Christian doctrine is incomplete without teaching on sin. The Bible confirms sin’s existence and it is evident in our society and people’s lives.
What is Sin?
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It is plain and simple from this verse that every man has committed sins and fallen short of God’s expectations.
So let us see what the Bible says about sin and 5 important things that many don’t know about:
1. The Biblical definition of Sin
According to the word of God, sin is knowingly disobeying the rules of God (1 John 3:4).
1 John 1:8-10 “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
When we sin we miss our mark of living in a virtuous way and fail to meet God’s commandments.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
But our God is faithful to us and has promised us that He will not tempt us beyond our limits and will also provide us a way to escape from it.
2. Heavenly origin of Sin
Sin originated in Lucifer when he was filled with pride and wanted to rule in heaven.
This was before the fall of Adam and originated in the free will of Lucifer who wanted to rebel against the Creator.
He was thrown out of heaven by God (Ezekiel 28:18) but continues to visit heaven as is evidenced in (Job 1:6-12; Zechariah 3:1,2).
But in Ezekiel 28:18 it says that Satan was totally cast out of God’s heavenly government and his place of authority (Luke 10:18).
3. The Sins mentioned in the Bible
There are hundreds of sins mentioned in the Bible, the most important were condensed into the Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God (Exodus 20).
God wants the best for us and so He wants to give us wisdom and keep us from wrong choices that He knows will harm us.
4. The Unpardonable Sin
There is one sin that a person commits which cannot be forgiven in this age or in the age to come: blaspheming against the Holy Spirit.
What is blaspheming the Holy Spirit?
Jesus spoke about this topic, “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” (Mark 3:28-29).
5. How to be forgiven of our Sins?
Jesus came to “seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
Through the redemption provided by His death and resurrection, Jesus made a way for us all to be cleansed of our sins, and gave us the chance to spend eternity with Him in heaven. We only need to accept the offer and ask Him to forgive us.
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”(John 5:24) (NIV)