In a previous post I talked about the reality of sin. Everyone is a sinner. The next question would be, “So what?” This verse explains why that is a problem.
Sin leads to death, both physical and spiritual. Before sin became a reality in the disobedience of Adam and Eve, the world was sinless. Part of that was the lack of death. It would seem that people were designed to live forever. I am guessing that at that time they were vegetarians because after flood Noah was specifically told to eat meat.
(Genesis 9:3 KJV) Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.Adam Clarke suggests that one reason animals were now allowed for food was that the nature of plant nutrition had been reduced by the flood. An interesting thought. Perhaps in the new Earth we will go back to being vegetarians. There is mention of the lion and the lamb lying down together.
Sin causes death. Jesus brings life.
That is the point of the second part of this verse. There is a problem: sin. There is a solution: Jesus. And the solution is given as a gift from God.
homo unius libri