Most people have a false concept of what sin really is. Sin is God’s enemy and ours as well, if we are to be His children. If we are to resist sin, then we must be sure that we understand it, recognize it, and know what God’s Word the Bible says about how we should respond to it.  To begin this lesson, please start by reading: 1 John 3:4, James 4:17, Romans 5:12   Other readings will be called out in the lesson below.

(Answers to this lesson are below.)


A wrong way of understanding sin: 
“It’s just the way I am. It’s not my fault!”
“As long as I feel good, it’s not sin.”
“It is only sin if it harms someone else, but I’m not harming anyone!”
“If everyone does it, it is not sin!”
A right way of understanding sin:
God teaches in 1 John 3:4 that “Everyone who sins >> 1 << the law; in fact, sin is >> lawlessness <<.”
Also, in James 4:17, the Bible says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
This means that sin is breaking the law of God, and it is also failing to do what God wants us to do.


In Romans 5:12, we read, “Therefore, just as >> 3 << came into the world through one man, and death through >> 4 <<, and so death >> 5 << men because >> 6 << sinned.” Sin is a curse that we have inherited from Adam. But we also know that we cannot blame Adam for our sin, “because all (including you and me) sinned.”


Sin contaminates us. Jesus says in Mark 7:15, “There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can >> 7 << him, but the things that come out of a person are what >> 8 << him.”

Sin enslaves. Jesus says in John 8:34 that, “Everyone who practices >> 9 << is a >> 10 <<.”

Sin separates us from God. Romans 3:23 states, “for >> 11 << and fall short of the glory of God.” *Please read also Isaiah 59:2.

Sin causes death. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of >> 12 <<.” This is not only physical death, but spiritual death and eternal death.  *Please read also Revelation 20:14.


The answer is found in the person of Jesus Christ. He is God’s gift for the salvation of humankind. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In him (Jesus) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses.”
Furthermore, in 1 John 1:9 we learn that “If we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just to >> 13 << us our sins and to >> 14 << us from all unrighteousness.”


In what area of your life do you think that you have sin?

What do you think you should do with your sin?

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