September 5th, 2016
By The Sweat of His Brow
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (Genesis 3:17-19 KJV)
Sin always has definite and deadly consequences outside of a personal relationship with God.
Consequences are found to be painful rather than pleasant and palatable.
All sin carries a high price tag, often a higher cost than anticipated.
Adam’s choice to sin ushered in physical death for all mankind as a consequence for his sin.
Sin was atoned for in the Old Testament Law through offering a shed blood animal sacrifice.
Today the price of all sin: past, present, and future has been accounted for and paid in full by the shed blood of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament.
Jesus Christ paid the wages of all sin at Calvary, therefore, abolishing any need for continuing the shed blood sacrifices of animals as were commanded by the Old Testament law. His precious blood took away the sting of death from sin rather than just covering man’s sin. Jesus Christ’s blood removed the consequences of sin forever for whosoever places their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary.
Polluting the spiritual health condition of mankind’s heart with sin carried a great personal cost. Adam was originally created and placed in the perfection of the Garden of Eden by God as a “caretaker” of His lush garden paradise. However, when Adam chose to sin God cursed this ground. God closed off the entrance to the Garden of Eden placing angels to guard the entrance.
Not only was this garden closed but all land was cursed by God as sin caused a gulf between he and God. Life became much tougher as Adam was forced to work hard by the sweat of his brow to provide physical sustenance for himself and Eve to live on this earth.
All mankind faces hard work on this earth and physical death as a consequence of sin but can receive eternal life through the shed blood of the second Adam who is Jesus Christ.
Sin came between Adam and his fellowship with God. God purchased new eternal life through the finished work of His Son upon the cross for all mankind who place their faith in Him. This spiritual transaction results in man’s physical life returning to the ground as dust but existing spiritually alive forever with God for all eternity.