The Biology of Sin

Sin is alive
Sin is biological
If you leave sin alone, it will grow and destroy you
Important insight into how you grow as a Christian

The brutal reality is that sin is alive and well inside you.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Jesus saves you from your sin.  But, he saves you from the penalty of sin which means that you don’t have to go into eternal punishment.  But, the power of sin is still alive inside you.

Galatians 5:17  For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

Here in Galatians 5:17 it talks about how sin is alive and actually has “desires.”  That word “desires” in the original Greek is the word lust.  And so, we’re talking about an intense lust for very bad things that is stirring inside us.

And if it’s stirring, it’s growing!  And that’s really bad news, because things can only get worse as sin grows and begins to dominate.  And that can spin out in every direction and hurt a lot of people…and us too. 

This is sobering reminder that sin is more than a theological concept.  It’s more than an object of study.  But it’s alive and growing.  And so, this java is not about the theology of sin.  It’s about the biology of sin.  Biology is the study of living things.  Sin is biological!

Remember Cain

Remember Cain.  In Genesis 4, Cain was angry, because God did not accept his sacrifice.  And God was concerned about Cain’s growing anger and said to him in verses 6 and 7, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?  If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

God describes sin as “crouching.”  This word in the original Hebrew is used of a wild animal crouching as it gets ready to pounce on its prey.  So, picture a hungry lion with an intense craving…and crouching.  Now understand that sin is like that lion as it also has a carnivorous appetite for all things bad.

But God counseled Cain to “master” that growing sin inside him.  In other words, Cain had the potential to bring under control the sin that was growing inside him.  But he did not.  And someone close to him had to pay the price for Cain’s lack of control.

Consider today the power of sin and how it is alive and growing inside you.  And pray to God for insight and strength to master it.

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