Does Sin Have Consequences?
In His Presence: 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
“From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:17).
When Satan told Eve in the Garden of Eden that she would not die from eating the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, he emphasized his lie: “You surely will not die!” (Genesis 3:4). By telling her this, he was implying two things: God’s Word could not be trusted, and there would be no consequences to her disobedience to God. Satan’s fourth lie in this passage was that you can rebel against God and get away with it.
Sin is a violation of the law of God. Just like “No trespassing” signs say we are subject to prosecution if we violate the trespassing laws, God said to Adam and Eve and the rest of the world that when we have violated His law we will suffer the consequences. God’s law is a reflection of His character. He doesn’t make rules just to make rules. His guidelines and regulations reflect what He is like.
One of the chief definitions of sin is that which is contrary to the holiness of God. At the root of the word holy is the word separate. At the root of the word separate is the concept that God and sin cannot inhabit the same environment. He is wholly separate.
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Because of God’s purity and holiness, God never gets used to filth. We may get used to it, but according to His nature, God cannot.