Leslie M. john

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”  (Romans 5:12)

While Jews thought of doing harm to Jesus after a fierce argument over His authority to forgive sins and heal the sick, He left the Temple, unharmed which proves that He was not only human in all respects but He was divine, as well.  After leaving the temple He saw a man born blind, and took compassion on him even before he asked for favor.  It seems there was a belief during the days of Jesus that spirits waited for body, and they that were born with deformities in their bodies were those who sinned when they were in spirit form. Those beliefs are heresies.

If spirits committed sin and took the form of body, every spirit, having committed sin would take similar deformity in his body-form. A child in the mother’s womb cannot commit sin and take a deformity in its body at birth; but everyone is sinner by virtue of being the offspring of Adam. It is within the knowledge of God as to the purpose and the kind of deformity a child is born with. Man is not supposed to make guess-work. God has revealed to man what is necessary for him to live a life of peace in Him, and He kept other things secret for Himself.

“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29)

The belief that spirits wait for bodies and occupy bodies is heresy, and it contradicts what the Bible says. God created man out of dust and sin entered into the world as a consequence of Eve and Adam transgressing the commandment of God. That sin from Adam was passed onto all mankind.  It is not because the spirits committed sin that they had the deformities in their bodies, but it is because the sin was passed on from Adam to everyone in the world that everyone has to be redeemed of one’s sin.  Thus by “one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and death passed upon all men”. Every individual, therefore, needs to be reconciled unto God.

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous” (Romans 5:19)

There is no one who is righteous and all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Everyone needs savior and without one’s sins are forgiven one will have his eternity in the ‘lake of fire’, but the gift of God is salvation and whosoever believes in Jesus shall have everlasting life.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6)

The disciples questioned Jesus as to who sinned in the case of the man who was born blind; was it his parents, or he himself? Jesus answered and said neither his parents sinned nor he sinned, but that the works of the Father should be manifest in him.  However, we are not supposed to make suppositions that every man born with deformity is made to be born in order to bring glory to the Father. 

Then, Jesus went on to say that He has to do the works of the Father, and after having said thus he healed the man born blind from his birth. 

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:8-10)