Sin Equals Death and Righteousness Equals Life

Sin equals death and righteousness equals life. There is nothing one can do to undo this fact because sin is a legal issue and the requirement for the legal demand is death. It is not proper for one to think that he or she can pray his or her sin(s) away by praying and confessing the sins. Once one has committed sin, the response to it is death, and it doesn’t matter if one confesses of pray for forgiveness or not. 

The only way to get rid of sin out of someone’s life is by believing in Christ who paid for its price. In the Old Testament no sin was forgiven, all were covered hence the renewal of sacrifice yearly, this implies that no one received total forgiveness of sin until Christ came and died. 

Righteousness is received in believing and anchoring one’s faith on the finished work of Christ through His death, burial and resurrection, (Romans 5:21, 2 Corinthians 5:21). 
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Now let’s continue to talk some more about sin. And so, what is sin? I define sin as the act of disobeying an instruction no matter how simple the instruction is. Sin is going astray from a stipulated or a given instruction or rules whether written or not. The act of sin is revealed in the knowledge of the instruction, which means that if the instruction is not there, there is no sin. Sin as a matter of fact is encapsulated in the instruction or law, the law becomes the bases by which sin can manifest or be revealed (Romans 5:13, 7:7, 9). 

In the beginning (Genesis era) though there are some kind of rules initiated by God to the people, but for the fact that there is no conditional relationship between the people and God, the disobedience to the rules by the people does not affect their relationship with God. In it we saw God trusting in the ability of man to carry out His will not minding man’s weakness (Genesis 18:17 – 19). So the relationship was God centered not man centered and as a result God ensures the success of it. 

Regardless of their disobedience to the instruction(s) their relationship with God continued and God didn’t reject them or turned His back on them. God continued to work with them and in divers manner revealing Himself to them for better understanding of who He is. They believed God in the simplicity of their hearts and it was accounted to them for righteousness. The instructions given at this particular time, was not to establish an act for worshipping God but for the good of the people. So there is no if condition attached to the instructions given to them, because the instructions were given to make them understand the purpose of God for them at that particular time. 

The peculiar thing about them is that they believed God and in everything allowing God to have His way and to dictates the pace of the relationship. They didn’t bring anything on the table in order to demand some rights in the relationship; they allowed God to be the pioneer and also to pilot the relationship. They never rely on their effort to achieve anything but continue to believe God’s promises over their life and certainly such promises became realities (Romans 4:19 – 22). 

So in the beginning, sin exists but its existence didn’t affect the relationship between man and God but affected or delayed some of the benefits man could have received from the relationship. Some benefits were not denied but delayed as a result of man’s response which depicts impatience and lack of proper understanding of the instruction(s). 

Does that mean that God condones sin? No He does not! The truth of the matter is that the solution to erase sin is in the hand of God (Genesis 3:21, 4:15), that is what the Old Testament people could not align with. And since in the law, sin is revealed does that make the law sinful? No, the law is spiritual (Romans 7:14) but it came to men who are carnal and as a result couldn’t handle spiritual things with their carnal minds. 

Their act of handling spiritual things with their carnal minds manifested into sins and they couldn’t help themselves as sin became the order of the day in their life. They should have relied on God who has the solution of sin instead of opting to handle sin themselves that would have exonerated them from the consequences of sin (Romans 7:24 – 25). 

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It is interesting to know that many of the sacrifices made to God by the people in the beginning, are not sacrifices for sin but sacrifices offered as an act of worship to God (Genesis 4:3 – 4, 22:9). And in some cases where sin comes in, God Himself carries out the sacrifice for the sin on behalf of the people or put a mark of pardon and their relationship continues (Gen 3:21, 4:15). So sin was present in the beginning, but was not a determining force in dictating the how in the relationship between man and God should be, so the major factor here is the act of believe. 

 The question is this, is one ready to believe that there is God, and that He does exist? Once this is done God is ready to work or relate with that individual. In the process of the relationship God will be unfolding His nature to that particular individual one at a time, the more the intimacy or relationship continues the more the individual is learning more about God and His ways, mistakes in between notwithstanding (Genesis 18:17 – 19, Isa 41:8). 

Their consistency in believing God gives room for greater insight and knowledge about God and such pave way for them to work with God virtually unconditionally. They didn’t see God as someone who is pestering and coercing them to do things with Him. They never at any point in time told God that they are tired of hearing from Him and indicating their rejection of Him. And as a matter of fact, they never had a rough edge or face off in their relationship with God, God’s mercy and grace always played to their favour and at the end their relationship with God yielded the needed result, the difficulties in between notwithstanding. 

God continued to boldly mention their names and declaring that He is their God, irrespective of the mistakes they made in the relationship because they were consistent in their believing never at any time rejected God (Exodus 3:6, Ezekiel 14:14). And no wonder the children of Israel never ceased to refer Him as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, because they never allowed Him to be their God. 

The Old Testament actually began in Exodus (Jeremiah 31:31-32), in this covenant which is also known as the Law sin a prominent feature. And it was so because the covenant revealed what sin is (Romans 7:7) and the purpose was to prove that man is such a weak vessel that cannot make himself perfect without God (Romans 3:19 – 20). However, is very important to note that the Law didn’t come because God hated man and as a matter of fact, desired that he should be kept under bondage.

It was the acts of man that indicated their unbelief in the ability of God and in God that prompted the arrival of the Law (Exodus 16:3, 17:2 -3). God saw a group of people who could not incline on Him but murmur and wail against Him even in the midst of great and unprecedented manifestation of signs and wonders. 
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It is interesting to know that the Law also didn’t come to them unaware, the LORD sought for their consent and they wholeheartedly agreed that whatever the LORD said they will do (Exodus 19:3 – 8). In this process, God wanted a situation that He will be appearing to them and communicating to them directly in a way that His presence will become a common phenomenon to them but they willingly rejected this kind gesture from God. So they decided to choose Moses to be the mediator between them and God (Galatians 3:19). What an opportunity they wasted! 

That was an extension of hand of grace from God to them, what a moment for them that they could be hearing God speaking to them often as He has intended. Their rejection of hearing from God directly and being in His presence makes them outsiders in God and as a result they couldn’t learn the ways of God but His acts (Psalms 103:7). This perpetuated a big relationship gap between them and God and no wonder the weakness in their flesh could not be ameliorated.

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