You might be wondering what everything you read yesterday, about Adam and Eve, has to do with you? You are Adam and Eve’s relatives and we have all inherited from them a sinful nature, which means that we all do bad things – even a baby does not need to be taught how to be bad!
Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. (Romans 5.18-19)
– Why are we sinners?
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil – the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved). (Ephesians 2.1-5)
– How does God describe people before they become a Christian?
We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind. (Isaiah 64v6)
– How does God describe even the good things that we do?
Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear. (Luke 12.4-5)
– Why should we be afraid of God?
He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with eternal destruction, forever separated from the Lord and from his glorious power. (2 Thessalonians 1.8-9)
– What happens to people who don’t follow Jesus?
God is very loving but He is also very Holy and can’t just ignore the bad things we do. Everything that is done against Him, and His ways, is bad in His eyes. Everything that is not perfect is sinful and has to be punished!
- Ask Jesus to help you to realise that you do, say and think bad things and deserve to be punished by God
- Ask Jesus to help you to trust that when He died, He died for you – so that you could escape the punishment you deserve
- Ask Jesus to help you to believe that He is alive today and wants you to chose to follow Him and be His close friend
- Ask God to help you understand that He is holy and hates sin
- Ask God to help you realise that you can never earn His forgiveness by trying to be good
- Thank God that He loves us so much that He gives us what we don’t deserve!