When Men & Women Fall into Sin


“Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.” (Proverbs 24:15-18)

There are many contrasts between believers and unbelievers in the Bible.  One of these is that God specifies a great difference between an unbeliever and a believer when each one falls into sin respectively.

When an unbeliever falls into sin, he keeps on falling and does not get up.  He does not have the ability to pick himself up, to have fellowship with God, or to pull himself out of his condition. (Ephesians 2:8-9)  He continues in his unrighteous actions because it is his nature to do so.

The believer’s sins are washed in the blood of the Lamb immediately upon receiving Christ as his Savior.  Christ’s righteousness is imputed to him at the moment of salvation.  He is cleansed of all sin when he has this personal relationship with God through Christ.  Fellowship with God is lost when a believer sins.   The believer is still a child of God and a member of God’s Family.   The believer acknowledges his sin before God by confessing he sinned to God, purposing to do the right action in the future, and God restores fellowship.    The believer is looking to Christ for restoration of the fellowship he has lost, is restored, and gets up and continues following the Lord.

The unbeliever has not faced the fact that he is a sinner and has no remedy applied to his lost condition and is headed to eternal damnation.  (Matthew 7:13-14)  It is natural for him to just keep on traveling in his sinful condition.  At death, he will lose opportunity to be reconciled to God.  Eventually the unsaved person will end up in the Lake of Fire with Satan, the Fallen Angels, and all others who have not come to God through Christ. (John 14:6)

The believer is trusting Christ for his eternal welfare and our Savior is interceding and seeking to bring us back into fellowship. (Hebrews 7:25)  God is gracious and wonderful to even desire fellowship.  We have a Savior, Who is able to keep us and provide for every need we have. (Philippians 1:6)

Knowing all of this, a man should want to come to God by receiving the Person and work of Christ for his eternal welfare.  Christ, our Savior, is able to deliver us to spend eternity with Him. (II Corinthians 5:6-8)

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