Sin - God's View


Biblical View of Sin



I The Definition of Sin

1a Breaking the laws of God

2a Laws which are revealed to man through

1b God’s written Word (2 Tim. 4:3; Rom. 2:12)

2b Man’s conscience (Rom. 2:12; 14:1-12)

II The Root of Sin: why do all people sin?

1a The Bible describes the soul of man is “crooked, depraved, or full of iniquity” (Psa. 32:2; Jn. 3:19)

2a Thus our soul is bent toward sin and against God – like a ruler that has been warped it will always give a warped reading (Jer. 17:9; Gen. 8:21)

1b Called the “old man” or the “old nature” (Rom. 6:5-9; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9)

2b It was passed on through Adam and Eve to all of their descendents

3a Because his nature is bent toward sin, therefore man’s every thought and action is tainted with sin (Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Ecc. 9:3; Titus 3:3; Eph. 2:1-3)

III The Practice of Sin (Eph. 2:1-2)

1a Sins of Omission

1b Term used 649 times in the Scriptures, speaks of someone missing the mark (Judges 20:16)

2b Sin is so much a part of our being that we sin even when we are not trying to sin (1 Sam. 12:23; Psa. 32:1)

1c We can not reach the glorious standard (Rom. 3:23) required of God to enter into heaven

2c God does not grades on a curve

3c We must rely in one who is a righteousness for us (Phil 3:9; Rom. 10:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:21-20)

1d As we receive the old nature from Adam

2d We receive the new nature from our Lord

3b The severity of the consequences of this are tempered when ignorance is involved (Num. 15:24-31; Lk. 23:34; Acts. 3:17; 1 Cor. 2:8; 1 Tim. 1:13)

2a Sins of Volition

1b Term used 51 times in the Scriptures speaks of one who maliciously or forcibly opposes God – to defy God’s law (Isa. 1:2; Psa. 32:1; Matt 15:2-3)

2b We make the choice to do what we know is wrong – we willingly and often openly disobey our God

IV The Realms of Sin

1a The realm of thoughts

1b Sinful thoughts do not carry the same stiff penalties as do those of actions

1c They are one dimensional – restricted to realm of thought

2c They are usually limited to only the knowledge of the individual – it would be difficult to prosecute them

2b Sinful thoughts should not be treated lightly!

1c Sinful thoughts are still serious sin

1d They are fully capable of condemning a person to hell (Ex. 20:17; Lev. 19:17; Matt. 5:22, 27-28)

2d They can lead to chastisement from the Lord

3d They are committed in the presence of God

2c Sinful thoughts, though they may appear harmless are in truth very dangerous for they are the seed of sinful actions(Matt. 15:17-20; Mk. 7:20-23; James 1:14-15)

2a The realm of actions

1b To use our bodies to carry out sinful actions

2b Therefore this sin becomes more vile before God

1c Involves the second dimension of the individual: physical

2c Incites others to follow suit (Prov. 16:29) – Kings of Israel, Patriarchs

3c Invades and defiles other’s lives (Rom. 14:7) – set on the course of nature

4c Injures our testimonies: often leaving lasting scars (David, Samson, Gideon)

3b These sins often require more than a confession and forgiveness before God, but also one publicly - (many try to avoid)

3a The realm of time

1b To repeat the sin over a period of time

2b This compounds the impact of sin and will result in greater judgment from God

V The Consequences of Sin

1a All sin is serious enough to send a person to hell

2a Sin has different consequences as it relates to a present time

1b Lying would not demand the death penalty

2b Murder would

VI The Most Serious Sin

1a Sin that is Unpardonable

1b What is the unpardonable sin?

1c The unpardonable sin is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

2c It involved ascribing something that belong to God to one of His creations – Satan (Matt. 12:31-32)

2b Can it be committed today? – one would have to witness the life and miracles of Jesus to commit this sin

2a Sin unto death

1b The Sin of damaging the Body of Christ ( 1 Cor. 3:9-17; Js. 4:1-4)

2b The sin of extreme wickedness (1 Cor. 5:1-5)

3b The Sin of indifference (1 Cor. 11:30-32)

4b The Sin of violating the sanctity of life (Gen 9:5)

5b The Sin of rebellion (James 5:14-20)

6b The Sin of disobeying authority: (Rom. 13)

3a Sin of the Hardened heart (Rom. 9:16-19)

1b Pharaoh hardened his heart first (Ex. 8:15, 32; 9:34)

2b At a certain point God hardened his heart (10:1)

3b This still is going on today (Rom. 1:24-32)

VII Sine and You

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Biblical View of Sin