The Fall of Man

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Romans 5:12-14

It is an amazing statement that “…by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…”  One man, Adam, was responsible for all of the sin in the world today.  He is responsible for bringing sin and death on the human race.  All of the sin, wickedness, pain, sorrow and death we see all around us today came out of his sin in the Garden of Eden.

Adam chose to sin.  God gave him everything he needed and could ever have asked for to be successful.  God also gave him some very, very simple instructions on what he was supposed to do and what he was not supposed to do.  But Adam didn’t follow God’s simple instructions.  Adam rejected what God had said and plunged the entire human race into sin and misery.

We look back at this and we might be tempted to be angry with Adam at his sin.  But since Adam fell, we have all sinned on our own.  We would have responded the exact same way Adam did.  We would have fallen too.  And we know this because we have fallen.  We all have sinned.  We all have failed at one time or another.

Adam is representative of us.  He sinned.  We sin.  It is a terrible curse that must somehow be broken.  Fortunately, we can read on in this passage and find out that it has been broken by the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

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