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Summary: This is a topical exploration of the affects of sin on a person.

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Sin

I. Effects of sin.

A. Enslavement (Romans 6:17 & Romans 8:2).

B. Flight from reality.

1. We are unwilling to face the consequences of our sins.

a. this includes the reality of death to all (Hebrews 9:27).

b. now we say that people “pass away” rather than die.

2. Romans 6:23a

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV)

C. Denial of sin.

1. We label it as a sickness, decease, ignorance, etc.

2. We also decline to take responsibility for it (Genesis 3:11-12).

11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" 12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me-- she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." (NIV)

D. Self-deceit.

1. Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

(NIV)

2. Matthew 7:3

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? (NIV)

3. II Samuel 12:1-15

1 The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, "There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 "Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him." 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, "As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity." 7 Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ’I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ 11 "This is what the LORD says: ’Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’" 13 Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt, the son born to you will die." 15 After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. (NIV)


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