Unbelief: the origin of the first sin
If we understand the origin of the first sin, then we can understand the origin of all sins, because the principle of all sin is the same (Genesis 3:1-6). Sin manifests itself in three principal forms: unbelief, independence and the natural life.
The first sin was not especially offensive in appearance. It was not obscene, pornographic, scandalous, or evil at first glance. Adam and Eve merely disobeyed the instructions of the Lord and ate the wrong fruit, nothing else.
The first sin gave birth to all others, because the principle in operation governs all other sins, even though they may start in different ways. Let us see how this happened.
My purpose for this post is to examine the principle of unbelief. Regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil God told Adam and Eve: “For in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17). Eve chose to believe what the devil said instead of believing what God had said. The devil contradicted God saying: “You will not surely die”. (Genesis 3:4).
The world says: “You can never change; there is no deliverance for you; you were born this way, you are going to die this way; even if you become a Christian you will not change, you will always be the same” – that is what the world and the devil says. God however says that you are a new creature and if you believe, you will manifest newness of life.
Therefore, we have two affirmations before us: God’s affirmation and the devil’s affirmation. Which one are you going to believe? That is the root of the matter “Who am I going to believe?” Every person has to make this choice because sin began when Adam and Eve chose to believe in the devil rather than trust God.
Many times homosexuals say things like, “It is impossible for me to stop being what I am,” But that is what the devil says. God however says that if you believe, you will become a new person – a new creation. The world says, ‘you can never change; there is no hope for you; you were born this way and you will die this way; you can even become a Christian, but you will still remain what you have always been.” – That is what the world and the devil say.
However, God says that if you believe, you will become a new creation. It is a question of being and not just doing. You are a new creature. We should always give people the same option, because that is where sin started: when Adam and Eve chose to trust in the devil rather than trust in God. The Bible exhorts us: “Let God be true, and every man a liar” (Romans 3:4). God cannot lie; He is completely faithful to what He says.
Three manifestations of sin against God
Pride (rebelliousness) – This type of sin attacks the authority and the throne of God. Satan said “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:14). From God’s point of view, this is the most serious type of sin, because it directly attacks the throne of His authority.
Disobedience – A disobedient person lies, steals, commits fornication and disobeys God’s commands. Disobedience attacks God’s holiness. God is holy; He will not tolerate uncleanness, impurity and iniquity.
Unbelief – Unbelief attacks God’s character. The unbeliever is actually accusing God of being a liar. God says, “You were enriched in everything by Him” (1 Corinthians 1:5), but the unbeliever says, “I am poor”. God says, “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:17), the unbeliever says, “I’m afraid of dying of cancer”. God says, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions” (Luke 10:19), the unbeliever says, “I don’t have the gift of casting out demons; that is only for pastors”. There are many subtle ways to say that God is a liar. Many times, we are very clever in our unbelief.
In order to present what the Bible teaches about life in the Spirit with more clarity, I have divided this subject into three simple principles, which I will deal with in the next few posts. These principles explain three ways how Christians can successfully live in the Spirit: by walking by faith, walking by the cross and walking in the supernatural.