"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
(1 John 3:4 KJV)
"All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death."
(1 John 5:17 KJV)
A concise definition for sin that seemed appropriate was hard to find so let's look at things that are often considered sinful: We often think of sin as doing something wrong by breaking Our Awesome God's laws or rules. Sinning can also be thought of as well as doing something wrong. These "somethings" usually offend people, are violent or show a form of lovelessness toward people. They are definitely a form of rebellion toward God. But sin, the very concept, is very complex and it involves a condition of the heart that causes it to become corrupt and evil if left unchecked. (The above information is paraphrased from Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology on line.) So it is important that we understand some things about sin.
There are two broad concepts found in the Hebrew and Greek Bible manuscripts for the word "sin". By far the most words for "sin" are literally translated meaning to "miss the mark". It means to miss the mark for which you were aiming. This idea of "sin" then includes the concept of going one way, only to get off the path and go another way where we didn't intend to go, causing us to not end up where we were going. We sinned and "missed the mark." The second concept is of "transgression." A definition for "transgress" would be "to step across" or "to go beyond a boundary or limit." So in this concept one has sinned when they "stepped across" or went "beyond the limit" set. We, therefore, need to know Our Awesome God's laws found in His Holy Bible and His character in order to know what He considers a sin.
Although completely defining "sin" may be difficult, most people recognize sin when they encounter it. To avoid sinning is the goal of all Christians, and since all people will be judged by Jesus Christ, it should be the goal or "mark" that He set for people. Read Our Awesome God's Holy Bible daily at least, and study what His word really means. Scripture verses are often quoted alone and said to mean something other than the meaning seen when viewed in the context of verses surrounding them. Avoid cults that offer self-serving "new" interpretations and attend His church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin.
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior.
Flo & Bill