Although it is never articulated, Romans 5:12-14 speaks clearly of one word: consequences. The effect of Adam’s one sin in the garden was the condemnation under sin of all mankind. If Adam could have seen 7 billion people on the planet today and could have beheld the countless billions that preceded these 7 billion, do you think that he would have disobeyed God, knowing of the subsequent condemnation of all these billions of people? Of course not! He would look at all of mankind and would weigh the one action and the weight of the consequence of that action and would have dropped the apple.
However, it has been said that hind-sight is always 20/20. There is no doubt that knowing the effect might change Adam’s mind. The fact of the matter though, is that Adam was forewarned but neglected the warning in a spirit of disobedience or through a lack of faith in the words of God. Either way, the consequence was the same, even after God had warned him, he sinned. So God punished him (and all of his descendents-us) for that sin. Now open your eyes to your sin. It seems harmless. Maybe even as harmless as eating a fruit, but in the scope of things, your action may hold a powerhouse of consequence that you just can’t envision yet. Listen to and obey the call of God: “be ye holy as I am Holy.” The only consequence of holy, righteous living is joy in Christ and peace with God.
Food for Thought: Read Romans 5:12-14. What was the consequence of Adam’s sin the garden? List out some long term consequences for your sins.