Summary: Sin Defined


I: Sin Defined:

A. I’m going to say a word, and you pay attention to what the first thing is that comes to your mind;

a. The word is “SIN!!!”

1. What was the first thing that came to your mind?

1a. Most believers would say, “Adultery, Fornication, Perversion, or

Drinking, or Looking and Acting like the world;

2a. Or gambling, stealing, murder or witchcraft;

3a. Some may say, hatred, strife, jealousy or un-forgiveness ;

b. Can I say, “Adam did not sleep with another woman, nor did he go out and get drunk;

1. Yet his sin was so serious it brought all creation into captivity and bondage.

1a. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death

by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have

sinned:” Rom 5:12

N> What did Adam do that brought so much destruction on mankind?

2a. Paul said, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made

Sinners,….” Rom 5:19

N> Adams sin was, “disobedient to what God had told him;”

B. Scripture says, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4

a. Transgression means, “without law or lawlessness;”

1. According to Thayer’s Greek dictionary it is, “the condition of being without law, because of ignorance of it or because of violation it:”

2. Vine’s dictionary states that this verse gives, “the real meaning of the word sin.

1b. Vine’s goes on to say, “This definition of sin sets forth its essential

character as the rejection of the law, or will, of God and the

substitution of the will of self.”

b. To confirm this definition, look at a parable of Jesus; Luke 14

1. Jesus said, “ A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were

bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.”

1b. In this parable the Father’s will is spoken: “Come, for all things are

now ready.”

** The word servant is directed toward those already invited, that is,

those in the church, not unbelievers;

N> However, these people begin to make excuses for not heeding

the call: “COME.”

** The first said, “I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and

see it.”

** The second said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go and

test them;”

** The third said, “ I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot


2b. None of these said, I can’t come because I’m going to a party

tonight, or I’m going to the casinos, or I’ve fallen in love with my

secretary and we’re going to Hawaii.

N> The question is, is buying land wrong, buying equipment wrong,

or marrying wrong, NO

2. But listen to what Jesus said, “That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.”

N> Why would the master make such a strong statement, when what they

were doing was not wrong;

** Because of a simple act of “Disobedience:”

** The word of the Master was, “COME:”

N> They refused to OBEY the word of the Master;

II: What About the “Big Ones;”

A. What about lying, drunkenness, adultery, stealing, murder?

a. Aren’t these sins? Absolutely!!!

1. They go against His authority as well.

1a. Scripture deals with all of these;

** 1 Cor 6:9-10, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit

the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither

fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor

effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with

mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,

nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the

kingdom of God.”

** Rev 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable,

and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and

idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake

which burneth with fire and brimstone:”

b. Pro. 6: 16-19 deals with things God hates;

1. These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among


c. Paul says in II Cor. 12:21,

I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and

that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be

debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings,

swellings, tumults:

And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you,

and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have

not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and

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