Things The Bible Teaches About Sin

Romans 6:15-23

 

15What then? shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? God forbid. 16Know ye not, that to whom ye present yourselves as servants unto obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17But thanks be to God, that, whereas ye were servants of sin, ye became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto ye were delivered; 18and being made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness. 19I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye presented your members as servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity, even so now present your members as servants to righteousness unto sanctification. 20For when ye were servants of sin, ye were free in regard of righteousness. 21What fruit then had ye at that time in the things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. 

 

It would be good to read such verses commit them to memory and meditate upon them often.

 

23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

 

In a very real sense, the Bible is a book about sin. An objector might say,   But I thought the Bible is a Book about salvation.” And it is, but salvation from what?  Sin. Another says: “Well, I thought the Bible is a book about a Savior.” It is, but a Savior from what? Again, we are back to square one—sin.

 

Sin is a big problem, and is given great prominence from Genesis chapter 3 onward. Only two chapters treat man in a state of innocence—Genesis 1-2. He is a fallen being from the time of Genesis 3 onward.  Eve was tempted by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  Gen. 3:6

 

6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

 

She was seduced in meticulous fashion by the great deceiver of mankind.  She stretched forth the hand of transgression, plucked the forbidden fruit, ate and gave to Adam and he likewise ate, and both were plunged into sin. They were stripped of their innocence. They were filled with shame and embarrassment. They sought means to cover their now apparent nakedness. They are now sinners!

 

Sin  has separated them quickly  from  the God of Whom they had shared a close fellowship. They became excuse-makers. They laid blame on others, “Look what you made me do.”  They died spiritually that very day.  They were expelled from Eden. Separated from the tree of life, they would ultimately experience physical demise, and so would all humanity  face such an appointment (Heb. 9:27).

 

 Sin was very costly to Adam and Eve.

23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Romans 6:23

 

I propose in this lesson to set forth some things the Bible teaches about sin.   The first from   Mark 7:17-23

 

17And when he was entered into the house from the multitude, his disciples asked of him the parable. 18And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Perceive ye not, that whatsoever from without goeth into the man, it cannot defile him; 19because it goeth not into his heart, but into his belly, and goeth out into the draught? This he said, making all meats clean. 20And he said, That which proceedeth out of the man, that defileth the man. 21For from within, out of the heart of men, evil thoughts proceed, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22covetings, wickednesses, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, railing, pride, foolishness: 23all these evil things proceed from within, and defile the man.

 

Two things stand out here, First that sin comes from the heart.  Sin is not an accidental and external  or surface thing. Sin is not a skin-disease. Sin is a heart-disease. This being the case it must be evident that there is no treatment that may be purchased at the local pharmacy that  can Sin  The remedy must go as deep as the disease, else there can be no cure.

 

Education and culture cannot reach it. No matter how industriously  the thorn and the thistle may be cultivated, they remain the same in nature, will never yield figs or grapes.   Neither is "Character-Building" sufficient: however good it may be. Nothing will do but the cleansing, the renewal, the re-creation of the heart, only that can really change the  man; Sin comes out of the heart. What an awful place the  heart must be!

 

The second truth stated by the Lord in this passage from Mark 7:23 is that sin defiles the man. Sin is moral and spiritual pollution. It makes the man unclean, unfit to stand in the presence of God and of His holy angels.  Isaiah 59:1-2

 

1Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 

 There is a filthy blot upon the sinner's soul,  a stain which is like leprosy to the flesh; no remedy this world knows of can remove or cleanse it. And like leprosy it makes one unfit for fellowship…    

 

One of my favorite passages: Zechariah 13:1. It is as though this prophet was looking down the streams of time through the telescope of inspiration and exclaims

 

1In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. And from this marvelous passage, William Cowper has given us the words of this song:

 

                        There is a fountain, filled with blood,

                        drawn from Immanuel's veins

                        And sinners plunged beneath that flood,

                        lose all their guilty stains.

 

The 2nd thing concerning sin we look at is found in John 8:34:

34Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,  Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

 

* When you see a word ending in “th” it always translates the Greek present tense  (……..)  continuous action)

 

Paul writing in our text expresses the same in the words found in Romans 6:16

16Know 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?

 

This is a fact which many have found out by bitter experience. Sin throws its net--at first so light as threads of silk, but presently the meshes tighten, and though the sinner may still boast of his ability to break loose and free himself, he becomes increasingly aware that he is a captive, unable to deliver himself from the rueful bondage into which he has fallen. 

