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
for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.
Can we just then blame Adam?
Romans 5 tells us that sin came into the world through the initial sin of Adam and Eve. Like pollution, sin has spread to all men. So can we just blame Adam for our sin? No. It is true that Adam’s sin brought severe consequences that impacted the Human race for all time. But sin is a rebellion against the law of God, and we are all responsible for our own rebellion. We all prefer creation to God and we all prefer our own wants and needs to God – this is the essence of sin.
Romans 5:13 tells us that sin is not counted where there is no law – this means that sin is somehow directly connected to transgressing God’s law. Where there is no law, there is no sin, where there is a law, then sin is our resistance to this law. Our preferring our own ambition to the Law of God. This is the nature of sin, and this is what Jesus died to pay the price for.
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