for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23 NKJV
What is Man's Problem?
Speaking of the hu
race, man's problem can be summed up in one word,
ou may say... "that sounds way too simple. It has to be much more than just our sins. Anyway, I haven't done anything really bad, my little sins don't make that much difference."
To more fully understand
problem of sin we have to consider at least four things:
#1 - What is sin?
#2 - The universality of sin. (We are all sinners)
#3 - How does God feel about sin?
#4 - The consequences of sin.
#1 - What is Sin?
Sin is "any want of conformity unto or transgression of the law of God" (1 John 3:4
), in the inward state and habit of the soul, as well as in the outward conduct
of the life, whether by omission or commission (
It is "not a mere violation of the law of our constitution, nor of the system of things, but an offence against a personal Lawgiver and Moral Governor who vindicates His law with penalties.
#2 - The Universality of Sin.
We are all sinners. Romans 3:23 states "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,".
In Romans 3:10-18 we are told...
"There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one".
an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit";
"The poison of asps
under their lips";
full of cursing and bitterness."
swift to shed blood;
Destruction and misery
in their ways;
And the way of peace they have not known."
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."
Take some time and think about God's commandments. Have you ever lied? If you have ever said anything that isn't true, that it is a lie. Have you ever hated someone? Jesus said that to hate someone is the same as murder in our hearts. (
1 John 3:15
) Have you ever looked at another person with desire to whom you aren't married? Jesus said that is the same as adultery.
Click on this link for a deeper study of God's Ten Commandments.
How have you done with God's rules for your life?
How is the world doing?
#3 - How does God feel about Sin?
God hates sin. Romans 6:23 states "For the wages of sin is death".
Jesus taught that
"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!"
Matthew 18:6-7 NKJV
#4 - The consequences of sin.
Because of sin, we are physically going to die. (
) We are already spiritually dead in our unrepentant sin. (
) We have no relationship with God and our relationships with our fellow man are broken. (
) We are insensitive to God's Word. (
1 John 1:10
) We are unrighteous before God's Law. (
1 Corinthians 6:9,10
) We are unable to do God's Will. (
) We are unfit for God's presence. (
We finish our years like a sigh. The days of our lives
seventy years; And if by reason of strength
eighty years, Yet their boast
only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knows the
power of Your anger? For as the fear of You,
Your wrath. So teach
to number our days, That we may
gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:9-12 NKJV
When Adam and Eve sinned, God drove them out of the Garden of Eden and placed a cherubim at the entrance to keep them from returning.
Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He
drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which
turned every way,
Genesis 3:23-24 NKJV
God is patient and does not want anyone to die in our sin.
The Lord is not slack concerning
promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,
willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 NKJV
However, there is a limit to His patience. There will be a day when His patience runs out.
Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
Colossians 3:6 NKJV
Until that day, God is storing up his wrath, much like a great dam. There are times when he releases some of his wrath to get our attention. And, sometimes we listen and other times we don't. For the most part, we as a whole world, do not listen to God.
There will be a day when God pours out his wrath on the earth!
Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the bowls
wrath of God on the earth."
Revelation 16:1 NKJV
Take some time to read Romans 1:18-32 below. Does this sound like our world today?
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who
suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God
For since the creation of the world His invisible
are clearly seen, being
understood by the things that are made,His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify
as God, nor were thankful, but became futile
in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Professing to be wise, they became fools,
and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man - and birds and
four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies
who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature
rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for
what is against nature.
Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust
for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their
error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in
nowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to
do those things which are not fitting;
being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,
covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness;
backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,
who, knowing the righteous judgment of
God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of
those who practice them.
If this doesn't sound like "Man's Problem" to you then you should read it again
and think about it carefully for a long time. Remember in eternity, we will have a very long time to think about it...
1. infinite time: time without beginning or end lost for all eternity
2. timelessness: the condition, quality, or fact of being without beginning or end
3. religion timelessness after death: a timeless state conceived as being experienced after death
In summary our problem is:
Our sin has separated us from God.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden
face from you, So that
He will not hear.
Isaiah 59:2 NKJV
Most don't give God the glory due Him and many don't even acknowledge God.
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify
as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in
their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Romans 1:21 NKJV
We are unable to earn our eternal salvation through good works, althought that is what most believe is the way it must be done.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves;
the gift of God, not of
works, lest anyone should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
Any good works we don't do unto the Lord are like filthy rags.
And all our righteousnesses
like filthy rags;
Isaiah 64:6 NKJV
The wrath of God is being stored up for "The Day of the Lord".
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but
the wrath of God abides on him."
John 3:36 NKJV
The great day of the Lord
near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter;
There the mighty men shall cry out. That day
a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of
devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, A day of
trumpet and alarm Against the fortified cities And against the high towers. "I will bring distress upon men,
And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the Lord; Their blood shall be
poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse." Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver
them In the day of the Lord's wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He
will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land.
Zephaniah 1:14-18 NKJV
We all need help!
So is our condition hopeless? Can we ever do enough "good" to "outweight the bad" of our sin nature?
For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap,
your iniquity is marked before Me," says the
Jeremiah 2:22 NKJV
The answer is no. We can not do enough good to offset just one "little" sin against a perfectly Holy God, let alone the multitude of sins we have committed over a lifetime. God doesn't grade on the curve, he demands perfect righteousness and we aren't perfectly righteous. (
Knowing this we must understand that we need something more that our own efforts to get right with God.
There is only one way to "Get Right with God"!
Click on the link below to learn how God has provided the only way to Get Right with God.
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