God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only son.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
There is much misunderstanding about the “why” of original sin – about where the “sin” in each of us occurred at the beginning. Full knowledge of this is waiting for us in Heaven but we have been given the truth here and now to understand the choice we have in this day.
Oswald Chambers interpreting Romans 5:12 and Hebrews 9:26 describes it this way: “Sin entered the human race through one man who chose the right to himself over God’s sovereign right. This knowledge of the right to himself and therefore, his right to be his own God, resulted in expulsion of man from God’s presence and unleashed sin and death into the world.“
The nature of sin is not immorality and wrongdoing, but the nature of self-realization which leads us to say, “I am my own god.” (My Utmost for His Highest, October 5)
But God loved His creation so much that he sent a Savior – not just anyone – but His one and only Son, Jesus Christ– to take the heredity of sin upon himself taking the sin into death where it was destroyed once and for all. God raised Jesus from the dead and therefore overcame death so that a pathway was created from earth to heaven. Anyone who believes in Jesus accepts this redemption and has eternal life.
“Sin is something we are born with because of the actions of one man. However, God does not hold us responsible for the heredity of sin and does not condemn anyone for it. Condemnation comes when we realize Jesus Christ can deliver us from this heredity of sin, and yet we refuse to let him do so.” (My Utmost for His Highest, October 5)
My prayer for us this week is that we stop trying to earn our way into heaven and recognize and accept in this moment that we have been redeemed by Jesus. Let us remember that whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.