GBL-9 - Man’s Sin And God’s Forgiveness
From the Garden of Eden to the present hour, sin has been the one thing that has plagued mankind. We learn from Romans 3:23 (“All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God’) that no human has ever escaped the entanglement of sin. Ezekiel commented on the sad results of sin in Ezekiel 18:4 when he wrote, “The soul who sins shall surely die.” The saddest thing about sin is that it separates us from a holy and loving God. Isaiah wrote, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Is. 59:1-2). Paul spoke of the sad results of sin in Romans 6:23 when he said, “The wages of sin is death.” Solomon, who knew sin quite well, commented on its results on all people in Ecclesiastes 7:20, “For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.” Sin is the perennial problem that has plagued mankind from the Garden of Eden until this present time.