Did God create us unable to keep his law?
Last week, we learned that no one can keep the law of God perfectly ever since the fall of humanity occurred. We consistently break the law by our thoughts, our words, and our deeds.
This brings up the question, "Did God create us unable to keep his law?"
The answer is:
"No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God's law."
That's a mouthful. Let's break that down.
1) Because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen. Adam and Eve were not created with sin. If you recall from the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 1, God saw all that he had made3 and it was very good indeed. That included the creation of man and woman. Man was created in the image of God. God is without sin and detests sin altogether. Why would he create with sin when he detests sin? That is not in his nature. Adam and Eve, before they disobeyed God, were naked and felt no shame. They walked with God in the garden and regularly heard his voice. Sadly, they disobeyed the one command God laid out for them. They ate of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This did not just affect them but their entire seed; all of humanity. This included us.
Romans 5:12 says, "Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men becaused all sinned."
This one man was Adam. Now, all who are born into mankind inherit the same sin nature Adam possessed. We all, like Adam, are sinners and guilty before God's judgment seat. We are all born in sin and guilt.
2) We are corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God's law.
No matter how good you may say you are, you are unable to perfectly fulfill God's law. I as a pastor am unable to. If I was required to fulfill God's law perfectly in order to pastor this church, I would fall short and be gone very quickly. Many religions say that in order to go to heaven, your good deeds must outweigh your bad deeds. As long as you have done more good deeds than bad, you will be forgiven and allowed access to heaven. Hell is only for those who are truly evil.
We see from Scripture that is not true. Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We know from Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death. Despite how good or bad you may be, the penalty for sin committed is death. Notice that it is not the wages for sins is death, but the wages for sin is death. It is not a compare/contrast method to see who sinned best or least or worst or better. One sin was all it took for Adam and Eve to be banished from the garden where the tree of life stood. Sin infected their entire being and a pure sacrifice needed to be made to cover their sins. This ultimate sacrifice is found in our Savior Jesus Christ!
Jesus Christ perfectly fulfilled the Law, and unlike us, he was not born with the sin nature of Adam. He is the Second Adam, the true and better Adam! He came to save us destined for hell by dying on the cross and taking away our sin and guilt.
I encourage you church as you reflect and meditate on this question this week to confess your sin to the Lord who forgives us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Think through the week about your actions that may be sinful and give those to the Lord. Write out times when you used your words with sinful motive. Say your thoughts out loud to better recognize your need for grace from the Lord.
This song is a beautiful retelling of the gospel that speaks of Jesus' Christ work on our behalf. May the Lord bless you!