The core of the problem.
Why was the sinfulness such an insurmountable problem for the humankind? God created the Man in His image. However, the humankind sinned in the first man Adam. The Man became unrighteous and lost the image of God. The humankind should have died forever when it sinned in the garden of Eden. However, God had the plan of salvation in place before He created the first man Adam. “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight…” Ephesians 1:4, NIV. God, in His “forbearance,” delayed the punishment for sin until, in the fullness of time, the selection would become a reality in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
Also, the sinful humankind lost the right to eternal life, because sin separates the sinner from God, the only source of life. No one could inherit eternity without having eternal life. God determined to remove sin from the humankind and give it a gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Because sin in the garden of Eden was a deliberate intelligent decision, humanity lost the ability to make a correct decision and choice. Even the best possible obedience to God’s commands could not be good enough to remove the sin and justify the sinner. “Therefore, no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” Romans 3:20, NIV.
Under the law’s supervision, the sinners could do good works, but could not do the righteous works. It was so because the law and the sacrificial system could not clear the conscience of the sinners. “This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.” Hebrews 9:9, NIV.
How did we become righteous? Read the next blog.