Have you ever been locked out of something? Maybe it was your car, or your house, or another place. Wherever it was, it was frustrating and maybe even fearful. Locks are made to separate us from something else. They hold us back, keeping us away from what we need. A Master Lock called sin keeps us from experiencing something of great value.
Genesis 1-2 is the account of the beginning of the world. God created an earth of perfect pleasure, protection, and provision. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were given a perfect place and a perfect life. God gave them a single rule: they were not to eat from a particular tree, or they would die.
But then in Genesis 3, the first humans sinned. Sin means “to miss the mark,” and that’s just what Adam and Eve did. Genesis 3:1 says that a serpent asked Eve, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
The serpent used deception. He mixed God’s truth with a lie. After Eve replies by saying that they would die if they ate the fruit, the serpent said, “You won’t die! God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” “God is holding out on you. He’s keeping you locked away from pleasure, more power, a stronger position, and possessions! You’re missing out on something!”
Eve was convinced. She ate from the tree, and so did Adam. They had been deceived, and because of that, the enemy was let in on the human race. Romans 3:23 says that this has happened to all of us. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” We’ve all missed the mark, and have all been separated from God.
So how do we master the master lock of sin? Romans 6:23—“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Jesus never sinned; He never once missed the mark. When He died, He took our place. By repenting and placing our faith in Him, we master sin and spend eternity with Him in heaven.
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