I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me (Psalm 51:5).
We often imagine that the newborn baby is like an empty spiritual slate waiting to be written upon. The Bible reveals otherwise. From conception we are sinners and God’s condemnation rests upon our heads like a lead hat.
Jesus said, “He who believes in Him in not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).
Adam’s one sin was enough to destroy his fellowship with God, cast him from the Garden of Eden, and sentence him to the physical death he’d already experienced spiritually. We are not born innocent, but are already condemned by the sin of Adam, and we spend a lifetime adding layer upon layer of sinful thoughts and deeds to the already filled slate.
There is no magical age when a child becomes accountable as a sinner. No parent has to teach his newborn to sin. From the moment Johnny snatches the ball from his playmate and yells “Mine!” (covetousness) to when Suzy defiantly asserts “No!” (dishonoring her parents), our children are revealed for what they have been since conception: sinners.
Sinners, no matter their age, need a Saviour. Jesus is that Saviour.
As through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift of salvation came to all men, resulting in justification of life (Romans 5:18).