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Daily Lie In The Earth (10 of 15)
Series: HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ABOUT HEAVEN?
I Peter 1:3-7
Adam and Eve lived in a perfect environment, and yet they sinned. It is true that Satan tempted them, but he too was originally a perfect being living in a perfect environment beholding God Himself.
Not only was there no sin in Heaven; there was no sin in the universe; yet Satan sinned. Hence, Heaven's perfection, it seems, doesn't guarantee there will be no future sin.
Some argue that being human demands free choice, and therefore we must have the capacity to choose evil in Heaven. If that is true, then we could experience another fall.
Clearly this is a question of great importance.
I. WILL WE BE CAPABLE OF SIN IN THE NEW EARTH?
A. Christ promises on the New Earth "There will be no more
death or mourning or crying or pain from the old order of
things. (Rev. 21:4)
Since the wages of sin is death, the promise of no more death is a promise of no more sin. Those who never die can never sin, since sinners always die. Sin causes mourning, crying and pain. If those will never occur again, then sin can never occur again. Since the "old order has passed away" (Rev. 21:4), all that goes with the old order will be no more. The sin that caused them will be no longer. We need not fear a second fall.
Scripture emphasizes that Christ died once to deal with sin and will never again need to die.
Hebrews 9:26-28 (CSV) – (26) "Otherwise, He would have had to suffer many times since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared one time, at the end of the ages, for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of Himself. (27) And just as it is appointed for people to die once--and after this, judgment -- (28) so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but [a] to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him."
Hebrews 10:10 (CSV) – "By this will, we have been s ...
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