“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” ~ 1 John 3:4
“…I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” ~ Romans 7:7
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, what is sin? There are many today that know and understand that they are sinners, but what does that mean? We can look to the bible to answer these questions. As you can see above, both Apostle John and Apostle Paul commented on sin. First Apostle John tells us that in simple terms, “sin is the transgression of the law.” What law would he be speaking of? We can get further clarity from the words of Apostle Paul where he states that he “had not know sin but by the law for he had not known lust, except the law had said, thou shalt not covet.” The law of Thou shalt not covet, is the 10th commandment of the covenant found in Exodus 20. Both Apostle John and Apostle Paul are speaking of the 10 commandments when they are referencing the law. So now we can understand, that sin is simply disobeying the commands of God. There are many commands, statutes, and laws given by God in the holy scriptures which reveal to us His nature. God through His prophets and Apostles went well beyond these 10 commandments in making clear His expectations of us, and this testimony can be found all throughout the bible. Today it is more important than ever, to understand the clear commands of God and to obey them. Many have been led to believe that we cannot overcome sin keeping many imprisoned by their sinful nature, yet the gospel message reveals that we can and must overcome sin with the help of Christ via the Holy Spirit. We can experience freedom from sin, we can transform our lives and we can completely change! Our calling today is to choose to no longer walk in sin (with God’s help), and we are even warned:
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” ~ Hebrews 10:26-27
Some Christians today find it necessary to boast about the fact that they are sinners while believing Jesus constantly covers their repetitive sins, creating a revolving door of forgiveness. We learn in the book of Hebrews that belonging to Jesus means turning away from our sinful life or we will face the judgment along with the rest of God’s adversaries. We can also learn in the bible that there is no revolving door to forgiveness for those that are careless and indifferent- and that forgiveness only comes via true repentance and a change in our ways to align with the will and commands of God. Remember, God is no respector of persons- we are judged based on what we do, not who we are. We encourage you to study the ways of God by prayerfully studying the holy scriptures daily. Why not start today! You can also refer to the “Why Follow The Commandments” or the “God’s New Covenant” pages of this site for bible study references.