While every person born has entered a sinful world, no one is born into sin or as a sinner. Everyone becomes a sinner in exactly the same way- by committing or walking (living in) sin, cf. Ephesians 2:1-3. But, since everyone except Jesus Christ has committed or walked in sin, how we become sinners is not really as important as how we get out of sin. Thus, how we break free from the reign of Satan and sin over our lives is of paramount importance. As always, God’s word does not leave us without the necessary information and assistance….
The apostle Paul wrote regarding the revelation (i.e. the gospel), “…when you read you can understand…” Ephesians 3:4. Could it be that so many don’t understand the gospel’s message of salvation because they don’t read it? See if this simplified version helps....
Several years ago, I met a preacher friend, who shall remain nameless for reasons that will become obvious momentarily, for lunch at a Chinese restaurant that had a really good buffet. After looking at my own overly mounded plate, and then his how-in-the-world-did-you-stack that-much-food-on-one plate, I remarked, “From the looks of these plates, I’d guess neither of us will be preaching on gluttony this evening!” To which he calmly and matter-of-factly replied, “Let me tell you about gluttony: It’s only mentioned three times in the New Testament, and twice it was a false accusation about the Lord.” He paused for just a second or two to allow the coming epiphany to matriculate through my brain a bit before putting the jewel in this remarkable crown of exegesis, “Brother, that’s just not enough to preach on!” We both enjoyed a good laugh out of the exchange, and I accused him of being a little too “ready” with that answer- implying that he had been previously accused. Then we completely devoured our meals like a couple of hogs at the trough, knowing full well that the statement wasn’t exactly true….
We can live life without these principle truths, but we cannot live it pleasing to God without them. (After downloading the PowerPoint file, be sure to select "Presentation" mode to view it fully.)