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Introduction - What is Sin? "Good and Bad" and "Right and Wrong"

  • "Missing the Mark" or "Doing Something outside of God's Will", the absense of sin is to act in perfect unity and harmony with God. "sin is anything you say, do, or think that goes against what God wants."
  • A Working of definition of sin is necessary to judgement between "right" and "wrong"
  • God has a Standard. Why? What is it?
  • 394 verses "sin"
  • First: Ge 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
  • Last: 1 John 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

I. SIN IS NOT GOOD ["GOOD" A Perfect Creation: Harmony, Unity]

Genesis 1:31 — And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. [1:4,10,12,18,21,25,31]

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  • After God's perfect Creative Work is completed,by just Genesis 3 the conern and reality of sin comes into focus.

Genesis 3:6 — And 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. {pleasant: Heb. a desire}

  • a) Sin as Being Broken: (Hebrew word ra`), which has the basic meaning of bad or evil and appears over 600 times. or "something broken; gone bad" 2 Kings 2:19 "water has gone bad"

  • b) Sin as Being Blemished: (Ra`) blemished cattle = unsuitable for sacrifice - in effect deformed, disqualified

  • c) Sin as Missing the Mark: (chatta’ath), which simply means sin or sinful. to miss, miss the mark 1) throw a spear or shoot an arrow.

  • d) Sin as Wandering from the Path: 2) miss the road you were supposed to take (like missing a turn). (Romans 7:15)

  • e) Sin as Crookedness: (`avon 200 times) - refers to perversity, depravity, iniquity. - to bend, twist, distort, or to make crooked.

  • f) Sin as Rebelling: (pesha) rebellion against God and His authority. This is denoted in the Hebrew noun and its verb counterpart, pasha,

  • g) Sin as Trespassing:(‘asham 30 times) in the sense of offending, being guilty, and trespassing. -- to overstep, neglect, violate, transgress

  • h) Sin as Debt: Lu 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

  • i) Sin as Desolation: One secondary definition of ‘asham refers to the ultimate consequences of sin: utter desolation.

  • j) Sin as Drunken Swerving: (ta`ah and shagah) to err, to go astray. - and the corresponding state of mind: Shagah can be defined as to swerve, meander, reel, roll, be intoxicated, err in drunkenness. (Psalm 119:10) With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

  • k) Sin as Oppressive Toils: evil or bad is the adjective poneros, which literally means full of labors, annoyances, hardships, or pressed and harassed by labors. Romans 6:16 (Sin is a cruel taskmaster.)

  • l) Sin as Impiety: ( asebeia ) a lack of reverence and respect for God. ... a holy fear of God (Proverbs 9:10)

  • m) Sin as Lawlessness: (anomos) there are laws of society, there is the natural law that is written on the hearts of all men, God's law. -- the law in the sense of rules and established norms of behavior that have been established through custom and tradition.

  • n) Sin as Injustice: (adikos) justice unrighteous and unjust people; an unjust person is one who breaks the law.

  • o) Sin as Intrinsic Evil: While sin is often described in terms of its consequences for us and others, it’s important to remember that sin is an intrinsic evil. This is conveyed in the Greek word kakos, an adjective which simply refers to something of a bad nature or something that is base, wrong, and wicked.

Sin as Bound to Punishment: It’s also important to remember that sin not only has consequences—a broken humanity, a fallen world, a disordered creation—it also makes one liable for punishment. This idea is conveyed through the New Testament Greek word enochos, defined as bound, under obligation, subject to, liable. According to Strong’s Concordance, it can be used in a technical sense, “denoting the connection of a person either with his crime, or with the penalty or trial, or with that against whom or which he has offended.” This is the sense in which Jesus uses the word in Matthew 5:21-22, “You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment.”

II. Sin is an Agenda (Agents of Sin)

  • SPIRITUAL BATTLE: FLESH vs. Spirit (born of God) Galatians 6:8

1. The Serpent

Genesis 3:1 — Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

  • Sin isn't "the devil made me do it", but satan has since the beginning of human history been an agent for sin.

  • Even Jesus was tempted of the devil

Mt 4:1 — Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Acts 10:38 — How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.


  • 1Ti 3:6,7 "condemnation of the devil" and "snare of the devil"

2. Anti-christ Spirit, "Mystery of Iniquity"

  • There is an agenda, even a "conspiracy" (It is a Resistance to the the Design and Purposes of God.

2 Thesalonians 2:7 &mdas; For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Ephesians 6:12 — For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

1 John 2:18 — Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

1 John 2:22 — Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3 — And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2 John 1:7 — For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

  • Spirit of this world

1 Corinthians 2:12 — Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

Ephesians 2:2 — Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3. Human Agents (co-conspirators)

John 8:44 — Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Acts 13:10 — Ac 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

1 John 4:1 — Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

III. Sin is Dangerous and Destructive

(to: relationships, beauty, good, right liberty)

James 1:14-15 — But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

  • Eden (Paradise) was Lost by Sin (Genesis 3:24)
  • Cain murdered his brother. (Genesis 4:7)
  • Made Sodom and Gomorah such a "GRIEF" to God, that he destroyed them dramatically in a day. (Gensis 18:20)
  • Abram's lie Abimelech introduced distrust in a friendship (allies). (Ge 20:9)

John 8:34).

IV. Sin is "Offensive" (What does it 'offend'?)


  • Sin is against God. (Ge 39:9) "[Joseph] ... how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?"
  • God is morally pure and man is made in the image of God.

Genesis 1:27 — So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

  • When sinning, "THE FEAR OF GOD" passed over.

Sin has Victims

Genesis — 42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.

V. Sin is not Invicible or Inevitable

  • It is a Universal condition:

Romans 3:23 — For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

1 John 1:9).Proverbs 28:13).

Romans 6:12 — Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Ephesians 6:11 — Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

1 Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. [not a novice]

1 Peter 5:8 — Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

1 Thessalonians 5:6 — Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (Spirital slumber, apathy)