The wise pastor responded. “Yes . . . at sinning.”
If there is one thing that humans are very good at it is sinning. Over and over, you and every other human you know sin (Romans 3:23 and 5:12). Not only is it part of our nature through Adam (Romans 5:12, 15, 17 and 19) but it is also a choice we make.
Sin is described in the Bible as being “all unrighteousness . . .” (1 John 5:17). And when we consider James words, “therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17), we find that the box we have put sin in is a like putting a whale into a priority envelope. We still haven’t reached the ends of the extensive arms of sin.
Sin isn’t only just not doing good and being unrighteous but it is also being immoral. Since God is moral (2 Chronicles 28:19) and He is perfect, righteous and just God we must be immoral since we know the sinners ways are not like God’s ways (Job 21:24, Psalms 51:13 and Ecclesiastes 11:9). Not only does God never sin but He is the direct opposite (morality) of sin (immorality).
The importance of grasping the distinct moral actions of God and the distinct immoral actions of man is based in the account of Satan’s fall. Ezekiel 28:13-19 marks the very life of Satan before and after he accepted to disobey. We read that “thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” It is interesting how the account of Satan’s fall is very similar in the account of man’s.
We read that Satan and Adam and Eve had the following similarities:
Was in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:8, Ezekiel 28:13)
Made perfect from creation (Genesis 2:25, Ezekiel 28:15)
Sinned and was sent out of Eden (Genesis 3:6 and 23-24, Ezekiel 28:16)
Death (hell) is ultimate punishment (Romans 6:33, Isaiah 14:15)
The reason we find these similarities is because of the likeness of Satan’s sin and Adam’s. A fool will tempt others by his same folly.
Satan was ultimately deceived by temptation of power (Isaiah 14:13-14). This temptation eventually became a lust for power (Ezekiel 28:17). This lust for power eventually became a sin because Satan tried to act on it (Revelation 12:7). And this sin brings death to Satan (Revelation 20:10). Every human on earth follows those same three principles of sin (James 1:14-15).
First, man is tempted (Genesis 3:1-5)
Secondly, man lusts for what he is tempted after (Genesis 3:6a)
Thirdly, man sins (Genesis 3:6b)
Lastly, the effects (death, turmoil, suffering, etc.) of sin settle in (Genesis 3:7-19 and 24)
In this order, all sin occurs (James 1:14-15).