamic. He opened his duck Bible and screamed, "Ducks, you can fly! You have wings and you can fly like eagles." The ducks all chanted, "We can fly, we can fly!" He asked, "Do you believe you can fly?" Again, they shouted back, "We can fly, we can fly." He screamed again, "We can soar through the skies!" They all shouted, "Amen." With that the pastor closed his duck Bible and dismissed his congregation of ducks. Then they all waddled back home.