By Kenneth Allan Clark © 2011
In the beginning there was no sin in the world. Sin entered into the world through the sin of one man, our forefather Adam, and through sin death was passed on to all men, for all man have sinned and come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23 & 5:12). Adam our forefather sinned in that he turned from living his life according to God’s will, and chose instead to live his life according to his own will. Now we all as children of Adam have inherited Adams sin nature, in that we are all born into this world with that fallen sin nature that desires to lives one’s life accord to one’s own will, and not according to God’s will. This is sin, and the penalty is death.
John 3:15 That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be delivered. 18 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Man is an eternal soul that never ceases to be; so what is death? Death is to be separated, physical death is to be separated from our physical body, and spiritual death is to be separated from God in this life. Then after judgement day comes the second death in which sinners will be eternally separated from God, of this death Jesus Christ says;
Matthew 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in the fires of Sheol (Hell).
This second death is the punishment for sin, and is what we in the Church call eternal damnation.
The good news is that there is losing and deliverance from sin for all who repent (turn away from pleasing themselves and turn towards pleasing God) and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Deliverer.
For more information on how to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Deliverer, please read our booklet 'the great commission.'