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WHAT IS SIN?

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God's Solution for Universal Sin

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First — God was not surprised by Adam's sin.
 

He wasn't taken by surprise. He didn't say: "Well, now we will need to figure out how to get the human race out of this mess."
Redemption was not an after-thought from an unforeseen evil. God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world.

1 Peter 1:20-21
He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. (NIV)

Revelation 13:8
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast — all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. (NIV)

Ephesians 1:4
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (NIV)


Second — God was not being unfair when Adam's sin plunged the entire human race into sin.
 
God made a way out for us — He is Jesus, called the "second Adam."
The first Adam was made from the earth,
but the Last Adam came from heaven.
The first Adam disobeyed God and brought sin and death into the world,
but the Last Adam obeyed the Father and brought righteousness and life.
(from The Bible Exposition Commentary. Copyright © 1989 by Chariot Victor Publishing, and imprint of Cook Communication Ministries.)

1 Corinthians 15:21-23
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 15:45
So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. (NIV)

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

Romans 5:15-19
But the gift is not like the trespass.
For if the many died by the trespass of the one man,

how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin:
The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation,

but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.

For if,
by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man,

how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Consequently,
just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men,

so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.

For
just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners,

so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. (NIV)


Third — God not only offered us a "way out" of our predicament.
 
He actually offered us the opportunity to become a part of His family.
Plus, through faith in Jesus we are given the opportunity to be just like Him.

1 John 3:2
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him. (NIV)

Even as it is, in order to inherit Adam's sin, we must be born into the human race,
so it is, that to inherit the benefits of God's family, we must be born into His Divine family.

John 3:3
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." (NIV)

The Greek word for "again" is anoothen (NT:509) = from above, from a higher place.
So an accurate translation would be: "no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born from above."

Fourth — God's love embraces all of humanity
 
He gave the ultimate example of His love for us in sacrificing His own Son.

1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (NIV)

His love is not selective, but is offered to all alike, regardless of our heritage or the horror of any sins we may have committed.

John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (NIV)


Fifth — God has done His part, now what must we do?

This is the question the Philippian jailer asked: What must I do to be saved?
The word "do" here is poieín (NT:4160) = To Produce, Construct, Fashion, Perform
Since Universal Sin came to us automatically as descendants of Adam and Eve, and Universal Salvation is offered to us automatically by the death and resurrection of Jesus, the only thing we can do is to accept His sacrifice. Universal Salvation is offered to us, not thrust upon us. That means we must accept it individually.

Romans 10:9-10
If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (NIV)

1 John 1:9-10
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (NIV)


John 1:1-14 sums up God's solution for Universal Sin:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the Light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John [John the Baptist]. He came as a witness to testify concerning that Light, so that through Him [Jesus] all men might believe. He himself [John] was not the Light; he came only as a witness to the Light. The true Light [Jesus] that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

He [Jesus] was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh [Jesus] and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)




God's Solution for Individual Sins

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Now that we know God's solution for Universal Sin, what is His perfect plan for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?  It is to live a sin-free and overcoming life.

John 8:10-11
Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

"No one, sir," she said.

"Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." (NIV)

John 5:14
Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." (NIV)

Romans 13:13-14
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (NIV)

Romans 8:12-13
Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation — but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. (NIV)


However, we know that since we still live in this human body, the possibility of sin can still exist. God knows this, and tells us that the same blood of Jesus that releases us from Universal Sin also cleanses us from Individual Sins.

1 John 1:8-10
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives. (NIV)

1 John 3:4-6
Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has neither seen Him or known Him. . (NIV)


Still, God intends for us to live a sinless life. How, we ask, is this possible? Because, the answer comes back, it is not by our will, or by our strength, but by His.

John 16:33
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (NIV)

1 John 4:4-5
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (NIV)

1 John 5:2
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (NIV)


Let the prayer of David in Psalms 51:10 also be our daily prayer:

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me




 

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