The Deadliest Bite

From a human perspective, eating a piece of forbidden fruit doesn’t seem serious. From God’s perspective, however, it was deadly.

What is the world’s most venomous snake?

It’s the inland taipan in Australia. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica it “delivers a veritable witch’s brew of toxins”.

The result of its bite is nothing compared to what happened when Adam took a bite of the fruit.

“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”

Romans 5:12

Yesterday we saw how Adam’s action affected everybody—nobody escapes it. Today we take a closer look at how sin, any sin, brings death.

There is no such thing as a harmless or minor sin.

The Fall itself demonstrates this. From a human perspective, eating a piece of forbidden fruit doesn’t seem serious. From God’s perspective, however, it was deadly. And his perspective is the correct one.

Other Scripture emphasizes the deadliness of all sin. For example, James 2:10 states:

“whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

“Offend” means to stumble. It emphasizes that you don’t have to think about or plan on sinning before God punishes it.

Even when you don’t intend to sin, when you sin “accidently”, you are guilty.

Even if you stumble just one time! “Yet offend in one point”. God demands perfection. He rejects anybody who is flawed even in the slightest.

He doesn’t just reject them. He punishes them. He judges them as “guilty of all”. Picture God’s commandments being like a balloon. It only takes one pinprick to destroy it. Neither does it matter what size the pin is. So with his commandments. One sin, regardless of its size, makes us guilty of breaking all the commandments.

It all began with Adam. “As by one man sin entered into the world’. The Fall was the world’s worst catastrophe.

This is beyond sobering. But we must clearly see sin’s deadliness, so we also see the urgency of using the only antidote for it, namely, Jesus Christ. Talking about him, Romans says: “by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous” (Romans 5:19).

Just as the Fall is the world’s worst catastrophe, so Jesus is the world’s best solution.


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