Basics of our beliefs series.  Sin started in heaven with Lucifer challenging God.  Sin started on earth with Satan (Lucifer) tempting the woman via the snake.  Both the woman and Adam ate the forbidden fruit and their eyes were opened.  Before they knew only good.  Now they know both good and evil.

  • Before the creation of man and women the angels were created.

  • Apparently there are differences in characteristics of angels.  Lucifer was good looking and wise.

  • We don't know how pride entered into him.  However, it is his downfall; "I will be like the Most High".  Isaiah 14:14

  • The result of sin entering the word was several judgments.

    • Judgment on the Serpent

    • Judgment on Satan

    • Judgment on the women

    • Judgment on Adam

    • Judgment on humans

    • Judgment on creation

  • Sin is the transgression of the law of God.  God's standard is perfection.

  • Sin is a failure to conform to the standard of God - you miss the mark.

  • The sinful nature causes sinful things to come into our mind.

  • Sin come primarily in 3 areas; "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life."  I John 2:16
    "None of this is from the Father but is of the world."

  • Because of sin man can't be totally righteous.

Coming next week:  II Corinthians 5:18

Thanks be to God for providing a way of reconciliation to himself through Jesus.