SIN DEFINED

SIN DEFINED

The topic of sin is not a popular one today. Many view the concept of sin as archaic and demeaning — something that needs to be cast aside in light of current ” modern thought”. Christians however know that there are some things taught in God’s word which will never become outdated. Sin is one such topic that is as relevant today as two thousand years ago. In this section we will supply a biblical definition of sin describing and explaining it’s different aspects.SIN IS LAWLESSNESSWhen trying to define sin two or three simple passages in scripture are very helpful in providing the information needed. In the following verse sin is described as lawlessness. Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.We have mentioned that God has given His commandments and laws to man to govern the way man lives. These laws are for the good of all and are meant to preserve the gift of life which God has given. When man obeys God’s law there is liberty and freedom to enjoy the gift of life with others without fear of future problems. The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.So we see that the laws of God are perfect and are given to bless man. When we break God’s law we have committed sin and are acting in a way that will be detrimental to our own good and that of our neighbor.SIN IS UNRIGHTEOUSNESSAnother verse found in the book of 1 John gives more helpful information regarding a definition of sin. Here sin is described as unrighteousness. All unrighteousness is sinRighteousness is a word used to describe the state of being in conformity with God’s laws and requirements. Consider the description of Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth found in the gospel of Luke: In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. {6} And they were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.These two godly people were described as being righteous in the site of God as they were observing His commandments and requirements. Furthermore in many places in scripture righteousness is contrasted with lawlessness. The obvious inference is that those who are living in consistent patterns of disobedience to God’s laws are considered to be unrighteous and those acts which are contrary to God’s law are considered to be unrighteous acts. Consider these scriptures: Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, {10} nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?It becomes clear then that unrighteousness is the same as lawlessness both of which describe the concept of sin. An informative verse related to these concepts is found in the book of Hebrews. The writer of this book points out the Jesus God’s Son was exalted to a position above all others because he hated lawlessness and loved righteousness. Again the contrast serves to define the nature of unrighteousness as lawlessness. But of the Son He says, “THY THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM. {9} “THOU HAST LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, THY GOD, HATH ANOINTED THEE WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE THY COMPANIONS.”Perhaps the whole matter can be summed up in the words of James: Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him it is sin. Definition of Sin – What is it?A definition of sin is doing what is wrong or not doing what is right according to God’s rules . If God says “Do not lie” and you lie, then you have sinned. If God says “Do not steal” and you steal, then you have sinned. According to God, sin separates you from Him . The Bible says, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools. . .” . God has a moral law and has given every man a conscience. The conscience acts to accuse or excuse us, compelling us to remain within the bounds of God’s moral standards of conduct. Nevertheless, the conscience, much like a human muscle, though it remains strong if exercised, it atrophies with disuse. At one point, while morality still exists, one no longer feels constrained by it. After continually ignoring the urging of the conscience for a period of time, the conscience no longer functions as it should. According to God’s rules, we’re all sinners. No one has kept all of God’s laws. Guess what? The Bible declares that there is a death sentence for breaking any one of the above commandments. Therefore, we all face God’s wrath on judgment day. But God has done something absolutely incredible! God Himself paid the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross and three days later rose again. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” . “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” . “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” . “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame’. . .for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved'” . And now we have a chance to choose Him or reject Him. On judgment day, God will judge us by His rules. If you accept Christ, you won’t be held accountable for your sins, because Christ will have already paid the debt for you. “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” .But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Rev 21:81 Corinthians 6:6-12 6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? 8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. Glorify God in Body and Spirit 12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.