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Sin. What Is It and Why Does It Matter?. Defining Sin: Different Words. Iniquity, transgression, wickedness, unrighteousness, trespass, lawlessness, disobedience, ungodliness, evil. Point to different aspects of sin, but share a common, key concept. Defining Sin: Key Concept.

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Sin

What Is It and Why Does It Matter?


Defining sin different words
Defining Sin: Different Words

  • Iniquity, transgression, wickedness, unrighteousness, trespass, lawlessness, disobedience, ungodliness, evil.

  • Point to different aspects of sin, but share a common, key concept.


Defining sin key concept
Defining Sin: Key Concept

  • Isaiah 53:6 Turned to his own way.

  • 1 John 3:4 Sin is lawlessness.

  • God has a standard and to violate it is to commit sin.

  • Sin is defined by God, even if it involves dealings with others. Cf. Psalm 51:1-4.


Defining sin examples
Defining Sin: Examples

  • Done by omission or commission.

    • Adam and Eve committed. Gen. 3

    • Jesus rebuked some of omitting. Matt. 23

  • Sometimes directed against God.

    • Exodus 20:2-7

    • John 4:23, 24

  • Violate standards for our treatment of others.

    • 1 Tim. 1:9, 10; James 3:8-10


Defining sin examples1
Defining Sin: Examples

  • Done by omission or commission.

  • Sometimes directed against God.

  • Violate standards for our treatment of others.

    • 1 Tim. 1:9, 10; James 3:8-10

  • Other violations of God’s standards.

    • Morals. Heb. 13:4; Eph. 5:3-5; 1 Cor. 6:9, 10

    • Going beyond His teaching. 2 John 9


Why does sin matter
Why Does Sin Matter?

  • Miss out on the good life.

    • Deut. 6:24; 1 Peter 3:10-12

  • It destroys our relationship with God.

    • Gen. 3; Isaiah 59:1, 2; Rom. 5:10; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1, 4, 5

  • God punishes sinners.

    • Many examples.

    • 2 Thes. 1:8; Mark 9:43-48; Heb. 10:26-31; Rev. 21:8


What about our guilt
What About Our Guilt?

  • Jesus is the Savior.

    • Shed His blood for this. Matt. 26:28

    • The Lamb to take away sin. John 1:29

    • Came to seek and save the lost. Luke 19:10

    • Without God’s grace there would be no hope. Ephesians 2:4-7


What about our guilt1
What About Our Guilt?

  • Jesus is the Savior with conditions.

    • Saves the obedient. Heb. 5:8, 9

    • The grace that saves requires an obedient faith. Eph. 2:8, 9; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38

    • Jesus remains the conditional answer for those who allow sin to reenter their lives. 1John 1:7-9

    • We can overcome sin and live for Him. Rom. 6:1-7, 11


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • We know what sin is and the terrible cost it inflicts.

  • We know how to be forgiven.

  • The only unknown is what you will do about your sins.


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