Summary: Maybe one of the most disturbing passages in the Bible is the story that tells how a man committed the first murder against his own brother. Just the very horror and evil of such an act is disturbing to say the least. It is a story that chills us to our
CAIN WANTED TO DENY THAT HUMAN NATURE IS EVIL
HE FELT HE WAS BASICALLY GOOD
Cain wanted to believe that he was basically a “good Joe.” He did what was morally right. He didn’t “drink, smoke or chew, or run with girls that do.”
No one would want to admit that they are basically a bad person. We all would like to believe that the bad things that we do are the exception, not the rule.
God’s Word tells us a different story...
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Rom 3:23
Both Jews and Gentiles, they are all under sin. Rom. 3:9
But the scripture hath concluded all under sin… Gal. 3:22
How did this happen?
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world… Rom. 5:12
Adam’s original sin in Eden brought sin into the world. How am I guilty?
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. James 2:10-11
OK, so I am under this blanket of sin. What are the consequences?
By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Rom. 5:12
This death penalty means that you are separated from God. That separation from God means that you do not have the privilege of His love in you. This death penalty means that you will not get to spend eternity in heaven: You will spend eternity in hell.
HIS OFFERING WAS NOT MADE BASED ON FAITH
HE CAME ON HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS
READ FROM LUKE 18:9-14.
Man wants to talk about what he can do for God. God talks about what He can do for man.
We want to get to heaven on the work of our hands. Salvation only comes through the nail- pierced hands of Jesus.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags… Isaiah 64:6
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippians 3:9
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that dili gently seek him. Heb 11:6
HIS OFFERING DID NOT INVOLVE THE LAMBS BLOOD
IT INVOLVED HIS OWN BLOOD
Abel offered a blood sacrifice: By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. Hebrews 11:4
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Heb 9:22
Abel’s sacrifice was based on the blood of the lamb, Cain’s sacrifice as based on his own blood, work and effort. But this verse says that without shedding of a lambs blood there is no remission, or forgiveness.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. Romans 5:9
We are justified by Jesus Christ’s shed blood. Justified means to declare righteous. The original word means to pronounce or announce a favorable verdict. This is in direct opposition to the judgment of God’s wrath.
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Col 1:13-14
We can be redeemed by Jesus Christ’s blood. Being redeemed means that a price is already paid for you, but you must accept that payment and take advantage of it. A coupon must be REDEEMED before it does you any good.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
CAIN DID NOT FOLLOW GOD’S PLAN
HE DID WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS RIGHT
In the long run, we can follow the more popular path, or we can follow God’s path.
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 16:25
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matt 7:13-14