WHAT IS SIN?
Sin is any thought, word, desire, action, or omission of action, contrary to the law of God, or defective when compared with it.
The origin of sin is a subject which baffles all investigation; and our inquiries are much better directed when we seek through Christ a release from its penalty and power, for ourselves and the world. Its entrance into the world, and infection of the whole human race, its nature, forms, and effects, and its fatal possession of every unregenerate soul, are fully described in the Bible, Gen 6:5; Ps 51:5; Mt 15:19; Ro 5:12; Jas 1:14,15.
As contrary to the nature, worship, love, and service to God, sin is called ungodliness.
As a violation of the law of God and of the claims of man, it is a transgression or trespass.
As a deviation from eternal rectitude, it is called iniquity or unrighteousness.
As the evil and bitter root of all actual transgression, the depravity transmitted from Adam to all mankind, it is called “original sin,” or in the Bible, ” the flesh,” “the law of sin and death,” etc., Romans 8:1,2; 1John 3:4; 5:17.
WHAT IS THE RESULT OF SIN?
The just penalty or “wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23); this was threatened against the first sin, Ge 2:17 and all subsequent sins: “the soul that sinneth it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4,20).
A single sin, unrepented of the unforgiven, destroys the soul, as a single break renders a whole ocean cable worthless. Its guilt and evil are to be measured by the holiness, justice, and goodness of the law it violates, the eternity of the misery it causes, and the greatness of the Sacrifice necessary to expiate it.
HOW CAN YOU LIVE ABOVE SIN?
1. You must be Born Again.
John 3:6-7 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
1Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”
2. Maintain Righteousness
From 1John 5:17, “All unrighteousness or evil-doing is sin.” Therefore, You must be righteous. And you must maintain righteousness. How? 2Corin 5:21 says “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Again, God says “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:” 1Corin 1:30
“Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.” 1Timothy 1:9-10
3. Live By Faith in Christ Jesus who died for you.
1John 3:4 “Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” Rom 4:15 “Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.”
My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. And he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. 1John 2:1-2
Rom 1:17 “For in the gospel of Christ is revealed God’s righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, “But the righteous shall live by faith.”
1John 5:1,4-5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. Whoever loves the father also loves the child who is born of him. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
4. Live the life of Love Always
We have only one law: The Law of Love. Love all.
Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
Romans 13:8-10 “Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not give false testimony,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love doesn’t harm a neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.”
5. Be a Liberal, generous, sacrificial giver
1John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
1John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
1John 5:18 “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one touches him not.”
Sin shall never have dominion over you. There is no sin in Heaven. You can enjoy HEAVENnow! Live sin-free!
Peace in Jesus Name.