Every clan has many elders, and all the elders have a clan leader. But there is only one God; one King of Kings and Lords of Lords. God is the only true King and we are all His servants. We should all listen to God and live as brothers and sisters here on earth; we should love each other and forgive each other; we should care for each other and as Jesus said “do good to those who do evil to you.”

Adam was the first man ever created. This is what the Word of God says:“When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land. Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.” – Genesis chapter 2.

Adam was the first man and therefore we could say that he is the leader of all the tribes and clans in the world. All of the more than 6 billion people here on the earth are descendants from Adam and therefore he is our tribal leader.

But Adam had a problem, a major problem. Adam disobeyed God. God spoke to Adam and Eve in the garden and by His Word God told Adam and Eve “The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” – Genesis chapter 2.

Adam ate from the forbidden fruit and sin entered the world. Sin entered into the soul and nature of mankind. Sin entered Eve, sin entered Adam, and sin was born into every human being that was born to Adam and Eve – every single human being ever born is born with the same sinful nature that our forefathers Adam and Eve had.

Our forefather Adam is the leader of the tribe of sinners

Adam and Eve were sinners therefore all us of who are born into their tribe are sinners. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” – Romans 3:23

“All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.” – Isaiah 53:6

Since we have all sinned we are all sinners, and that makes sense because our forefather Adam was a sinner so naturally we are all born sinners.

But Jesus appeared on earth to break the power of sin

“Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.” – 1 Corinthians 15:22

“So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life. But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back.”

Jesus appeared on earth to free us from the sin that we were born with: many people do not even understand what sin is or where it comes from or what it does.

Sin is anything that we do against God’s law and sin is unbelief. If we do not believe in God that is a sin; if we break any of God’s laws or commandments that is a sin. It is also a sin if you know what you should have done but you did not do it. Some people are very sure that they have never sinned in their lives. But are they God? Because God is the only one who has never sinned. So since we are not God then certainly we have sinned.

This is what the Holy Book says about sin: “Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.

For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law.

So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.”

There are many things that make us sinners; there are many sins that we commit. And we are not God so we know that we have sinned because only God is perfect? Are you saying that you have not sinned? Then you are saying you are God. Be careful what you say.

Jesus gives us a new nature

We were all born once as descendants of Adam. Through Adam we inherited or were born with a sinful nature. That is why we sin. Sin is a power within us that makes us do things that we know we shouldn’t do; but we do them anyway.

“So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” – Romans 7

We must be born again

Isa – Jesus – says: “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”

Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” – John chapter 3

We are all born once from Adam and we did not have a choice regarding that; but we do have a choice whether or not we want to be born again by Spirit. We didn’t have a choice whether or not we wanted to be born sinners; we were all born sinners. And God is offering us the opportunity to be freed from our sinful natures and serve God through the power of the Holy Spirit. This happens by us being born again.

You must be born again.

Paul was born again

There was man whose name was Saul and he was very angry against Christians. He used to hunt them down and have them thrown into prison and had some of them killed. He thought that all Christians should die and that it was his duty and God given job kill them. Saul thought he was doing God a favour by persecuting and killing Christians.

Then one day: “As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”

“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.

And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” – Acts chapter 9

Saul realized that he was sinning against God because it is a sin to kill someone because of what they believe. We are not to judge people or condemn people; that is God’s job. We are not to take our God’s judgment on people; that is God’s job.

Saul became a Christian, he believed in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour and was baptized. Saul then devoted the rest of his life to telling other people of the Good News about Jesus Christ. Saul travelled many miles and preached in many countries and started many church. God was with Saul and God’s Spirit worked powerfully through him.

Saul used to murder people; now he prayed for them. Saul used to persecuted Christians; now he was telling people about Jesus and wanting to make Christians. Saul used to steal and take away the property and money of Christians; now Saul worked hard and gave money to the poor. Saul used to want to condemn and put Christians in prison; now he wanted to tell everyone that their sins could be forgiven in they put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved

“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

This message of Jesus Christ dying on the cross to save us from your sins is not a message that everyone wants to hear. But to some like me, and maybe to you, it is a message of hope that says you can be saved from your sins; you can have a new life in Christ; your sins can be forgiven and you can have eternal life through Jesus Christ.

We were all born into the tribe of Adam, into the tribe of sinners. But we become a part of the tribe of Jesus if we confess our sins to Jesus and ask Him to forgive us our sins. We can have our sins forgiven and be a part of this new tribe and have a new life and live forever eternally.

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