Scripture Reading: â€œBehold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.â€ (Psalm 51:5)
As we pointed out in a previous devotion (Day 5), David is not saying here that he was born illegitimately, but that he was born a sinner. David recognized that sin is a birthmark that all men are born with. The only exception was the sinless Son of God who was born of a virgin without any of the sin-tainted blood of Adam coursing through His veins. This explains the Scriptureâ€™s clear teaching that the blood shed by Christ on the cross of Calvary for the sin of the world was the incorruptible blood of God (1 Peter 1:18-19; Acts 20:28).
Apart from Christ, all men are sinners by birth, by nature, and by choice. We are born with a natural proclivity to sin, which is clearly manifested in our lives at the age of accountability; that is, when we come to the point in our lives when we know to do good, but deliberately choose to sin instead (James 4:17). It is then and there, that we become accountable to God for our sin, imperil our immortal soul, and find ourself in desperate need of a Savior.
The doctrine of Original Sin has been called the first principle of our faith. If you get this wrong, youâ€™ll get everything wrong. All spiritual deception can be traced back to the denial of this first fundamental. If man is innately good apart from God, then, he doesnâ€™t need God. On the other hand, if man is innately sinful, then, good is impossible apart from Godâ€”who alone is good (Mark 10:18)â€”and man desperately needs God to come to any good end.Â
â€œThe doctrine of original sin is the only philosophy empirically validated by thirty-five centuries of recorded human historyâ€Â (Anonymous)