Sin is an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law; the law of God. Expressions like trespass, guilt, offense, or transgression are often interchangeably used.
For a Christian, sin is the breaking of God’s law. For example, If God says “Do not lie” and you lie, then you have broken His law and sinned. When you sin, you offend God because it is His law that you have broken. Also, the reason God says don’t lie, don’t cheat, etc., is because these laws reflect the moral purity of His nature. Therefore, the Law is a reflection of the character of God. It is wrong to lie because God cannot lie. It is wrong to steal because God cannot steal, etc. The moral law is not arbitrary. It is based on God’s holiness.
A sin is an act that violates a known moral rule in a religion. The term sin may also refer to the state of having committed such a violation. Sin can refer not only to physical actions taken, but also to thoughts and internalized motivations and feelings. Colloquially, any thought, word, or act considered immoral, selfish, shameful, harmful, or alienating might be termed “sinful”.
God hates sin. He says that our sins separate us from Him. Those who sin earn its wages—death. Yet what does this mean? Just what is sin?
TWO TYPES OF SIN:
“…, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23, 24 NIV).
All sin is an offense against God and a rejection of his perfect love and justice. Yet, Jesus makes a distinction between two types of sins. We call the most serious and grave sins, mortal sins. Mortal sins destroy the grace of God in the heart of the sinner. By their very grave nature, a mortal sin cuts our relationship off from God and turns man away from his creator. Paul’s letter to the Hebrews tell us that “if we sin willfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26). The second type of sin, venial sin, that of less grave matter, does not cut us off from Christ. However, venial sin does weaken grace in the soul and damages our relationship with God. A person who frequently indulges in venial sin is very likely to collapse into mortal sin if they persist in their evil ways.
Original sin is, according to a Christian theological doctrine, humanity’s state of sin resulting from the Fall of Man. This condition has been characterized in many ways, ranging from something as insignificant as a slight deficiency, or a tendency toward sin yet without collective guilt, referred to as a “sin nature”, to something as drastic as total depravity or automatic guilt of all humans through collective guilt. The doctrine is not found in Judaism; its scriptural foundation is in the New Testament teaching of Paul the Apostle. (Romans 5:12-21 and 1 Corinthians 15:22) It began to be developed by the 2nd-century Bishop of Lyon Irenaeus in his controversy with the dualist Gnostics.
Every sin leads to death and separation from God, which in response inflict the sinner with the painful punishment that Satan demands. All forms of sins comes through the demons, and is directly related to the devil, the wicked one. Sin hurts, robs, kills and destroys. “All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death” (1 John 5:17 NIV).
Rebellion is a sin that looks God in the eyes to crucify His Son Jesus the second time. The Bible clearly states that, “The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them” (1 Timothy 5:24 NIV). This type is consequential, and the punishment inescapable. Wickedness, pride, rejection of Christ as Lord and Savior, belonging to the occult (idolatry), homosexuality, etc. draws God’s wrath. You may beg to differ, but the scriptures attest to this.
SOLUTION TO ALL SIN
Let all sinful nature that rules us be rejected. By our power, it is impossible, but through Christ, freedom from the pang of sin and death is received. Remember the greatest divine law; ” He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27).
When love is the foundation of every relationship, it will be difficult to commit sin. Loving the way of the world leads to sin against God. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world” (1 John 2:15, 16 NIV). Since the wrath of God is being revealed against all sin, there can be no way of salvation other than the way that deals with sin, that is, the Gospel. This means one thing; that making Christ Lord and Savior is the victory over SIN.
If, as we have previously shown, the anger of God rests upon all of mankind and, subsequently, the judgment of God is currently being poured out upon both individuals and groups of men and women whether in tribes, cultures or nations, then we need to understand the work of Jesus Christ that satisfies the anger of God and removes His judgment from us. But daily, the love of God is being revealed. Through Jesus Christ, – The source of all propitiation, The love of God remains steadfast. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10 NIV). Again, “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—” (Romans 3:25 NIV).
As can be seen from both these Scriptures, the initiative is with God, not man. Though man may try to propitiate God by various sacrifices and offerings, the ultimate propitiation for an individual’s sin comes as a result of God taking it upon Himself to solve the ultimate problem. The origin of the propitiation is God’s love.
Scripture of the day: People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy. ~ Proverbs 28:13
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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