In Adam, Sin Permeates Our Whole Being

To what extent has the poison of sin contaminated mankind? From our online event Made in the Image of God, Steven Lawson reveals the comprehensive effects of Adam’s sin on the human race.


I want to bring to your attention a verse that I find very interesting. It’s Genesis 5:1. After we read that God made man in His own image, which was Genesis 1:26, “Let Us make man in Our image,” notice Genesis 5:1. the text reads differently with the children that came from Adam. “This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.” Okay, we understand that. But now look at verse 3, after Adam has sinned. “When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son,” watch this, “in his own likeness, according,” watch this, “to his image and named him Seth.” We’ve gone from man being made in the image of God to, now, man being created in his own image. And it indicates there has been a radical change that has taken place within the human soul, a devastating change that has occurred within man after the sin of Adam. And it is that the sin of Adam has permeated the whole of his own being. And as he procreated and had a child, his sin nature—intellect, affections, and will, all marred by sin—has been passed down to the next generation. Let me give you an illustration. If you would, think of a glass of water. Just pure, clean water that has been filtered. It’s uncontaminated. And then you take an eyedropper and pull up a measure of cyanide—deadly, poisonous cyanide—and drop it into the glass of water. That cyanide would immediately permeate the whole of that glass of water. And that is what has happened to sin. It’s not compartmentalized into one area of a person’s psyche. But from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet, every inch and every ounce of their soul, the real person, who they are on the inside, has been poisoned by the fatal cyanide of sin.

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