3 - Sin Separates Us From God
The Problem Of Sin. God is God. God is Holy. God is King. Any breaking of His law results in His absolute revulsion in response to rejection of His will. Breaking God‘s will, to any degree, is called sin. (1 John 3:4) Sin produces three deaths that we must recognize.
Spiritual Death. ”Your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden his face from you.”, Isaiah 59:2, (Habakkuk 1:13). To be separated from God, the essence of spiritual life, is so dreadful it is referred to in the worst possible term, Spiritual Death (see Ephesians 2:5; Colossians 2:13;Romans 6:23). Because God is holy, any sin, regardless of its motivation, magnitude, or consequences, must result in separation from a holy God. It is as if our spirit has died.
Mortal Death. As a result of Adam and Eve‘s first sin in the Garden of Eden we will all die a mortal death (limited life span). Mortal death is a reminder of the seriousness of sin. Other consequences resulted also (see Genesis 3:14-24). While spiritual and mortal deaths are consequences suffered by each individual, nothing has been done that would deal with sin, that is, remove sin or restore man‘s spiritual relationship with a holy God.