 

This has happened millions of times the world over, and is happening anew every day.   "Just this once," says the victim of sin's deceitful art--"just this once I will do this or that." But he finds out that one doesn't sin just once: it is once, and then once more, and again, then often; and the soul grows weary and hopeless of its bootless struggle. What once was so sweet becomes common, and loathsome; but nevertheless the slave of sin must follow on in his devoted course. And this is true open vices to which men fall prey, and the more secret and refined forms of sin, all that is comprised under "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life."

 

34Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,  Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

 

The 3rd teaching on sin is found from the Sermon on the Mount;

Matthew 5:27-30. 

 

27Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28but I say unto you, that every one that looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29And if thy right eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell. 30And if thy right hand causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body go into hell. 31It was said also, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32but I say unto you, that every one that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery.

 

The context of these verses is the relation between  the man and  the  woman, more specifically of the sacredness of the marriage bond, and is solemnly warning against the violation of the same--the sin of adultery--so heinous in the sight of God, and which is so prevalent in our day, and increasing. But the verses quoted apply to all kinds of sin as well.

 

The warning they contain is that we must rid ourselves of the sources of temptation, the occasions of sin, the things that cause us to do wrong, whatever they be. Though they  be as dear to us as a right hand or an eye; and  as painful to quit as the cutting off of the hand, or the plucking out of the eye--whatever the suffering and the loss--it is profitable to endure it; for nothing we suffer on earth can be compared with what it must mean to be cast into hell. 

 

Notice with me James 1:13-15

13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man: 14but each man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. 15Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is full-grown, bringeth forth death.

 

This is spiritual death, eternal separation from God, from light and purity .

23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

 

Men are prone to get lax and lose their fear of God's judgment; but the word of the Lord Jesus Christ stands true for ever, regardless of what men may say or think.   Jesus says: “          for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. “ Matthew 5;30

 

The final  thing the Bible teaches about sin is a marvelous, and wonderful word. Jesus taught that sin can be forgiven.

 Mark 16:15-16

15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.

 

This statement teaches much more.. It means that the heart can be renewed and purified; that the soul's defilement can be washed away; that the sentence of death and condemnation can be lifted, and that the fetters of sin's bondage can be broken. Sin can not be overlooked, but it can be forgiven— but great is the price thereof: 

 

In the upper room, on that solemn last evening, He sat with His disciples; and He took bread and blessed and brake it, and gave to His disciples, saying,   Matt 26:26-28

 

26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.  27And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

 

 Blood—The blood of the Son of God, that was the price paid for the remission of sins—Hear John in Revelations as he writes about this great theme. Revelations chapter 1 beginning in verse 4

 

4John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 5And 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, 6And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Three crosses stood on Calvary. -The sun was swiftly declining toward theeee West; and by the Jew's request, that the bodies might not hang there on the Sabbath, Roman soldiers were sent to break the legs of the crucified men.

 

They broke the legs of the two who hanged there, and would have broken the legs of the ONE in the midst--but, no, that could not be done; for the Scripture said, "A bone of Him shall not be broken."  So when they approached the central cross they marked the fact that He who was nailed to it was already dead. But to make sure, one of the soldiers drove his spear into the side of the crucified one and when he drew it out there came forth blood and water.

 

The apostle John who witnessed these things is careful to record:  John 19:35-37

 

35And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 36For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 37And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

 

Thus was the sacrifice completed, and Jesus' blood was shed for the remission of our sins.  Only in this way, and in no other, could sin be atoned for: for "apart from shedding of blood there is no remission." (Heb. 9:22.)

"What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.  What can make me whole again? NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS."

The most beloved passage in all the Bible John 3;16

 

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Summary of things we have learned regarding sin

1- Sin comes from within theeee heart, and defiles a man, make      us unfit for company with God…. 

2- Sin will cause us to be cast into hell

3- To continue in sin is to serve sin.—  

4- But sin can be forgiven.

 

The history of man is built around three trees:

The tree of knowledge (Gen. 2:17), bringing to our mind man’s sin;  The tree of Calvary’s Cross (Acts 5:30), revealing to us man’s redemption. And, the tree of life (Rev. 2:7), suggesting forgiveness and eternal life.

There were three steps in man’s fall into sin; and, there are three steps in man’s restoration.

 

    MAN’S FALL               MAN’S RESTORATION

    Man heard a lie.          Man must hear the truth.

    Man believed a lie.      Man must believe the truth.

    Man obeyed a lie.        Man must obey the truth.

 

 

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Ron Cope Minister churches of Christ

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