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Lesson Five

SIN

In considering the question of sin, we are faced with two startling facts.

The first fact is that man makes so little of sin. To some, it is an illusion… a religious mirage… the invention off some fanatic. It is denied, joked about, and laughed at by man. Many who believe sin to be a fact, continue in it with little thought of its penalty.

The second fact is that GOD makes so much of sin. GOD said, "The person who sins will die" (Ezek. 18:20). "The wages of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23). All sins are an abomination too GOD (Prov. 6:16-19), and HE hates those who do iniquity (Ps. 5:5). Moses said, "…everyone who acts unjustly is an abomination to the LORD" (Duet. 25:16). Sin is an evil force. Its presence cannot be escaped in this life, but it can be overcome by the power of GOD.

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THE ORIGIN OF SIN

    "And the angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, HE ahs kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great days."

    Jude 1:6

    The origin of sin is one of the mysteries of the BIBLE. "The secret things belong to the LORD our GOD" (Duet. 29:29). Its origin is one of the "secret things" that will remain wrapped in obscurity. Sin was first noted in the heart of Satan. He was created a perfect being, "… Until unrighteousness was found in you" (Ezek. 28:11-19). Satan fell from perfection when he exerted his will above the will of GOD. Five times he said, "I will" (Is. 14:12-17). It was his will over GOD's will, this is sin. It is believed by some great thinkers, that Satan, when first created, was the ruler of this earth (Gen. 1:1), and that he fell through self-will; and at his fall, the earth became "formless and void" (Gen. 1:2). They would submit that GOD did not create it a chaos. Isaiah tells us that GOD created the earth "and did not create it a waste place" (Is. 45:18). They would argue that the earth was perfect at its creation in Genesis 1:1 but that something happened between Gen. 1:1 and 1:2 that caused a chatastrophe and the earth became "formless and void" (Gen. 1:2), but it was, they will say, created thus. They would argue that some of the angels, along with Satan, sinned by leaving their first estate. They would submit therefore that sin was in the heart of Satan before GOD created man. This is simply an argument of man and is not something that is proven by Scripture. Man is now and has always been in an endless quest to explain GOD so HE lines up with our logic and our thoughts. So we must conclude that the origin of sin is not something that GOD cares if we understand or figure out. HIS ways are not our ways and our ways are not HIS ways.

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  2. WHAT IS SIN?

"… and sin is lawlessness."

1 John 3:4

It is impossible to deny the existence of sin, when the whole world is in conflict between good and evil. If sin were not a fact, there would be no crime; we would not need jails or prisons. We would need no locks on our doors, or vaults for our valuables. To some, sin is being indiscreet; or it is a weakness of the flesh. To others, it is the absence from good. To the so-called scholar, sin is ignorance; and to the evolutionist, it is the nature of the beast. The latest theory is that sin is a disease to be treated by science, because man is not sinner… he is only sick. To others, sin is a form of selfishness, but GOD declares that:

Sin is a folly to deceive you, a force to destroy you, and a fact to condemn you. Sin is a volitional act of disobedience against the revealed will of GOD.

 

III

HOW SIN ENTERED THE WORLD.

    "Therefore, just as through one man entered sin into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned…"

    Rom. 5:12

     

    "… through one man sin entered into the world" (the above verse). The fall of man is found in Genesis 3:1-24. When Adam sinned, his seed became perishable (1 Peter 1:23). Therefore, we are sinners, because we are born in sin (Ps. 51:5). You do not have to teach children to be bad, but you do have to teach them to be good. You do not have to teach them to lie, but you do have to teach them to tell the truth. "So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men" (Rom. 5:18). According to the Word of GOD, all men are judged sinners; all are condemned already (John 3:18). "All have sinned" (Rom. 3:23). Sin entered the world through our first parents in the Garden of Eden, and "all have sinned" because all are sinners.

    Man sin by choice, because he is a sinner by nature. Therefore, the dominion sin has over you is according to the delight you have in it.

    IV

    THE RESULTS OF SIN.

"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,"

Eph. 2:1

"… the wages of sin is death." As a result of man's sin, there are three deaths. Keep in mind that death does not annihilate; it only separates. In the Garden of Eden, it separated man from GOD spiritually; this spiritual death. In natural death, it separates the spirit and the soul from the body; this physical death. In final death, it separates man from the mercy of GOD forever; this is eternal death.

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GOD'S REMEDY FOR SIN.

"HE made HIM who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of GOD in HIM."

2 Cor. 5:21

Man, not willing to accept GOD's remedy for his ruin, strives to bring about his own salvation by human means.

The only remedy for the ruin of man is the SON of GOD, being made sin for us on the cross. The only way to receive this remedy is by faith in HIM as personal Savior (John 20:30,31)

Now proceed to lesson 6