Lesson #17 What is sin?

In considering the question of sin,  we are faced with two startling facts.

The first fact is that man makes so little of sin. To some it is an illusion-a religious
mirage-the invention of some fanatic. It is denied, joked about, and laughed at by man. Many who believe sin to be a fact, continue in it with little thought of its penalty.

The second fact is that God makes so much of sin. God said,
“The person who sins will die” (Ezek 18:20).
“The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)
and He hates those that do iniquity (Psalm 5:5).
Moses said; “…every one who acts unjustly is an abomination to the Lord” (Deut. 25:16). Sin is an evil force. Its presence cannot be escaped in this life, but it can be overcome by the power of God.

The origin of sin is lone of the mysteries in the bible (Jude 1:6). Sin was first noted in the heart of Satan. He was created a perfect being… until unrighteousness was found in him(Ezek 28:11-19). Satan fell from perfection when he exerted his will over God’s will – this is sin. Sin was in the heart of Satan before God created men (Gen 1:1, 2)

It is impossible to deny the existence of sin, when the whole word is in conflict between good and evil. If sin were not a fact, there would be no crime; we would not need jails or prisons. We would need no locks on doors, or vaults for valuables. To some sin is being indiscreet; or it is a weakness of the flesh. To others, it is the absence of good, but God declares that:

(1)  Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4)
(2)  Sin is falling short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23)
(3)  Sin is revolting against God (Is. 1:2)
(4)  Sin is unbelief (1 John 5:10)
(5)  Sin is going your own way, planning your life according to your will, without seeking
the will of God (Is 53:6)
(6)  All unrighteousness is sin (1 John 5:17)

Sin is a folly to deceive you, a force to destroy you and a fact to condemn you. Sin is a volitional act of disobedience against the revealed will of God. Every man is tempted when he drawn away from his own lust and enticed (James 1:14). We are tempted by Satan (Matt 4:3, 1 Thess 3:5). The reason that Satan cannot repent is because he didn’t have a tempter like we have. If you sin, you can repent (1 John 1:9)