Effects of Original Sin

The love that God has for all of His creation, He sent His Son into the world to become the perfect sacrifice. A sacrifice that He provided. This doesn’t mean that He gives everyone a chance to be forgiven based on what you do or by what you can provide. This means you have been forgiven based on the works of Christ and what He provided. It is God who first loved us and He desires to have a relationship with us. Being born with the original sin of Adam, meaning we are all born sinners and in a fallen state with no hope of recovery. Christ paid the full price for everyone. Now, because of the love that God has for us, although we are born with the original sin of Adam, The perfect sacrifice that God provided gives us forgiveness of the guilt (Accountability) of the original sin and establishes a relationship with God.

Now we can see how the blood of Christ frees us from the penalty of original sin, we also understand that people still sin, even little children. This may raise the question; How can that be? If Christ paid for sin for everybody, why do we still sin? It is important to understand that we are still born with the sinful nature of Adam. What Christ did for everyone is remove us from the liability of that sin (Original sin). Even though a child sins, they are not held accountable for it because of what Christ did on the cross. Sin is with us but we are not held responsible for that sin. Just because we are born spiritually alive and guiltless of the spiritual consequences of original sin, it doesn’t mean that we are completely free from original sin or the natural punishments it can cause.

Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

In order for sin to revive or recover, it must mean that at one time it ruled over us. It also means that for a time, We were free from the penalty it. We find in the book of Joshua (Chpt 7), Achan committed a sin. He took things from Jericho after God had commanded them not to. When Israel went into battle, they were defeated and fled. People died because of Achan’s sin. When Joshua found this out, he had Achan and his entire family killed. We see a symbol of Original sin. Achan was the head of the house, his sin had an effect on his whole family. The Bible teaches that wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). This is not just spiritual death, this is natural death also. Being born free of the penalty of original sin (Spiritual death), does not keep us from the effects of original sin. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Heb 9:27). Because of the original sin of Adam, we all must die a natural death. It is an appointment. As we can see from Achan’s family, his sin caused them to die. He passed the penalty of his sin to his family, just as Adam did to us.

Lamentations 5:7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

Sin affects not just us but it does affect others around us. Our sinful nature is evident and its effects are severe. Because of original sin, we have an appointment with death. Even after we become Christians, original sin is still present and the appointment must be kept. The apostle Paul wrote: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members (Rom 7:23). There is a constant warfare going on within us that will not end in this lifetime.

Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

The original sin of Adam is in each one of us. It is a battle from that we must fight from the cradle to the grave. The victory is only in Christ Jesus. Even as a Christian, Paul showed evidence of sin. He even found himself committing sins that he no pleasure in “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (Rom 7:14-15) We are born with original sin and show the signs of what is sown in our flesh. Just as Paul’s spirit was alive and was able to commune with God, so is our spirit when we are born. Children do sin and sometimes it causes heartache for those around them, but the love of Christ and His work on the cross overcame us being spiritually cut off from God because of Adam’s sin. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).


About D. Slone

The Lord has truly blessed me. I have a beautiful wife, Beth, and two lovely daughters, Emaly and Allyson. My wife and I belong to the Rock Fork Old Regular Baptist Church in the Indian Bottom Association. We enjoy going to church spending time with our family. Thank you for visiting this site. I hope you enjoy it and God Bless!
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