“I never thought that I would be capable of doing this!” Some times we hear the news about good people doing terrible things, and we wonder, how is that possible? Other times we just cannot believe that he or she did that.
The Bible is clear when it affirms that everybody, and it means EVERYBODY is a sinner. That means, everybody is broken and spiritually damaged. When our forefathers sinned and disobeyed God, they broke the Law, and that rebellion was passed to their children.
This is the second reason why we die. It is the transmission of death. I call it the universal contamination. When our first parents disobeyed God and broke His law, they died. Their death contaminated everyone that came after them.
Their death became our death. It contaminated every human being. This is what Paul wrote to the Romans: “Rom. 5:12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because allsinned-”
Paul in his letter to the Romans tries to explain what happened, how it happened, why it happened, and the solution for this mess in which we find ourselves. Paul also makes clear that this is not a Jewish problem or a gentile problem, he affirms that it is a universal problem:“Rom. 3:22-23This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all havesinnedand fall short of the glory of God,”
It also contaminated every area of our life. This is why the Bible says that everyone is a sinner. From that point on our attitudes toward God and His laws became something very hard for us to deal with. This explains why it is so hard for us to do the right thing.
We do not need to teach our children to lie and disobey; they have that instinct inside their minds and hearts. But when it comes to do the good thing we must try hard and to insist, because it is very difficult for them to learn that. So, after our first parents everyone was born spiritually dead; and that disease stretched to our mind, feelings and bodies. This is what Paul wrote to the Ephesians: “Eph. 2:1As for you, you weredead in yourtransgressions andsins,”
Unfortunately, we will need to deal with that for the rest of our lives in this side of Heaven. The apostle Paul, again, will help us to understand the struggle that we will face in our daily lives. “Rom. 7:22-25For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of mybody, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from thisbodyof death? Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
My friend, we are all sinners, without exception. But, God has a solution for our situation; we do not need to stay dead. Christ came to give us life. This is why Paul closes this text with an expression of gratitude. Death can only be overcome by God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ.
Have a blessed week,