Genesis, chapter 3 describes the entrance of sin into the realm of humanity. Sin already existed because Satan sinned by choosing his own way rather than God’s way. Now the first humans, Adam and Eve were given the free choice.
The capability of doing wrong was a necessary alternative to Adam and Eve’s choosing to do right. There could be no true choice of good if that was the only option. For God to prohibit sin would also be to eliminate freedom.
The freedom of choice is one of the greatest gifts of God. We are allowed to choose whether we will follow God or ourselves….
When Adam and Eve chose to eat the fruit, they transgressed a divine marked boundary; an overstepping of the limits that God had set. Adam and Eve acted independently of God.
The essence of Adam and Eve’s sin consisted of the rejection of God’s word will and ways. An elevation of the will of man over the will of God. Adam and Eve’s sin changed their personal lives when they chose to disobey God’s command and to assert their will over God’s. Their sin changed the course of history and the entire human race.
You have been affected by their choice. Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.”
The result of one’s (Adam’s) trespasses was condemning for all men. Romans 5:18 says, “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.”
Today, you and I have a choice. Today you can choose to follow God or not. You and I have this thing called free will. It is not only a gift, but a responsibility.
What will you do with this gift and how will it impact your life and the life of others?