Are we sinners because we sin, or do we sin because we are sinners?

The ultimate consequence of sin is death. All are born in a state were they will die. Death is the progeny of Adam. As a result of Adam's headship the entire human race labors under the consequence of death. But come the judgment we will not stand condemned because of Adam's sin or because of Adam's guilt as though the descendants of Adam taste the sour grapes of their father. Rather, we will be judged by our own actions. As the apostle wrote, "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (2 Cor. 5:10). We sin because the progeny of Adam is to reject the grace God provides to overcome temptation. In our rejection we personally become sinners and in Adam we all are sinners suffering the consequences of sin and death.

For this reason the Father sent the Son: to destroy sin and death.

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