Genesis 3:6, 9-13
6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat…
9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
WHY DID/DO YOU SIN?
Mankind has sinned and in need of Redemption from the curse of sin. To help man understand His pre-ordained redemption plan, God asked Adam three key questions.
The first question (vs. 9) establishes the first consequence of sin: Estrangement. Sin separates man from God and the first work of God’s redemption plan is to bridge that gap.
The second question (vs. 11a) reveals the second crucial consequence of sin: Confusion. In a sinful state, men elevate their thinking above God’s, trusting their own perspective and reasoning. The second work of God’s redemption plan is to replace mankind’s worldview with His Word.
The third question (vs. 11a) shows the true definition/nature of sin: Disobedience. The third work of God’s redemption plan is to define unequivocally that (any and all) sin is disobedience to God’s Word, which is perfectly expressed in the Bible, but also revealed in nature (Romans 1:18-20) “so that they are without excuse”.
Now we come to the fourth and final question (vs. 13) where God is asks (in paraphrase) “Why did/do you sin?” God wants us to evaluate, to understand why we sin, because knowledge will give us power over sin. In other words, if we know why we sin then we will know how to defeat sin. The Bible tells us:
Explicitly, we sin because our desires/wants combine with our will. Earlier in the chapter (Genesis 3:1-5) it is apparent that there is a separation between Eve’s will and her craving for the fruit. Even if the fruit looked good, God had said not to eat it. And so she did not eat it, since she had submitted her will to God’s command/authority, i.e., God’s Word. What the devil did was to give Eve and Adam, reasons (“Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” ~ Genesis 3:4b-5) to replace God’s command/authority with their will. Once this happened, the joining of man’s will to man’s desires/wants produced sin.
Therefore, the fourth work of God’s redemption plan is, by the ongoing work of the indwelling Holy Spirit, to prevent the joining of a man’s will to his desires. This is done by:
- Placing our will (back) into submission to God’s will/authority
- Transforming our desires.
The Bible expresses it this way:
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not [an act of the will] provision for the flesh [the source of our desires], to fulfill the lusts thereof [i.e., to sin]. ~Romans 13:14
Subjugating our will under God’s Word is our choice; a choice we must make daily.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ~James 4:7
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God… ~1 Peter 5:6a
Conversely, our human desires are changed by God through the working of the Holy Spirit and His word in us.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ~Psalm 119:11
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ~Romans 12:2
Therefore, now that we know why we sin, the question we must ask ourselves is “Do we want to overcome sin?” To be clear, it is a difficult battle to overcome sin in any believer’s life, as it was even for a stalwart like Paul (Romans 7). Our will rages against God’s authority and our desires demand fulfillment (especially those desires we have unwisely nurtured over the years). However, the key point is that it CAN be done (1 Corinthians 9:27). We CAN overcome sin by continually submitting our will to God’s authority, by studying, memorizing and frequently contemplating God’s Word, so that it can transform us by replacing our human desires with Godly desires. Then God’s will and God’s plan will consummate in us to produce righteousness to the Glory of God.
**This is the fourth and final installment in a series on the Origins of Redemption as given in Genesis 3**