Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Who You Rolling With Adam or Christ

Who You Rolling With Adam or Christ

Bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33)

As a young Christian I remember in the early days some of my friends saying things like; It doesn't matter if you do certain things. God will understand. These things were always wrong and against Gods word. They would say it’s ok to have sex outside of marriage, it's ok to continue smoking or it's only swearing God won't kill you for it. They were right God may not strike you dead but he sees and knows all, He is omnipresent (Hebrews 4:13). One small act of disobedience is a sin no matter how small it may seem and it is still wrong (1 John 3:4). Any of those little things could have major lifelong consequences. God will not kill you for sinning but you will be killing yourself (James 1: 14-15). One wrong decision can lead to physical death, a prison sentence, an unwanted child, a lost career and wasted future. Adam disobeyed and ate the forbidden fruit, it was one little thing but that little thing brought man into sin and condemned Adam to spiritual death and woman to lifelong birth pain (Genesis 3:16 & 17). Wow just for eating an apple!!

Does any of this sound familiar? Well I was often tempted to follow the pack who was some of my closest friends but even at that early stage of my walk just like a small child, I knew I would have been disobedient and rebellious because God had placed His Word in me, I was aware of what sin was. So the question is would God understand? The answer is yes. What would He understand? Just like with Adam he would understand that he had given me clear instructions to protect me but I chose to be disobedient. That He had given me salvation but I walked away from it. That I’d chosen to live in bondage rather than be free.

We all have friends and people that we hang around with. Sometimes we need to look at the implications of these relationships. What compromises do we make to maintain them? What small things do we do as a result of those friendships or associations that have big long term implications?

In the beginning God created man...the male and placed him in the Garden of Eden, where he would never experience lack and gave him dominion over the earth. All he had to do was obey one commandment; do not eat from the tree of knowledge (Genesis 3:3).  Eating from that tree would be committing a sin and would lead to “death”.  Eve was not aware of the consequence of eating from the forbidden fruit and so gave into temptation.  Eve was taken out of Adam after he was given the word.  She was tempted and submitted to temptation because she did not know the Word of God. The word had not become real in the life of Eve.  Adam knew the Word but still gave access to sin which brought condemnation to the world. Men have sinned and paid the price for sin ever since. Have you heard the Word of God but still give in to temptation? Do you claim to know God but by your actions deny him (Titus 1:16) Maybe you have not heard the word or satan has hidden it from you.

Sin started with the devil’s temptation and was handed down to man through Adam.  Adam allowed the serpent (the devil) to tempt him through Eve.  Adam thought he could get away with a little sin but one little sin leads to another little sin and another one until your whole life becomes corrupted with sin.  We have all tried to get away with one little sin at some time or the other but ultimately we never do get away with it because we then have to sin a little again to cover up the original little sin.  Adam knew what he did was wrong but instead of owning it and seeking forgiveness, he blamed Eve.  One little act of disobedience leads to another.

Through Adam’s act of disobedience sin became part of mans DNA but just as Adam sinned and gave us an inherent sinful nature, Jesus remained sinless and died for our forgiveness and salvation (1 Peter 3:18-22).  We were given death through Adam but God gave us life through Christ (Romans 5:12-21). Adam transgressed and rebelled and thought that there would be no consequences. There is no sin too little for consequences but there is no sin too big that God cannot forgive.  God’s Grace is sufficient to deal with the depth of our sins (2 Corinthians 12:9). He can and will forgive all our sins (2 Corinthians 2:10). The mercy of Christ can wipe out the punishment we have to pay for our sins but we have to seek Him and submit onto His will. Adam sinned and gave us a spirit of disobedience but Christ died to free us from that spirit. Through Christ we can overcome the nature of sin.

When we know and follow Gods word we avoid these situations and the implications that follow. If we turn from our sinful ways God promises to forgive us but we may still have to face some natural consequences

So who you rolling with?
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