The Fall • Devotion #1: Sin and the Cure
Holly Boston | Women’s Ministry Director
Whenever someone says to me, “I have good news, and I have bad news,” I always ask for the bad news first. I want to get it out of the way. So, here is the bad news:
“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). Sin entered the world through one man (with the help of one misguided wife). Adam enjoyed perfect fellowship with God, had a perfect job, worked for the perfect Boss, and was married to the perfect (only) woman. The one thing God denied him was fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:17). In one weak moment, Adam succumbed to temptation and “he ate of it” (Genesis 3:6). One man, one temptation, and one choice led to one sentence for all mankind, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Romans 6:23 adds, “For the wages of sin is death.”
However, there is Good News. Romans 5:15 says, “But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.” The Sovereign God of the universe loved us so much He devised one plan, one way to save the world from eternal damnation. In 1 John 4:9 we read, “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his Only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.”
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus laid His life down on the cross so we can live forever in Heaven with our gracious Father. He paid our penalty so that we can live. The most amazing part is that He accepts us just the way we are, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). I thank God always that my salvation has nothing to do with my ability. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
One God, one Son, one way leads each of us to one decision, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). One decision leads to one prayer, “Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). The one who believes and prays with a sincere heart will ultimately make one commitment, “By the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).
Incredible: One fall, one gracious God, one perfect plan, one obedient Son, and one changed heart equals one new life! That is Agape (perfect love)!