Summary: A sermon on what is sin? Origin of sin. The consequence of sin. The nature of sin. The cure for sin. How to keep from sinning?
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Introduction: Sin is not a popular subject in this world. Chrysostom, the early church father said “I fear nothing but sin.” Paradise or heaven exists under one condition: the absence of sin. Once there was paradise because there wasn’t any sin. Again there will be paradise when there isn’t any sin; but in the meantime there is sin, and that’s the age in which we live. Because of sin, there is pain, there are tears, fighting, war, anxiety, discord, unrest, fear, worry, and death. Every broken marriage, every disrupted home, every wayward child, every shattered friendship, every argument, and every disagreement can be attributed at the source to sin.
Every time a new baby is born into the world, sin awaits to greet it upon its entrance. “In sin did my mother conceive me,” said David, recognizing that from the very womb, sin would be a reality. In Joshua 7:13, God calls it “the accursed thing”. It is compared to the venom of snakes. Sin is compared to the stench of a corpse.
And somehow the media and society has been able to pull over the face of sin a mask, and we laugh at it more than we cry. If sin mars humanity, we better understand it. So what is sin?
1. What is sin?
Romans 14:23 Everything that does not come from faith is sin.
1 John 5:17 All wrongdoing is sin.
James 4:17 If anyone knows the good they ought to do, and does not do it, it is sin.
1 John 3:4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
God has laid down laws which are based on what is right, what is holy, what is just, and what is good. The violation of those is sin. Sin, then, is going beyond the bounds that God has set. And somebody might say, “Well, how do we know what the bounds are?”
a. Our Conscience.
Romans 2:15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
b. The Bible. The law of God is revealed in the pages of the Word of God. Psalm 119:160 All your words are true, all your righteous laws are eternal.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God has given his law that man’s life might be good, happy, and blessed. That’s why David said, in Psalm 119:2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes.
But what has man done? He has violated God’s law. He thought there was greener grass outside God’s pasture, and so he jumped and ended in the muck of sin, and now he’s unable to extricate himself, and the longer he’s there the uglier it all becomes. Sin is breaking God’s law.
2. How did Sin start?
The origin of sin. Sin did not begin in the garden of Eden, Sin began in heaven. In Ezekiel and in Isaiah, God tells us very clearly that a very powerful angel with a very responsible position made a decision. In this confession of satan is the heart and core of all sin. Isaiah 14:13-14 13You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. 14I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Sin in a sense is the spirit of independence, “ I will do what I choose to do in spite of what God says. I will get my needs me when and how I want to in spite of what God thinks.”