The Web of Sin (2)

We come by our ability to self-destruct honestly. Take Eve for example, set in the perfect setting, provided with everything one could possibly want, with nothing left to her but a choice (Genesis 2:17). “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof,” (Genesis 3:6). Thus, sin’s introduction was concisely described within a brief thought process at humanity’s beginning and finally articulated toward the end of Divine revelation by John: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16). The grip of sin has not subsided one iota since Adam and Eve’s departure from the Garden, and it has plagued us to the present time. Whereas “good understanding giveth favour: … the way of transgressors is hard” (Proverbs 13:15).

So, what can be done about this vile web of death we call sin? Is there anything we can do? The Divine response is a resounding “YES.” From the beginning, God predicted that sin would lose its hold through a “Seed.” And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). Sometimes called the Protoevangelium, this promise reveals a Divine plan to deal with sin that had its origins before time. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” (1 Peter 1:18-20). It is only fitting that we find our remedy for sin in a “kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).

There is no escaping the fact that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) but this is not the last word. If one is only willing to submit to the blood of Christ through obedience to a Gospel that washes away sin (Romans 6:1-6), he or she can be free from the ravages of sin. Besides, “What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death” (Romans 6:21)? The only way to unravel the tangled web we weave is by following the straight and narrow way (Matthew 7:13-14; John 14:6). And, until we make that commitment, the choking bands of sin will continue to constrict until there is not a breath of life left. Oh, the sorrow of standing before God, having had opportunity to submit or rededicate. Shall we choose, like Eve, to ignore God’s word to serve self and sin? Or, follow the Master?

Jeff Sweeten