Is a newborn child born a sinner or is that child’s flesh born under the penalty of sin? While engaged in a friendly conversation the subject of “innocence” arose. An event happened that inspired a comment similar to “I hope it didn’t happen to innocent people.” I asked the person to elaborate on the term innocent. The answer started with what was not innocent; bombers, murderers, militant extremists, and terrorists. I asked if there are any who are truly innocent. The response was a newborn baby, they are innocent.
Innocent they may be but they are still born with the sin of Adam. This did not extend the conversation. In fact it ended the conversation rather abruptly with “That is why I am no longer…”
I pondered upon this for a while, as I am fond to do after conversations. I did admit that was one of my biggest humps to cross on the road to salvation. But the more I thought of it, I have never really crossed that hump, but bypassed it. I threw it in with many other questions and thoughts that fall under the “I just believe” category.
For me to receive the gift of grace through Jesus Christ several things had to take place. First, I needed to believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I had to believe He is and that He died and rose again for me to receive grace. Second, but not necessarily in that order, I had to believe in grace and I needed to receive that grace. These key points tie in to the fact that I am a sinner and that I need Jesus to reign in my life. By all this coming together I was able to receive the gift of my salvation, praise God.
Now where in this list of logical steps did I come to understand grace and the relationship to Jesus Christ? I learned it through the Gospel of the New Testament. I had learned of it through attending a Bible study group and by reading along during the study. By this method I received the information my brain needed to process in order to get out of the way of my soul reaching to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gave me the conviction, but I needed the information to be convicted of or about.
The kicker is if I were to accept and believe this portion I must be able to believe it fully in my heart. I believed and received. However, we do not get to pick and choose what we want to believe or don’t. Salvation is kind of a package deal with God. It is the Holy Word. The information gleaned which allowed my soul to be saved came from a portion of the Bible. I had to come to a big decision prior to the steps of salvation. I had to come to peace with the fact that I may not understand nor necessarily agree (albeit from lack of understanding) with the entire Bible. But, I had to believe all of it or none of it. My heart and soul agreed completely that it is true, despite of my limited mind. I am saved, so I must have chosen to believe it all…even that I was born under the penalty of sin without choice.
As I’ve read, studied, and meditated upon His Word I have learned and come to understand many things that I did not then. Here I am almost 4 years later. It took a short conversation for me to finally come to an understanding about man being born with sin.
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all 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 those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from on offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover, the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom 5:12-21
Men are born with sin for sin is in flesh through Adam’s first sin. It is the flesh of man that bares the sin and therefore the consequence of death. Born in flesh places us under the curse of sin. A child’s heart is pure and so is the mind, it has not yet learned nor is capable of sinning but is yet a sinner through Adam. I have learned that a child that perishes before the age (not a numerical age) is not condemned to the fires of Hell for not accepting Christ as Savior. God’s grace is sufficient, for a child is innocent prior to the knowledge of good and evil.
Through my studies I have become convinced that “from the mouths of babes and nursing infants praise is perfected.” because they are innocent.
The child is innocent of being a sinner (one who commits sin), but born of flesh and therefore the physical flesh of a child is condemned as that cursed with the Adamic sin. The Adamic sin and the committed sins are both only forgiven through grace under the Blood of Jesus.
Brother, this is a perfect example of "I may not understand it, but God said it, I believe it, and that settles it." When we walk before Him in humility, confessing that we do not know everything, yet trusting Him with all our hearts, He is so faithful to be just what His Word says He is, our TEACHER. He opens our understanding in His perfect timing. And until He does, He's so gracious to give us a portion of faith to believe Him, regardless of how much our mortal minds can conceive. What a wondrous God we serve!
WOW!!!Powerful anointed article with great Godly insight and Understanding to God's Teaching in His Holy Written Revealed Word!
Thanks for sharing!
With Christian Love to You&Your Wife,
In Christ Jesus,
"Numbers 6:24,25,26""Psalm 91"
Christian, I think you have summed it up beautifully. There is so much that is hard for the mortal mind to understand, and God understands that. To reject God because of our weakness is a tragic mistake. Because of our weakness we should accept Him and lean on Him more. Thanks for sharing. Thomas