From the Genesis of my spiritual life, I was challenged and haunted by a question, why? we fall !
Romans Chapter 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” What does this mean, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God? Bible says, all have sinned that shows a biblical proportion of sinners. The first living being to sin and fall from God’s glory was not human being, it was ‘satan.’
In Isaiah chapter 14:12-15 says, “Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations! You said to yourself, “I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El. I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the most High!” But you were brought down to Sheol, to the remote slopes of the pit.”
The moment you feel rich in the Spirit, God knows you are fallen. Same happened with the angels. They failed to stay within the limits of authority God gave them. In Jude chapter 1:6 says, “And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgement.”
Same happened in the garden of Eden. The Adam’s family felt the need of being equal with God and self sufficient. Genesis chapter 3:4-7, “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “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.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and it’s fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. That same attitude that made satan and angels sinners was imparted to Adam’s family. And till today it prevails through the mankind. Why we fall? because we are already fallen. Word of God stands as witness and proclaims “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans chapter 7:14, “So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”
True freedom is not being like God but a life without sin with God. This is what exactly the life of Jesus Christ represents. Jesus Christ was without sin and blameless. In Philippians chapter 2: 5-11 says like this, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honour and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Same satan who imparted sin into the mankind tested and tried to impart sin into Jesus. First satan asked, If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread. But Jesus told Him “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” (Matthew Chapter 4:4) It shows He did not want to depend on His supernatural power or His authority for His needs. He just wanted to depend on God the Father. In Matthew Chapter 4: 5-7 says, Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’ ”Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’ ” Jesus Christ neither had an intention to test God our Father nor to exhibit his power to satan. Matthew Chapter 4:8-11 says, Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus. Jesus Christ had no interest in any kingdoms of the world and their glory. He was poor in the spirit.
Sin demands to be self sufficient not God sufficient. Sin wants us not to depend on God. Sin will make us test the Lord. Sin will mould us to seek worship. Sin will take us away from worshipping God in Spirit and Truth. In one word sin will never let you to be poor in the Spirit, so that you can be a part of Kingdom of God the Father.
Before I close let me remind you about Apostle Peter, Peter said to Jesus Christ, He will never deny Him. Jesus said he will deny Him three times. And the words of Jesus Christ became true. Peter realised a hardcore truth that he can’t follow or seek Jesus with his ability but to seek His grace every moment to stay on track. For those who are in Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation. Be like a newborn baby in the presence of God the Father, enjoying His unfailing Love. Seeking every moment of the grace of Jesus Christ and availing the help of the Holy Spirit. That is the only way to stay away from sin. May the good God help you.