The Sin-Crushing King and Our Destined-to-Die Conqueror

Kevin DeYoung | September 11, 2015

Sin is another name for that hideous rebellion, that God-defiance, that wretched opposition to the Creator that crouches at the door of every fallen human heart. Sin is both a condition, inherited from Adam (Rom. 5:12–21), and an action—manifesting itself in thought, word, and deed—that when full-grown gives birth to death (Jas. 1:15). In simplest terms, sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). It means we have broken God’s commands and have fallen short of his glory (Rom. 3:23). But sin goes deeper than merely missing the mark. Sin is idolatry (Col. 3:5; 1 John 5:21). It is worshiping false gods, whether these deities are overt and physical or more subtle and internal. Sin can also be considered adultery, a spiritual whoring after other lovers and other sources of satisfaction and meaning (Ezek. 16:15–42). Sin is pollution (Jas. 1:27). Sin is pervasive (Rom. 3:9–20). And sin is the problem in the universe. The redemptive story of the Bible does not make sense without it.

Sin Infiltrates the Garden 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth—the land, the sky, the sea; the birds, the fish, the animals; the sun, the moon, the stars; a man and a woman. He created all…

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