The Facts About Sin
Sin is universal. Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Sins are so much a part of men the Bible calls them members of us just as our fingers and toes are members of our body. Colossians 3:5: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
For unbelievers, sin is their master. Romans 6:16: Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Sin multiplies, grows and gets worse. Jeremiah 30:14-15: All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased. Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.
Jeremiah 16:12: And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me:
2 Timothy 3:13: But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
2 Timothy 2:16: But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
We are capable of convincing ourselves that our sin is righteousness. Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Sin kills. Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
James 1:15: Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Sin separates us from God. Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
We are helpless to escape our sinfulness. Proverbs 5:22: His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
Job 14:4: Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
The consequences of our sin are unavoidable. Numbers 32:23: But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.
Sin can be enjoyable but the enjoyment doesn*t last. Hebrews 11:24-25: By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh*s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Men sometimes don*t even know they are sinning. Proverbs 16:25: There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Sin deceives us. Hebrews 3:13: But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Even believers sin. 1 John 1:8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
We believers are the representatives of God here on earth. When we sin we do a lousy job of representing our God and we give unbelievers an excuse to speak evil against our God. 2 Corinthians 5:20: Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ*s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2 Samuel 12:13-14: And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
Believers can be immediately forgiven. 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Genuine confession of sin includes forsaking it. If we cling to it, we have not confessed it properly. Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Believers will not be condemned for their sin. Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
My sin is against myself. Your sin is against yourself. 2 Timothy 2:24-25: And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
Jeremiah 44:7: Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain;
1 Corinthians 6:18: Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
Sin is ultimately against the Lord. Psalms 51:4: Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Our sin will cause us confusion and make it impossible to know right from wrong. Jeremiah 7:19: Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
By our sin we destroy ourselves. Jeremiah 44:8: In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?
We have a tendency to minimize the importance and harmfulness of our sin. We see our sins as little. At the same time we see the sins of others as worse than ours. We ought to become more aware of the gravity of our own sin. Never mind the other fellow. 2 Corinthians 10:12: For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
We ought to be like the publican not the Pharisee. Luke 18:10: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Jesus had no sin of His own, therefore His death could pay for our sins rather than His own. Hebrews 4:15: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Believers should consider themselves dead to sin. Romans 6:11: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God is able to separate our sin from us. Psalms 103:12: As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Our sins were laid on Jesus. Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Jesus washes away our sin. Revelation 1:5: And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Jesus washes away our sin when we are regenerated (born again). Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
There will be no sin permitted in heaven. Revelation 21:27: And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb*s book of life.
Believers are delivered from the penalty, control and power of sin. They are promised future deliverance from the very presence of sin.