Sin which is disobedience to God has grave consequence.Adam and Eve sinned and God didn't hesitate to put into effect the law of retribution.This law is also known as the law of Nemesis or Karma in some quarters.Paul called it Sowing and Reaping Gal.6:7
Nemesis is simply a punishment that is deserved and cannot be avoided.Just like in the case of Adam and Eve of which we still experience the effects on our lives today.
God is a just God who doesn't violate His own laws.
"WHATEVER A MAN SHOWS HE WILL ALSO REAP"
Did God forgive Adam and Eve?
Yes, He certainly did.
"UNTO ADAM ALSO AND TO HIS WIFE DID THE LORD MAKE COATS OF SKINS,AND CLOTHED THEM" Gen.3:21
God had to shed the blood of an animal and use it's skin to cover their nakedness.This was a type of the blood of The Lamb of God that was to be killed for the remission of sin in the future.This is a type of redemption in display.
But did that forgiveness remove the consequence of their sin?
On the contrary,God drove them out of the garden.Gen.4:23-24
They had to pay for their sin.This is real nemesis.You can't eat your cake and have it.God truly forgives and that forgiveness removes the eternal consequence of sin which is eternity in the lake of fire. But on earth here, you can't escape it but the best that He can do is to grant you grace to endure or overcome its pain.
"...THERE WAS GIVEN TO ME A THORN IN THE FLESH,THE MESSENGER OF SATAN TO BUFFET ME,LEST I SHOULD BE EXALTED ABOVE MEASURE.FOR THIS THING I BESOUGHT THE LORD THRICE,THAT IT MIGHT DEPART FROM ME. AND HE SAID UNTO ME,MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE..." 2Cor.12:7-9
Apostle Paul had killed Christians in the past. He became born again and had both internal and external problems. He faced the consequences of his sins in various degrees.It's well known that he suffered more than any other apostle of his time.
"FOR I WILL SHEW HIM HOW GREAT THINGS HE MUST SUFFER FOR MY NAMES SAKE." Acts 9:16
Here was God telling Ananias about Paul.It's a law that can't be changed.You don't need to believe this but know fully well there is always a consequence for sin be it small or big.
Let's see practical example. As a lady you promised to marry a guy. He sponsored your education.When you now graduated you suddenly realized that he is a mechanic:also uneducated.You then broke his heart and married someone who is educated.
You've married for sometime and no issue. You are now born again.You think prayers alone will solve that problem.That is nemesis.
It may manifest also in you having a troubled home, constant marital breakdown, mistreatment etc. The same thing goes for men who were sponsored by ladies.
As great as Moses was,he made a grave mistake and God told him he wasn't going to enter the promised land.
Did God forgive him?
Yes, He did.
But did God allow him to enter the promised land despite his heavy prayers?
Read Num. 27:12-23, Debt. 32:48-52. His case was so serious that the devil came to claim his soul thinking it belonged to him before he was rebuked by God's angel. Jude 1:9
"YET MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL,WHEN CONTENDING WITH THE DEVIL HE DISPUTED ABOUT THE BODY OF MOSES,DURST NOT BRING RAILING ACCUSATION,BUT SAID,THE LORD REBUKE THEE"
This is a great lesson to those who take God for a joke or father christmas. He is no respecter of anyone. If God could deal with someone like Moses who had mighty encounters with Him,saw His back,spoke one on one with Him, what makes you think He will bend His laws for you?
Take another example,you have lived a rough life of immorality and abortion. You now find it hard to get married or you are barren.This is just nemesis. Though God can in His infinite mercy remove that punishment from your life depending on your relationship with Him.
"SEEST THOU HOW ARAB HUMBLEST HIMSELF BEFORE ME,I WILL NOT BRING THE EVIL IN HIS DAYS:BUT IN HIS SON'S DAY WILL I BRING THE EVIL UPON HIS HOUSE" 1King 21:29
Ahab was a very wicked king who deserved death and destruction but because he humbled himself when confronted he obtained mercy and shifted judgement to his son's reign.
This is an eye opener. Your kids can pay for the consequences of your sins. Examples abound in the Scripture. This is why we need to train our children in Christ and make them strong believers.
You might argue that grace has changed things.Grace ONLY MADE PEACE WITH GOD EASIER BUT THE PUNISHMENT HARDER.
Nemesis can't be avoided.
"FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH,AND SCOURGETH EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVETH" Hebrew 12:6 (Read 7-11 please)
I have been heavily disciplined by God for disobedience in time past. I will share some in PART 2
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