32 How Paradise was Lost

Romans 5 v 12-14

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. (ESV)

We are all sinners by nature – totally depraved – evil to the core. It wasn’t that way in the beginning, when man enjoyed God’s presence in Paradise. But things changed due to our sin. Let’s join Paul

1. The Roots of Sin – the desire to be as gods – narcissism, hedonism and materialism.

2. The Reality of Sin – verse 12 says that ALL sinned. When Adam sinned, we all died spiritually.

3. The Results of Sin – Death (Genesis 5; James 1:14-15).

   a. Spiritual Death – default condition of every human.
   b. Physical Death – laying down of the body.
   c. Eternal Death – punishment forever in Hell.

4. The Remedy for Sin – receiving the free gift of salvation through Faith.