23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We live in a world filled with death. All living things must die someday. Death is pervasive; death is inevitable. But we weren’t always meant to die. Like everything else, death began in the garden of Eden. Unlike everything else, death was not originally part of creation. Death came when Adam and Eve sinned against their Maker and trusted in a lie.

Once that happened, an irreparable cycle of death began. Yet in that moment, God gave a simple promise that a baby born of a woman would fix our newly born problem of death (Gen. 3:15). When Adam and Eve sinned, they created a sin problem. Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature, meaning everyone is guilty.

Sin introduced both physical and spiritual death. All things will physically die someday, but not all will spiritually die. Spiritual death means spending an eternity apart from God in hell because God is holy and cannot be with unrepentant sinners. The gospel begins with God’s holiness, which causes us to admit our own sinfulness and realize we have no standing before God. We must turn from our sin and trust in another to save us. Because Jesus is the Savior of the world, sin is not the end of the picture.

• How have you believed the lies of the devil and sinned against God? Is there anything you need to seek His forgiveness for?

• What does it mean to you that your sins are forgiven and forgotten?

• Confess your sin to God, knowing He is faithful and will forgive you.