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Sinfulness

God loves you. He wants you to experience His love in all fullness, but this cannot happen if there is sin in our lives.

What God’s Word says about sin?

  1. Doing anything that is not right. I Jn 5:17a Every kind of wrong doing is sin.
  2. Not obeying God’s law. I Jn 3:4 The person who keeps on sinning is guilty of not obeying the Law of God.
  3. Not doing what should be done. James 4:17. If you know what is right to do but you do not do it, you sin.

In the Old Testament we often come across three words: Sin, Transgression and Iniquity.

Ex 34:7 Keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.

Job 13:23 How many are my iniquities and my sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.

Let us see what each word means:

1 Sin: Heb: Khat-taw-aw: to miss the mark. It also means anything short of what God expects or wants done or falling short of what should be full or complete. It is not only the acts of sin but also the sinful thoughts and plans of the mind.

Gen 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.

Ps 51:2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

2 Transgression: Heb: Peh-shah: Revolt, Rebellion: To turn against someone and not obey the one who is the boss. Break away from just authority.

Prov 28:2 When a land transgresses it has many rulers; but with men of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue.

3 Iniquity: Heb: Aw-vone, crooked, not straight. It is not so much the act of sin, as it is the way people are sinful in their hearts.

Gen 15:16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.

Ex 20:5 "You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me."

In the New Testament we come across four words: Sin, Transgression, Fault and Error.

1. Sin: Gk: Hamartia: To miss the mark (and so not to share in the prize).

It is used 174 times in the N.T. It means both the act of sin and the way people are sinful in their hearts.

Rm 3:23 Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

2. Transgression: Gk: Para basis: Violation, parabaino: To go contrary to.

Not doing what has been told to be done, or not obeying God and His Laws

I Tim 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.

3. Fault: Gk: Paraptoma: Side slip, error, parapipto: to fall aside.

This means to fall instead of stand or not being able to do what is known to be right and should be done.

James 4:17 Whoever knows what is right to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

4. Error: Gk. Agnoaymah: A thing ignored i.e. shortcoming. Not to know what should have been learned and known.

Heb 9:7. But into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.

There is a difference between the power of sin and sin. Sins are like stealing, lying, adultery and many other things like that. But the power of sin is what makes the person want to do such things. Sin is to want to or the desire to do what is wrong. A person is not a sinner because he sins. He sins because he is a sinner. It is easy to sin because man was born with a desire to sin. It is a power that works in him and he can do nothing to get out of it by himself. When a person is saved, it must be from the power of sin. The power that makes him want to do wrong must not be allowed to work in him.

Things that show SIN:

God’s Word
  • Rm 3:23 All have sinned.
  • Rm 3:22 All men are guilty of sin.
  • Jn 1:29 Tells about the sin of the world.

God’s word gives a picture of the sin of the whole man.

1. Head: Is 1:5 The whole head is sick.

2. Eyes: II Pet 2:14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin.

3. Mouth: Rm 3:14 Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.

4. Lips: Rm 3:13 The venom of asps is under their lips.

5 . Tongue: Rm 3:13 They use their tongue to deceive. James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body setting on fire the cycle of nature and set on fire by hell.

6. Neck: Deut 31:27 KJV For I know thy rebellion and thy stiff neck.

7. Ears: Mt 13:15 They hear very little with their ears. KJV dull of hearing.

8. Hands: Is 1:15 Your hands are full of blood.

9. Feet: Prov 1:16 Their feet run to sin and hurry Rm 3:15 Feet are swift to shed blood.

10. Head to foot: Is 1:6 From the bottom of your feet to the head, there is no good in it.

11. Bones: Job 20:11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth.

12. Mind: Rm 1:28 Their minds were sinful and they wanted only to do things they should not do.

13. Thoughts: Gen 6:5 And God saw that the thoughts of man’s heart was only sinful, always.

14. Heart: Mt 13:15 For this people’s heart has grown dull (RSV).

15. Throat: Rm 3:13 Their throat is an open grave.

Men of God tell it:

I Tm 1:15 Paul said, "Christ Jesus has come to save sinners from their sin and I am the worst sinner."

Is 6:5 Isaiah said, "Woe is me for I am lost for I am a man of unclean lips."

Dan 9:20 While I was speaking and praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel.

Sinners tell it:

Ex 9:27b Pharaoh said, "I have sinned this time." "The Lord is in the right and I and my people are in the wrong."

Josh 7:20b Achan’s answer was "For sure I have sinned."

Num 22:34b Balaam said, "I have sinned."

·Mt 27:4 Judas said, "I have sinned."

I Jn 1:8 says, "If we say that we have no sin we lie to ourselves and the truth is not in us."


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