What is Sin? – Sin City
What is sin?
Sin. Sin can be a hard word to define. What is sin and what isn’t? Were going to operate out of what we see paul say in Romans chapter 14 verse 23
“For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin,”
As well as the author of Hebrews in chapter 11 verse 6,
“And without faith it is impossible to please him..”
There are several references that support this but we will work out of these two. The central Idea that is being given through this is whatever does not come from faith is sin. Just take a second to think about that. Sin goes so incredibly deep into our very being.
From birth, we are inherently sinful ever since the Fall in Genesis chapter 3. Prior to the fall, everything God made he said it was good. it was very good. Everything worked exactly how it should. Adam and Eve stewarded the garden and were in close relationship with God himself every day. But this all changed at the fall of man when eve at the apple. It is important to note that the tempting was not the sin, but the giving into temptation. They disobeyed Gods command for them to abstain from eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were tempted by Satan, and they gave in. As soon as this happened the perfect, beautiful order of all creation was shattered. When we go look at the world now it is unequivocally beautiful. The entirety of the universe is filled with God’s glory (Isaiah 6:3). But creation itself has experienced the effects of sin. We see this here in Romans 8:22 where it says,
“For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.”
What paul is getting at here in context is that creation itself is aware at how much sin spits in the face of God. He saying that creation is scared that God is going to rip the universe apart because of sin. That’s what sin deserves. That is how sin has affected creation. But how has sin affected us?
In Ephesians 2:1-3 we see one of the most concise descriptions of the state of man because of our inherently sinful being.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the prince of the power of disobedience- among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind.”
This is where every person. Dead, Not asleep or on the wrong path. no. Absolutely dead cold. Not only are we dead but were Followers of Satan. The one who led us here in the first place. Every single person ever born is like this, except for one. That one person was Jesus and he came, lived a perfect life and died the death we deserved by dying on a cross to be the way to restore our relationship with God through him. Even though some of us have been saved through the grace of God, we so easily forget where we came from and how innately sinful we are. We willing fully deny that which Christ did for us, and consciously choose to follow Satan and for that, we all deserve an eternity in Hell. Sometimes we even think that because we have grace, or we know that God will always forgive us, we kind of think light of the weight of our sin. We don’t fight our flesh and our tendency to sin with the ferocity we should. So I want to leave you with this text to really digest over this next week.
26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?