“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The Fall from Grace
Adam and Eve’s fall from grace impacted all of mankind. Sin entered the world because of one man’s sin (Rom.5:19). Thus, we now live in a fallen world. The word fallen is used in the Bible to describe someone or something spiritually and morally depraved. Man is now subject to sin or depravity.
Amos 5:12 reveals Israel ‘s depravity which bears similarity to what we are witnessing on earth today, “For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.“ Those living in a fallen state suffer the degrading and deadly spiritual, moral, and social consequences of sinfulness. The Psalmist said, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Ps. 51:5).
Much of what we are witnessing, the breakdown of the family, violence, drug addiction, homelessness, sex trafficking, inequality, incivility, etc. is the impact of living in a fallen world. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things abeyond cure. Who can understand it?” Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
The impact on God’s creation has been devastating. Yet, God was not taken by surprise. Adam and Eve had been created as image-bearers of God. We no longer bear His image. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving. After the fall love, grace and mercy covered their nakedness.
To live in a fallen world means mankind struggles with sin on a daily basis. We experience heartache and pain. We witness natural disasters and staggering loss. Injustice, inhumanity, and untruths seem to hold power. Discord and trouble are commonplace as seen daily in the news and social media. None of this was God’s original plan for humanity. Mankind fell from God’s original position in the Garden of Eden. We now live in a fallen world, and all creation “groans” under the consequences of our sin (Romans 8:22).
The consequences of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, rejection, deviation, and transgression had far-reaching effects. No one would come into life with a pure heart and conscience. All would be, have been, and will be born with inherited sin and guilt.
There is hope!
“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” (Rom. 5:17).
God is perfectly loving, gracious, holy, righteous and just. His holiness, righteousness and justice demands that our sins be paid for. His love declared that punishment was served, our sins were paid for by the blood of Christ, when Jesus died in our stead on the cross.
All Scripture is taken from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.