SIN? WHAT SIN? In our society today there appears to be no standard for what sin actually is. People appear to just pick and choose what they consider right and wrong. The government can pass laws but a lot of people just obey what they like and disregard what they dislike. This attitude more often than not carries over to the realm of how people approach God’s Word and how God defines what sin is. People tend to pick and choose what parts of the bible they agree with and what they don’t. But having said all that the reality is God is the ultimate authority on what sin is and what the results of sinning are. A person may not agree with God’s principles and guidelines for living but their opinion doesn’t change what God has said on the subject of sin and how God will deal with sin.
The Apostle John in discussing the subject of sin had this to say, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:7-10) In the reading of those verses it is clear that in order to sin there must be a standard God has that we break (“walk in the light, as he is in the light”). The bible is full of verses describing exactly what God’s standards are. And in addition the bible points out EVERYONE is guilty of sin in at least three ways: (1) we have inherited sin from our relative Adam, i.e., a sin nature (Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5); (2) we have imputed sin, the sin of Adam that gets placed to our account because he is the “representative” of all us humans (Romans 5:13); and we have personal sin because we trespass, transgress, break God’s laws, do wrong or are rebellious against God just like all those who have lived before us (Deut.9:7; Joshua 1:18).
Dr. Charles Ryrie, after tracing the biblical concept of sin in both the Old and New Testaments came to this conclusion: “Sin may properly be defined by using all these descriptive words as recorded in the Old and New Testaments. Such a definition would be accurate though quite lengthy. Indeed, it might be a good idea to define it thus: sin is missing the mark, badness, rebellion, iniquity, going astray, wickedness, wandering, ungodliness, crime, lawlessness, transgression, ignorance, and falling away.” (Basic Theology, p.243 by Charles Ryrie) Or as Billy Graham said, it is “any thought or action that falls short of God’s will.” Sin involves not just wrongful actions but also a wrongful condition of the heart and a failure to do what is right (Romans 3:3,10-12; James 4:17) and it is God’s judgment that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
SIN. Yes, we human beings have plenty of sin to account to before God. We can try and reason it away, explain it away, deny it, try to ignore the results of it or set our own standards but in the long run God says we are guilty of sin and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), physical & spiritual, resulting in separation from God for eternity in a place called hell.
The GOOD NEWS is that God loves us more than we love ourselves and He has not only set the standard He requires of us but He also has prepared a remedy for our failures to abide by that standard. The remedy is this, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. (1 John 1:9) Jesus has already paid our penalty for sin on the cross and when we agree with God (confess) our failures of sinning and accept the work of Jesus on our behalf we can find forgiveness from God and the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23).God is waiting. Are you ready to talk with Him?