Ordo Salutis II: The Weight of Sin
Before we can even try to understand what God has done in Salvation, we must first truly understand our condition as human beings born on this earth. I feel compelled to at least touch on this doctrine for I believe that many Christians sometimes either forget their natural state before God saved them or they simply don’t remember being that ‘bad’ of a person before being saved. It is not that we have to dwell on our depravity, our flesh, our sin nature but to ignore or forget about it would absolutely rob our heart of joy and worship before the Lord.
To see how this all started, we have to go back to the book of beginnings, Genesis.
In Genesis 1 & 2, God reveals to us how He intended and declared all of creation to be: good. But what is good, really? This is not simply ‘good/better/best’ as Christ pointed out to the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-30, although everyone would agree that a world without bad things happening such as death, murder or disease would be a better place. However, the word ‘good’ implies something richer and more meaningful. When God declares creation to be good, he declares it to be right-standing with Himself. Since all of creation, including Adam & Eve, declared good in his sight, there was no separation between God and man. Man, at this point, was simply created into a relationship with God. God’s intention is that man and women would then be born and by the very nature of being born, we would have been born into a perfect relationship with our parents, with all humans and with God. In creating Adam & Eve, our original parents, God gave all humans a heart that continually worships non-stop. Ecclesiastes 3:11 declares that God set eternity into our hearts so that we would always long to worship and that we would seek out that worship in an ever-filling, ever-loving, ever-glorious, everlasting God that would fill our bottomless hearts forever and ever.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
So what happened.
We all know the story of the disobedience of Adam and Eve: Eve was tempted by Satan into breaking the only commandment that God gave us while Adam watched and did nothing.
But let us have the Apostle Paul explain what our original parents did and because of that, what every human has been born into doing automatically:
Romans 1:19-25 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
We have all exchanged the truth:
All love comes from God
All good things come from God
God is our provision
God is all sufficient
the fullness of joy is in God alone
the path of eternal life is in God alone
true peace is in God
there is no one greater than God
… for a lie:
love can be fulfilled in created things
good things can come from created things
Created things can provide for me
Created things will sustain me
the fullness of joy comes from created things
the path of eternal life is in created things
peace can be found in what we do or in our situation
that God cannot be the greatest
Adam & Eve exchanged the truth of God and exchanged it for something not God. We have exchanged God’s plan for perfect peace and righteousness and exchanged it for our own peace and self-righteousness.
With that horrific exchange, our universe is now broken. Sin, death, disease, suffering, torment, pain, anguish and hurt were introduced into our world through just one man.
And because our God is right-standing, holy and blameless, there is a cataclysmic divide between God and man because of sin.
It is God cannot stand the sight of sin and doesn’t want to deal with it, it is the very nature of God that doesn’t allow for the presence of sin. In the eternal realm, this is very evident in the fall of Lucifer in Isaiah 14. For the very thought of wanting the glory that rightfully belongs to God alone, Lucifer was banished from heaven into hell.
It is by nature we are idol factories.
It is by nature we are children of God’s wrath. Ephesians 2:1-3
It is by nature and choice that we war against God and continuously blaspheme his holy name.
Every single person born of a man has fallen way short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Because of our sin nature, we cannot do good in the sight of God but we only have the ‘free will’ to continue to do sinful things. Romans 3:10-12
For our sin nature, it is quite just for our righteous, holy, and blameless God to rightfully condemn us and rightfully take our lives and we would not be in the right for us as creation to demand from the Creator, “Why!” Daniel 4:35, Jeremiah 18:1-23
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death…
For us being born, we are destined to die.
Is there any hope for our weight of sin? Who can be so powerful enough, yet able and willing enough to save me? The world cannot. It has failed and constantly fails within itself. People cannot because they’re infected with it as well. Inanimate objects? Are we even asking that question?
Then who can save me from this body of death? Christ Jesus is his name!