By Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods” (Psalms 24:1-2). “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good (Genesis 1:31).
God, who makes no mistakes and cannot lie, got things right “In The Beginning …But What Happened?” What happened was something we call SIN! Well, you might say, what’s sin? I’d simply like to respond to that question in this manner. The Holy Bible says in 1st John 5:17, that “All unrighteousness is sin.” If it’s not the right thing to think, to say, or to do, then it’s sin. If it’s not acceptable or pleasing in the sight of Almighty God, then it’s sin. If it doesn’t bring God glory, honour, and pleasure, then don’t even think about it because it is sin (1st Corinthians 10:31).
Now I know that’s a mighty tall order for some of us to accept, it always has been, and it will continue to be until Jesus comes back. Perhaps most especially so for young folk today, in that practically almost everything seems to be centered on or around the idea or concept, that if it makes you feel good, then you do it. Not so with God! The Bible says even the very thought of foolishness is sin, yeah, I know that’s tight, but it’s also right!
“In The Beginning God …But What Happened?” Eve and Adam, our fore-parents, messed it up “big-time” with God for all of us when they disobeyed his holy commandment in the Garden of Eden. Disobedience is a terrible thing, a terrible sin in fact. Especially when one disobeys the Sovereign and Holy God of this entire universe. Now since that time, many, many years ago, we’ve had some rather outstanding individuals born down through the years who have done some great, mighty and marvelous things during their lifetimes. Made many significant contributions to society. I mean people of various walks of life and of all colors; red, yellow, white, brown and Black, but they were all born in sin and shaped in iniquity, imperfect beings as it were, lost sinners unless or until they got born-again.
When we draw our last breathe here on earth and our physical bodies return to the dust of the ground from whence they came, our souls and spirits will go back to the same God who created us in the very beginning. “In The Beginning God … But What Happened?” Once again, sin happened, destroying the fellowship we had with our Heavenly Father God and separating each of us from him dooming us to a devil’s hell forever. Sin, when it has conceived, bringeth forth death. And had it not been for a sinless and perfect man named Jesus, we would all be eternally lost … separated from God. You see, Adam broke the fellowship between God and man, but Jesus paid our sin-debt reconciling all mankind back to God through his own death, burial, resurrection, and atoning blood.
Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound! God’s grace will always be greater than sin, Calvary has proven it time and time again. A man named Jesus. “Living he loved me … Dying he saved me …Buried he took my sins far away … Rising he justified me forever … And someday he’s coming back to carry me away; away to my heavenly home yonder in the sky!”
Elder Gerald DeForest Tyler is an ordained minister with years of senior pastoral experience.