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Sin is at the Door!

by David Kyle 10/30/2014

Sin is at the door! WHAT DO YOU DO?!?!The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” ~Genesis 4:6,7

Sin is not (merely) an action or a choice. Sin is a state of being, or a condition that defines what it means to be human. If that idea is a struggle for you or if you're not willing to accept we are all sinful by nature, think of it like this.

Why do people get angry or happy? Because human beings are emotional by nature. Anger and happiness are ways in which that emotional nature is expressed. Sin is as much a part of who we are and what it is to be human as emotions, thought, hunger, expression, and so on.

The idea of sin being a part of our makeup is what the reformers labeled total depravity.

The result of the fall is total depravity or corruption. By this is meant that every part of man is rendered corrupt. The Canons say that man "became involved in blindness of mind, horrible darkness, vanity, perverseness of judgment; became wicked, rebellious, obdurate in heart and will and impure in his affection." There was no part of his nature that was not affected by sin.
The word "total" must not be taken in the absolute sense as though man is completely depraved. Man is not as bad as he can be. Article 4, which we hope to consider more fully later in this series, speaks of "glimmerings of natural light which remain in man since the fall." God does restrain the working of sin in the life of man on earth.
And sinful man still has a sense of right and wrong. His corruption is total in the sense that there is no part of his being that is pure and holy; and the good he does is done for God and for His glory. ~Canons of Dordt, especially Canons III & IV, Article 4

This quote clearly points out the difference between total depravity and absolute depravity. The doctrine of total depravity teaches man is depraved in every part of his being, but there still remains, in every part, a trace of good as a bearer of God's image.

- Sin is Near -

The truth that sin is a part of our makeup and nature has been rejected by the majority over the centuries, but Scripture speaks very clearly about it.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. ~Genesis 6:5

for there is no one who does not sin ~2 Chronicles 6:36b

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. ~Psalm 14:1-3

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. ~Ecclesiastes 7:20

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned ~Romans 5:12

These are only a few of the passages that speak to all of humanity's sin corrupted nature. Remember the picture of sin God painted for Cain?

And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” ~Genesis 4:7

From God's perspective sin  was crouching at the door indicating the nearness of it to Cain. Sin has taken up residence at the very entrance of our dwelling place (bodies). If we are to wage war victoriously against sin we must not fool ourselves into thinking it is not as close to us as it really is. Paul said it like this in the book of Romans:

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. ~Romans 7:18-20

And then this...

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. ~Romans 7:21-23

My next post will be aimed at exposing the power of sin as we continue to consider our most dangerous enemy

Please take some time and leave a comment or question, I would really appreciate your input.

 

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About David Kyle

David & Kim Kyle

I was saved by Jesus Christ on May 27th, 1994 at the age of 33.

I am husband to my loving wife Kim, father to 9 children and grandfather to 7.

I worship at Lakeside Fellowship in Polk City, Iowa where I serve as a deacon.

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