What is Sin? The Bible Answers…

14 Explanations of Sin According to the Bible by Robert G. Lee

Sin separates us from God

(1) Sin is transgression of the law-lawlessness.

1 John 3:4, “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.”

(2) Sin is a grievous malady, contaminating the whole man’s being.

Isaiah 1:4-5, “Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.” 

Romans 3:10-18, “as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.’ ‘Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.’ ‘The venom of asps is under their lips.” ‘Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.’ ‘Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.’ ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes.'”
(3) Sin is an obscuring cloud, which hides the face of God’s blessing.

Isaiah 59:2, “but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”

(4) Sin is a binding cord, which holds man in its power.

Proverbs 5:22, “The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.”

(5) Sin is a tyrannical owner, who embitters the lives of his slaves.

Nehemiah 9:37, “And its rich yield goes to the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins. They rule over our bodies and over our livestock as they please, and we are in great distress.”

(6) Sin is a disturber of rest, which causes disorder and anxiety.

Psalm 38:3, “There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.”

(7) Sin is a robber of blessing, which strips and starves the soul.

Jeremiah 5:25, “Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have kept good from you.”

(8) Sin is a terrible devastation, which brings untold desolation.

Micah 6:13, “Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow, making you desolate because of your sins.”

(9) Sin is a tripper-up, which continually overthrows the sinner to his hurt.

Proverbs 13:6, “Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked.”

(10) Sin is a record writer, which leaves its indelible mark upon the committer.

Jeremiah 17:1, “The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars.”

(11) Sin is a betraying presence, which “will out” no matter what pains are taken to hide it.

Ezekiel 21:24, “Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you have made your guilt to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your deeds your sins appear—because you have come to remembrance, you shall be taken in hand.”

(12) Sin is a sure detective, which turns upon the sinner and finds him out.

Numbers 32:23, “But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out.”

(13) Sin is an accusing witness, which points its condemning finger at the prisoner in the bondage of sin.

Isaiah 59:12, “For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities.”

(14) Sin is the sum of addition which accumulates its weight to the condemnation of the sinner.

Isaiah 30:1, “Ah, stubborn children,” declares the Lord, ‘who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.'”

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Marin Bible Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca., and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 30 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and seven grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship of resources, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

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