This message from Dr. Stanley is the best explanation of the
original sin that I had to share:
The Priority of Obedience
The Creator gave two commands to Adam and Eve—first, to fill the earth and rule over it, and second,
not to eat from a certain tree in the Garden (Gen. 1:28; 2:17). Because they chose to disobey, their
relationship with God was broken, and they had to leave Eden. The first couple’s rebellion not only
impacted their own lives but also had far broader implications: all future generations have suffered.
In Romans 5:12-19, the apostle Paul explained the reason. Through the trespass of one man, Adam,
sin made its entrance into the world, and death resulted for all mankind. Because Adam was head
of the human race, his actions affected everyone born after him. His disobedience resulted in each of
us having a bent away from the Lord and a desire for self-rule.
By contrast, Jesus made conformity to the Lord’s will the priority of His life. He obeyed God in both
word and deed (John 8:28-29). Having lived a perfect life—one entirely without sin—He qualified to be
our Savior (2 Cor. 5:21). Through the death of one man, Christ Jesus, payment was made for the
transgressions of all mankind. God’s acceptance of the Son’s sacrifice brought us forgiveness
and freedom from sin’s power.
Adam’s disobedience brought judgment and death upon us, whereas Jesus’ obedience resulted
in new life for all who believe in Him (Rom. 6:4). Our Savior calls us to deny selfish desires, live
sacrificially, and follow Him (Matt. 16:24). A godly life will bring Jesus honor and influence others
For more biblical teaching and resources from Dr. Charles Stanley,
I have been away to visit my son all last week and this week I
worked subbing at the doc's office so have neglected my
posts on my blogs but will catch up today on all of them.
Thanks for stopping by and may God bless you this day and every day.
My Christian Heart to yours....