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How could Cain rule over sin? (Genesis 4:7)

7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Despite the universal innate sinfulness of the human race since the fall of Adam and Eve, individuals are still confronted every day with specific situations in which they can choose to either do what is right or do what is wrong. Doing the right thing does not save them, but doing the wrong thing is to allow sin to extend its control over them. Thus, doing the right thing is to master or rule over sin (although it still does not cleanse them entirely of sin -- only faith in Christ's atonement can do that).

God was telling Cain to learn from his experience, and to "do well" by showing the same understanding of the necessity of a blood atonement for sin that Abel had displayed by offering a sacrificial lamb to God. Had Cain displayed such understanding, he could have ruled over sin by humbly using Abel as a positive example, rather than pridefully directing his thoughts and actions toward "getting even" with Abel by killing him.

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