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Jesus came to redeem us from the consequences of the Fall – Part 7

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Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

Epithumia, often translated “lust,” is actually a neutral word. Only the context can determine if the desire is good or evil. Jesus said, “I have fervently desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Luke 22:15). Paul used this word with a modifier meaning “evil,” in Col. 3:5, where it is translated “evil concupiscence” or “evil desire.” When used in this way, the word could refer to almost any evil desire but was most often used to describe sexual sins (Matt. 5:28).

Sin’s Consequences Some of the consequences of sin are (1) Separation from God, estrangement, and a lack of fellowship (2) death (3) enslavement to sin (4) spiritual depravity (5) moral ineptitude (6) guilt (7) estrangement from other persons.

The Bible looks upon sin in any form as the most serious of humanity’s problems. Though sinful acts may be directed against another person, ultimately every sin is against God, the Creator of all things. Perfect in righteousness, God cannot tolerate that which violates His righteous character. Therefore, sin creates a barrier between God and persons.

Sin also necessitates God’s intervention in human affairs. Since humanity could not extricate itself from the entanglements of sin, it was necessary for God to intervene if humanity was ever to be freed from these entanglements. See Salvation.
The consequences of sin both personally and in society are far-reaching. That person who constantly and consistently follows a sinful course will become so enmeshed in sin that for all practical purposes he or she is enslaved to sin (Rom. 6).

Another of the awful consequences of sin is spiritual depravity in society in general as well as in the lives of individuals. Some will argue that depravity is the cause of sin, and this surely is a valid consideration. However, there can be no escaping the fact that a continuance in sin adds to this personal depravity, moral crookedness or corruption, eventually making it impossible to reject sin. Sin also produces spiritual blindness. Spiritual truths simply are not visible to that person who has been blinded by sin.

Moral ineptitude is another devastating consequence of sin. The more people practice sin, the more inept they become as far as moral and spiritual values are concerned. Eventually, sin blurs the distinction between right and wrong.
Guilt is certainly a consequence of sin. No person can blame another person for a sin problem. Each person must accept responsibility for sin and face the guilt associated with it (Rom. 1-3).

In the Bible sin and death are corollaries. One of the terrible by-products of sin is death. Continual, consistent sin will bring spiritual death (Gen 2:17; Rom 6:23; Jas 1:15) to that person who has not come under the lordship of Christ through repentance and faith (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20: 14.) For those who have trusted Christ Jesus for salvation, death no longer holds this dread. Christ has negated the power of Satan in making death horrible and has freed the person from slavery to this awful fear (Heb. 2:14·15). See Death.

Another serious consequence of sin is that it brings separation from God, estrangement, and a lack of fellowship with God. This need not be permanent, but if a person dies not having corrected this problem by trusting Christ, then the separation does become permanent (Rom 6:23) See Hell

Sin produces estrangement from other persons just as surely as it produces an estrangement from God. All interpersonal problems have sinned as their root cause (James 4:1-3).

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