Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians
The Foundation of Jesus Christ
I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (John 8:38-45 AV)33. The devil is a source of sin. His contribution to sin includes lust, murder, and lies.
34. If a person has the sins of the devil, he cannot love Jesus, understand the message of Jesus or even hear the Word of Jesus.
And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. (Matthew 15:16-20 AV)35. Sin comes from a defiled person's heart. It is what comes from a person‘s heart, not what goes into a person’s mouth that creates sin.
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (James 1:13-15 AV)36. Sin comes from the lust of a person. Evil causes desire through allurement and deceit. A person lusts after that which is evil, and sins.
37. When a sin continues unabated, it will bring death to the defiled person.
38. The LORD GOD cannot be tempted with evil.
39. The LORD GOD never tempts any man with evil.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. (Romans 5:12-14 AV)40. Sin entered the world through Adam. Because of this first sin, death was passed upon all men.
41. Death was the result of sin for those even those who were unaware of what sin was. The law was given to Moses by the LORD GOD. After man received the law, they became accountable to the law, however, the men that were alive before the time of Moses received the same penalty of death for their sins, as the people of Moses afterwards. The wages of sin are death, for all men, irregardless of their awareness of a specific sin.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalms 51:5 AV)42. A fetus has sin even before the mother is aware of the baby's existence.
Sin comes from:
1. Satan (33,34)
4. Man's heart (35)
3. Lust (36-39)
4. Adam's transgression (40,41)
5. Beginning of life (42)
The sources of sin come from the works of Satan, mans corrupted
heart, lust, Adam's transgression, and the beginning of life. Sin comes
to all human beings as a result of the first sin of mankind through
Adam. If it would be possible for a newborn to never sin, that newborn
would still be a born into sin as a result of Adam's transgression. That is why
it is completely impossible for a person of this world to be sin free. A person is
born a sinner, and must die because he is a sinner.
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About the Authors
Kathy L. McFarland is a Becker Bible Studies Teacher and Author of Guided Bible Studies for Hungry Christians. She has received her Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies from Liberty University, and is currently seeking her Master of Divinity (Professional Ministries Track) degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary & Graduate School. Kathy is a noted expert on Old Testament exegesis, Christian apologetics, and Bible typology and mysteries.