There is a common knowledge among us humans, a common sense we will one day die, and when we connect that common understanding to the belief in God, we desire to distance ourselves from the story of Adam and his rebellion, and sin against God that led to human suffering.
“I had nothing to do with what Adam did, so why should I have to pay for his sin, and why do I have to accept Jesus in order to enter God’s coming kingdom?
These are two important questions, “I had nothing to do with the sin of Adam, I was not there, so why do I have to pay for his sin. And, why must I accept Jesus to enter God’s coming kingdom?”
Well, if we are asking this question to genuinely understand why we need to accept Jesus in order to enter God’s coming kingdom, and why we are held accountable for the sin of Adam. The simple answer to these questions are these:
- We belong to the human family of Adam, a sinner
- We need to accept Jesus because he is the only way to enter God’s coming kingdom
Now, because we belong to the human family of Adam we are known to be the children of Adam the sinner. And because Adam is a sinner his children are born sinners, we are our father’s children. And because we are our father’s children the penalty that falls to Adam has become something we inherit as members of the human family.
The penalty of God’s judgment was applied to the whole life of Adam, and as his children it falls on us to pay the debt left behind by our father.
For example, if you lived with our parents who over time had accumulated a great among of debt they needed to have paid before passing. If they were to have passed on, it would be left up to the children to pay the debt of their parents otherwise they would lose their inheritance.
Well, looking at the sin of Adam from this point of view, we can understand as members of the Adam family we ourselves are accountable for this debt of Adam’s.
Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death.” And because we are the children of Adam, we are called to account for the debt of Adam, and the requirement is for us to pay the debt with our lives. At some point in our lives, we will pay this debt, and the fear of paying this debt is the reality we will be cut off from our inheritance forever.
This is the commonality we share as humans and members of the Adam family, we love life, and no one desire to die. However, the reality we face in a common way is the fact we will one day die, and on that day we will cover our part of the debt of Adam.
Nonetheless, that hope we have inside; the will to live that we might hold on to our eternal inheritance is not far reaching because the end of Romans 6:23 has provided us that hope and possibility through the one we have need to accept if we are going to enter God’s eternal coming kingdom. “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our lord.”