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 Sin


 

 

Sin is what separates us from God. Sin is the breaking of God’s law. Paul says that no man can be saved by obeying the law. The law makes us conscious of our sins. It is by faith in the death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus Christ that we are saved. By grace through faith we are baptized and sanctified by the Holy spirit. Therefore we are born again and given a righteousness not of our own, and through trusting and obeying the will of God we are given assurance of our salvation. 

 


Mathew 5:19

19 “Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of Heaven.

 (Peer pressure is and example of this. People tend to try to pressure others to join them in their way of life. Others follow because they want friends, or want to be part of a crowd or a way of life. People are pressured into all sorts of ungodly ways of the world: sex, drugs, alcohol, and criminal activity are some things that people are pressured into taking part of. Once entangled in the evil ways of the world, temptation holds onto you, and won't let go, but those that trust in the Lord are given a way out when temptation comes.) 

 


Mathew 18:7-9

7 “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! If your hand or foot causes you to sin, 8 cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

 (This does not mean that you should literally dismember yourself. It means that you should flee from sin that you are not strong enough to overcome head on. If your friends cause you to sin, cut yourself off from them. If television causes you to sin in some way, cut yourself off from it. Cut yourself off from everything that causes you to sin.)

 


Mark 3:28-29

28 “I tell you the truth, all sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. 29 But whoever blasphemies against the holy spirit will never be forgiven: he is guilty of an eternal sin.” (The teachers of the law called the power by which Jesus did miracles, evil. So they denied that the Holy spirits power was at work, and called Him evil. This was the blasphemy that Jesus was talking about. If you deny the Holy spirit’s power and existence then you cannot be born again. And without being born again you can not be saved.)

 


Mark 7:15

15 Nothing outside a man can make him “unclean” by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean.

  (Jews thought that by eating unclean food, a man was made unclean. Certainly, a man eating unclean food could become sick. Much of the laws made about eating "unclean" animals was to protect the people from eating disease infected animals and getting sick. But eating unclean meat doesn't make the soul unclean, and this was what Jesus was teaching.)


Mark 7:20-23

20 He went on: “what comes out of a man is what makes him “unclean”. 21 For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and make man “unclean.”

  (Jesus explains taht man is made unclean because of what he does from what he builds up in his heart. Any one of the forementioned evils stated by Jesus is what makes a person unclean, and they become contagious, causing other to fall into these same kinds of evil. But Love and the fruits of the spirit are also contagious, and that is why it is taught to bear good fruit.)


Mark 9:42-43

42 “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.

(How often I have seen adults teach their children to curse just because they think it is funny. Then they turn around and punish them later when they hear them cursing. Something that seems so harmless turns into something big and starts the beginning of corruption of a child. This is just one example of this passage.)

 


John 5:14

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.”

(Once the Lord heals you, do not fall back into sin, or your condition may become worse than before. Before you knew the Lord, you were not highly exalted, but you were low in the world of sin. But when you called on the name of the Lord He picked you up. But if you should fall into sin again, you fall from a high place and your fall may cripple you.)

 


Romans 3:5-8

5 But if our unrighteousness brings out Gods righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? (I am using a human argument.). 6 Certainly not! If that were so, how would God judge the world? 7 someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances Gods truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned a sinner?” 8 why not say-as we are being slanderously reported as saying and as some claim that we say- “let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is deserved.

 


Romans 3:20

20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather through the law we become conscious of sin.

 


Romans 6:11-14

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.” 14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

(So many people are stuck in a back and forth tug between sin and holiness, until one side wins. Remember that your body is the temple of the Holy spirit of God. Do not treat it as unholy. Romans 12:1 says, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.")

 


 Romans 13:13-14

13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to glorify the desires of the sinful nature.

  (Many look to selfish desires to please their fleshly appitite. But as children of God, we are to hand over our selfish desires for what God desires for us. Do not look to serve yourself, but instead serve God by serving others.)


1 Peter 4:3-5

3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do- living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give an account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

  (When you give up your old ways of living you may have to give up your friends and even family because of the way they live. It will be hard for them to understand why you won't "party" with them or participate in the activities that they do. In thier eyes they are not doing anything wrong. But you cannot live from your own perspective or outlook on life anymore. You must live from God's perspective.)


1 John 3:4-6

4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appears so that he might take away our sins. And in him no sin is found. 6 No one who lives in him keeps sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

(If you are born again and you sin, you will grieve the holy spirit. You will experience guilt like you have never felt before. This guilt will lead you to repentance. You must keep with repentance throughout your whole Christian life, or you will only make your condition worse. And if you sin never to repent again, then you have denied what was given to you and you will no longer be saved. Paul wrote in Romans 2:13, "For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous." and Jesus said in Matthew 7:21,  “Not everyone who says to me ‘lord, lord’ will be saved but only those who do the will of my father in heaven.” and again In John 14:23 He said, “ If anyone loves me he will obey my teachings. My father will love him and we will come and make our home with him.” and last in Matthew 7:19, “ Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Many people will argue against this but the fact is that if you ask Jesus into your life and leave it at that, and never repent of your ways, you are still destined for hell.)