by Jerry Vines

The Difference between Religion and Salvation
Jerry Vines
Genesis 4:1-8

If Genesis 3 deals with the root of sin and it does, then Genesis 4 deals with the fruit of sin. Adam and Eve could never have imagined all of the consequences and all of the fruits of their-r disobedience to the revealed will of God. I the experience of their two sons, Cain and Abel, I believe we have a graphic picture of the difference between religion and salvation. There is a difference between religion and salvation. Sometimes, in a larger sense of the word, we refer to the Christian faith as the Christian religion. Actually when you really get right down to the definition of the words, there is a vast difference between religion and salvation. Religion is what man does for himself. Salvation is what God does for him. Religion is man reaching up to God. Salvation is God reaching down to man. Everyone has religion. Not everybody has salvation. Religion will take you to hell. Salvation will take you to heaven. So, it's very important for you to find out if you have religion or if you really have salvation--the salvation that will take you to heaven. I want us to move through this chapter and as we do I want you to notice the difference between religion and salvation as it is illustrated in the lives of these two boys, Cain and Abel.

Number one, I want you to look at the sons. In verse one it says Adam knew Eve, his wife--when you see that terminology in the Old Testament it means he had sexual relations with her. That's the Old Testament way of describing sexual relations. Adam knew his wife, Eve, she conceived and she bare Cain. There are several things about these two boys which we immediately know are similar. We know that there is a similarity in nature between these two sons. Both of them, as we know, are the result of the fall of Adam and Eve. In Romans 5:12, the Bible says: Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon ...

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