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Romans 5:12     Romans 7:18-20

In the beginning, God created humans as perfect creatures, but when Adam and Eve chose to disobey the Lord, sin entered the picture, and it brought selfishness and evil tendencies along with it. But the most devastating aspect of sin is its end result.
 

 

1 John 3:4    Romans 6:23

Sin is breaking God's law, which brings the outcome of sin: death (James 1:14-15). God warned Adam and Eve that they would die if they chose to sin (Genesis 2:15-17)
 

 

Romans 3:23     Psalm 51:5     Isaiah 64:6

We are all born into Adam's physical family -- the family line that leads to death. Sin has been passed down to us from our first parents, meaning that we inherit sinful desires that develop into actions. As humans, we've all sinned and this is something we need to acknowledge and admit. Don't try to cover it up like Adam and Eve did!
 

 

Isaiah 59:1-2

God is holy, which means He cannot ignore or tolerate sin as if it didn't matter. Sin cuts people off from the Lord, forming a wall of that separates Him from the people that He loves so dearly. God does not turn away from us, but it is our sins that cause the separation. The Lord wants us to live forever with Him, but we can't live in His holy presence unless our sin is removed.
 

 

Matthew 1:21     Colossians 1:12-14     John 1:9

The name Jesus means "The Lord Saves". Jesus came to deliver us because God knew that we were powerless to save ourselves from sin and it's terrible consequences; only Christ's death could bring forgiveness. No matter how good we may think we are, we simply cannot eliminate the sinful nature present within, nor can we "make up" for the sins of our past. Only Jesus can do that. Christ didn't come to help people save themselves; He came to be their Savior, both form the power and the penalty of sin.
 

 

John 14:6     1 John 5:11-12     John 15:4-5

Jesus is our only hope! Without Him, we will remain separated from heaven. Only through Jesus can we be allowed to stand before the throne of God, cleansed and purified, redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb which covers our trespasses, allowing us to be re-united with our Creator. Many folks try to be good people and do what is right, but only through an abiding relationship with Jesus can we be saved and empowered to live in a way that is truly pleasing to God, for now and all of eternity.
 

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