Eyes That See

“I Once Was Blind”

One Little Sin?

The demon, the servant of the father of lies, whispers in your ear, “it’sss just one little sssin.”  He knows that something is before you that is tempting you to seek fulfillment of a God-given desire in an ungodly way.  “You’ve done ssso many good thingsss that it will be okay if you do one bad thing,” he hisses.  He is a liar. 

Let us look at two examples where “one little sin” had anything but little consequences.  In light of these “little sins” with enormous consequences, may we see 1) what we deserve for “one little sin” and 2) that no sin is little.  Then, let us look at sin compared with righteousness, so that we may see that one sin is not equal to one act of righteousness.

The two sins that I have in mind are the sin for which Lucifer was cast out of heaven and the sin for which Adam was cast out of the garden of Eden.  The consequence of these two “little” sins is that evil is in this world.  Whenever evil occurs in this world, one answer to the question “why?” is because Lucifer and Adam sinned.  Because they sinned, there is evil in this world.  Because they sinned, tsunamis and floods and tornadoes take lives.  Because they sinned, there are wars.  Because they sinned, there is death.  Because they sinned, there is hell.  Because they sinned, we all sin and stand condemned before a perfect God and His perfect law.

In Jeremiah 2:12-13, God spoke through His prophet concerning His people Israel:

“Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

I think that this is the essence of all sin, and God’s reaction to each sin.  I imagine that this was God’s reaction when Satan sinned and was cast out of heaven (Isaiah 14:1-23 and Ezekiel 28:1-19).  I imagine that the Lord called for the heavens to be appalled, shocked, and desolate, for Lucifer had committed two evils.  He forsook God, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out broken, leaky cisterns for himself, when he sought to raise his throne “above the stars of God” (Isaiah 14:13).  I imagine that this was God’s reaction when Adam ate of the forbidden fruit.  I imagine that the Lord called for the heavens to be appalled, shocked, and desolate, for Adam and his helpmate had committed two evils.  They forsook God, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out broken, leaky cisterns for themselves, when they broke the one law that God had given them in pursuit of the desire to “be like God” (Genesis 3:5).

I imagine that this is also God’s reaction when you and I sin.  When we buy the lie, as Adam and Eve did, that it is just “one little sin.”  That “one little sin” really is anything but little.  It is forsaking God, the fountain of living waters, and hewing out cisterns for ourselves that cannot even hold water.  It is saying, “no thanks, God, I don’t need your way.  My way is better.”  Or worse, it is invoking the forgiveness made possible by the incarnation, person, work, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a license to sin. 

If one sin of Satan and one sin of Adam resulted in all the evil that has occurred since, why are we so foolish to think that God doesn’t mind when you and I commit “one little sin?”  That “one little sin” is enough to condemn our souls to hell for eternity, for that “one little sin” is rejecting the fountain of living waters in favor of broken, leaky cisterns. 

Atheists sometimes evoke the “Mother Theresa” argument, asking whether God would send Mother Theresa to hell if she didn’t believe in Jesus.  I would say yes to that question, without hesitation, because even Mother Theresa needs Jesus.  One thought, word, or deed against the living God is enough to condemn a soul to hell for eternity.  This is because the living God created us to know Him and enjoy Him, and because He is worthy of our praise in our every thought, word, and deed.  This explains why God sees sin as two evils.  Not only is sin putting our trust in something other than God, but it is also failing to trust and believe and praise the fountain of living waters, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God who raised Christ Jesus from the dead.

The reason that even Mother Theresa needs Jesus Christ is because of her sin.  No good deed, or mountain of good deeds, can fix the problem of our sin.  There are two reasons for this.  1) We cannot atone for our sins and 2) there is no good deed that could make up for the atrocity of fosaking the living God.  The blood and death of a spotless sacrifice are needed to atone for sins.  In the Old Testament, the faithful would sacrifice spotless animals to atone for their sins, while awaiting the coming of the Messiah who would atone for their sins for good.  That Messiah has come, and He atoned for the sins of whosoever believes in Him with His blood and His death on the cross.  Neither Mother Theresa, you, nor I can atone for sin.  Jesus Christ alone atoned for sin, and that is why we all need Jesus Christ.

Because of our sins, the atrocious forsaking of the living God for broken, leaky cisterns, we stand condemned before the perfect, living God and His perfect law.  We can neither atone for nor make up for our sins.  Only by believing in Jesus, repenting of our sins, and persevering in faith until the end, can we be freed from condemnation by being “in Christ Jesus.”  These thirteen glorious words free us from the guilt of our sins, and free us to have a relationship with God, that we may know and enjoy Him as we were created to do:

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” -Romans 8:1

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September 5, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Oh, What a Saviour Devine!

    Comment by Mom | September 5, 2008 | Reply


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