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Understanding Condemnation – Part 1

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In the United States, you are innocent until proven guilty. In God’s system, you are guilty and condemned until proven innocent.

God placed Adam and Eve in a beautiful garden. He blessed them with everything they needed. He only had one law. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:16-17) This law gave them freedom—freedom to choose.

The law was clear. Don’t eat of this tree. If you do, you will condemned to the death penalty.  As we know, Adam and Eve did eat of the tree and were condemned to death. That same condemnation pronouncement of guilt was ours as well. “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)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

He that believeth on him [Jesus] is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18)

So we arrive on this earth condemned already. We are guilty of something we didn’t even do. God has sentenced us to death. We will perish if we do nothing. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

To understand condemnation is important. We will continue to look at it in more depth.