Sin Separates You From the Presence of God
Inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might. 2 Thessalonians 1.9
Sin has a relational affect. The results of sin are not all to be experienced in the future. You are, right now, reaping the result of sin in the world.
When Adam and Eve sinned, things changed. They not only were opened up to physical and spiritual death, but they were also kicked out of the garden. They could no longer be in the beautiful home that God had made for them. They could no longer be with God. The relationship of man and God is separated by a chasm known as sin. It doesn’t just make relationship with God difficult, it makes it impossible.
As we have seen, God is holy. This means that he is entirely separate from sin. As a sinner, this means that he is separate from you. You can do nothing to make yourself righteous. You can not become holy. As a matter of fact, each and every day we get further away from a clean slate on our own merit.
As we have also seen, you desire relationship with God. It is what you were created for. So that which you desire and need more than anything in the world is impossible for you to ever reach out and attain on your own. This would be reason for despair if God did not choose to intervene. This would be the worst possible news if it were not for the gospel.