Sin

Christ died for our sins. It clearly says this many times in scripture. But now we have to ask this question:

What is sin?

Sin is anything unrighteous (1 John 5:17). Doing anything to against the law (breaking the law) is sin (1 John 3:4). So now we ask:

What is the law?

Exodus 20: 1-17

1 And God spoke all these words:
2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Let’s look at two of these commandments.

  1. Do not murder (Exodus 20:13)
  2. Do not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14)

Most people think ‘I have never killed anybody, so I am alright.’ This is not correct. According to the scriptures in Matthew 5: 21-22 it says:

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Do not commit adultery. The percentage of people who have disobeyed this one is most likely close to 100%. Matthew 5: 27-28 says:

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

If you lust after a man or a woman, you have committed adultery and broken this commandment.

James 2:10

“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”

According to the scriptures in the above verse, if you break even one commandment it is as if you have broken them all. If you break just one you have sinned and deserve hell. We have just seen two of the laws that most have broken. Even if you have not broken one of those laws, you have broken another for it says in Romans 3:23:

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

We are all guilty of sin, and now we know what sin is according to the scriptures. We all have a need to turn to Jesus Christ for salvation.

Luke 19:10

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save that which was lost.”

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