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Why We Sin

In continuing with the series on sin we have gone over what sin is and what the effect of sin is, but now we are going to talk about why it is that we sin.

Paul talks about in the book of Romans where sin first come from

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned. Romans 5:12

Paul here mentions how sin got into the world through the fall of man in Genesis three. He speaks here about how this death that comes from sin spreads to all men. Due to the fact that all do sin.

“No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, good and evil.” Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Genesis 3:4-8

Paul then in Romans 7 goes into discussing indepth what we want to focus on which is why we sin.

Therefore, did what is good cause my death? Absolutely not! On the contrary, sin, in order to be recognized as sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin might become sinful beyond measure. For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am made out of flesh, sold into sin’s power.  For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that lives in me. So I discover this principle: when I want to do good, evil is with me. For in my inner self I joyfully agree with God’s law. But I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body.  What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Romans 7: 13-24

Paul talks about how the flesh is evil and how we are sold into sin’s power because of it. He goes into to talk about sin is living within us. We all sin due to this, we are all born with a sinful desire and a sinful nature that is within us.

If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:18

Sin is within every man, and every man has sinful desires within them.

This is why there is a need for a Savior because we are so sinful and so evil within our own selves and within our own flesh that we can’t fight sin all by ourselves.

The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36

I want to leave off with the ending from that section of Romans 7 which is verse 25

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin. Romans 7:25


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