To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. – Genesis 3:17
Prior to the Fall man lived in harmony with God. So much so that we had direct communion with Him. That’s amazing isn’t it? Speaking directly with the Creator. No mediator is how God intended our relationship with Him because of all animals man was given the ability to speak and think on a level higher than any other creation. Given that God is omniscient can you see how sad it would be to know your creation would fall from grace and turn it’s back upon You. That their actions would have dire consequences. That You would give Your own son to adopt multitudes more through His bloodshed.
We see some of that with our children don’t we? These children are created from us and they grow and become independent. They will sometimes test boundaries we put them within and other times they will flat out ignore them. As parents we want our children to love us eternally and to always follow the rules because we have been children, we know the consequences of our actions and the potential punishment that comes with ignoring the rules. We also set those rules to keep them safe. Not just from others but from themselves. Still, what kind of joy is it to have a child that does not do for themselves and think for themselves. I can build a robot if I want something entirely submissive to my will. Our children choose to obey because they love us, because it suits their wants or because they understand the wisdom of our boundaries. We have to be okay with the times that they don’t agree with them as well.
What are the Consequences of Sin?
It’s easy to think that our sin is minor. Something no one will know or care about as long as we are good at keeping it hidden. The sins we commit hurt us, look at the unfortunate circumstance of Uzzah from 2 Samuel 6:1-7, despite his good intentions he touched the Ark of the Covenant and was killed immediately. David was angry at God for that but the death of Uzzah happened to be a mixture of David’s fault since he ignored God’s commands on how the Ark was to be moved and Uzzah’s disobedience of touching the Ark. This includes a second of several consequences of sin, David sinned by ignoring God’s instructions but because of that sin the Ark was not carried properly and when the oxen stumbled Uzzah sinned by touching the Ark to steady it. Uzzah paid the consequences of sin by death. Sin hurts you and it hurts others.
Sin brings spiritual consequences with it as well. We become separated from God when not following His laws and it can be a slippery slope. Sin begets sin, first it starts with a wandering eye and then flirting and oftentimes coveting and ultimately adultery. For the believer we have the Holy Spirit there to reign us back in and convict us of our transgressions (John 16:7-8) but for the unbeliever they will need help and that my friends is the good news…
Sin does not have to mean death. Sin does not have to mean eternal separation from God. It can be those things but it can also be the catalyst that shows you how broken you are. The consequences of sin can be nullified by the salvation Jesus offered us when He willingly came to earth and was slain as the lamb only to defeat death like the lion of Judah that He is. God has done all the work for us to rise back to grace. We have to choose it. He chases us without remorse.
Sometimes we have to draw a line in the sand about things and for me, it’s time I do that. If you sin and proclaim that you have salvation upon your heart then you should be convicted by the Holy Spirit to repent. If you don’t then you should take a step back and consider if you have been redeemed. Jesus can save us but it takes a willing heart, an intentional mind and a soul on fire for God. Asking forgiveness just to avoid Hell doesn’t secure our place, it takes faith, it takes grit and a broken heart only Christ can mend.