Does God use sin?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Christ related
God created the universe, the earth and human beings for the purpose of an eternal kingdom of peace. This glorious, eternal kingdom would of course be impossible if any liars, murderers, thieves, adulterers, or other criminals lived in it, because they would put its citizens in jeopardy.
The preparation for this Kingdom began with the creation. Adam, the first man, and his wife were created in God’s image. They were the perfect examples of a citizens for God’s Kingdom. But they were not robots. They had a free will to decide if they wanted to love and obey God or listen to God’s adversary, the devil (Genesis 2:16-17 & 3:1-5).
Adam’s wife was the first to listen to the serpent/devil (Revelation 12:9, “that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray”). With that choice sin entered the world (sin is the word used for doing the opposite of what God commands. For example God commands that you shall not murder, steal or commit adultery. Sin is to murder, steal and commit adultery. These are the things that will make peace, harmony, happiness and joy impossible in God’s eternal Kingdom). All Adam’s offspring inherited the devil’s sinful nature and were no longer candidates for God’s Kingdom. All people of all time became sinners, not suitable to maintain peace, safety, or solid love relationships, but doomed to eternal hell. Through the history of the Old Testament God shows that man simply cannot live righteously. ‘All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23). There is no way that they can escape eternal punishment.
But God’s brilliant plan is that He loved sinful man so much that He took the punishment for sin and unrighteousness upon Himself. He sent His Son, Jesus, to be punished with death on mankind’s behalf. Anyone who accepts this is saved from the pool of fire (John 3:16). God expects each person to individually turn to Him, accept that Jesus Christ paid the death penalty for his/her sin and start his/her journey in God’s Kingdom. This choice is the same as choosing by one’s own volition to emigrate to another country and to subject oneself to the leader of that country (in this case the Leader is God). Living in sin (in one country), but longing for something better, we can escape and emigrate with the help of Jesus. For those who choose to remain in sin because they love it, God can only cry, since He knows the outcome of sin - eternal punishment in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matt 25:41). But sin has a function: to show us what the other evil kingdom of Satan is like (we see it in the news and on TV). Comparing the results of sin with God’s plan, we realize that there is no comparison. The latter is so much better.
God does not command men to sin, He warns them against it. But we sin, and for this He provided a Saviour. His salvation, call, mercy, and grace is for each and everyone on this planet. After accepting Christ, we do not live sinless lives, but with the help of the Holy Spirit and the Word, we learn how to live and conduct ourselves to fit into God’s Kingdom (to grow in salvation and holiness).
This process of sanctification (learning to submit to God’s ways) is necessary, as it tests our loyalty to God. God is very sensitive to rebellion (the devil opposed Him, and Jesus also had a traitor, Judas), so He makes very sure that only those who really love Him (obey Him), will be with Him partaking in His perfect Kingdom, since He can trust in, and rely on, their loyalty. God will always be the only King and Lord.