Sin

Sin:

It is easy for us to believe that we are really quite good individuals, that we really have not done too much wrong, that "there are worse folks than me in the world after all".   God however see things so differently from us.   He sees every thought, action and word of ours and He judges each one according to His perfect standard.   We can be deceived into believing that if we are brought up in a good family with high moral standards and that we are one of the best behaving in our school/college/workplace that we will manage to meet God's standard in our lives and we will be OK, we will make it to heaven. 
 
The Consequences of Sin:

Eternal Consequences:
Due to our fallen nature at birth and the fact that we are incapable of 'fixing' the sin problem on our own we are then considered impure and unholy in God's eyes, we can however do something that will rectify the situation.   Our sin is the one thing that will separate us from God eternally Matthew 25 makes it clear what happens to those whose sin is not dealt with.   If we do nothing about it then we cannot have our sins taken away.   However God has made a way through Jesus sacrifice on the cross of Calvary for our sin problem to be removed.

Consequences now:
Not all of the consequences of sin can be considered eternal, some of sin's consequences are evident in our lives even now.  Sickness and disease are a direct consequence of the fallen state of mankind.   The sin of Adam and Eve has a direct effect on all of us today.
God makes it abundantly clear in the Bible what sin is, and what it is not, therefore we have no excuse regarding our own personal sin.   On reading the book of Romans chapter 1 for example we see how God views sin and its consequences.  We can easily try to justify ourselves and argue the point to make it go away as we endeavour to hide from or make excuses for our sin, however God allows us no place to hide and He accepts no excuse or self justification.

Freedom from Sin:
 
The Bible says we are all 'born in sin', we did not get the opportunity to start with a clean sheet, even from the time we were conceived we were sinful.  To find out more on the subject of sin click here.   Of course we do sin during our lives but sin is in our spiritual DNA if you like, not that we have a 'sin gene' as some might like to think, giving them an excuse for sinning.   It seems so unfair that we are 'lumbered' with this fundamental, intrinsic flaw which separates us from a loving and holy God but this is what the Bible, God's Word, teaches.   The Good News is that Jesus has made a Way for us to be free from our sin and that is through His amazing sacrifice on the cross of Calvary for us.   He paid the price for our sins, His perfect sacrifice means we do not need to bear the consequences of our DNA sin or of our lifetime's sin. John 3:16.   Jesus is described in many ways throughout the Bible but in Isaiah 53 there is a very special description of Jesus the Christ, He is decribed 'prophetically' as the one who takes our sins away.   Of course when Jesus went to the cross He did take our sins upon Himself.


Sinner's prayer:

Jesus told the story one day of a religious man and a tax collector who prayed to God (Luke 18) their prayers were so different and only one was acceptable to God.  So often we can wrongly believe we are righteous because of our good deeds, or even because we believe we dont have too many bad deeds on our record.   God looks for those who humble themselves before  Him (Micah 6:8).  However the most important action of humility is to admit that we are sinners and that we cannot, in our own strength, fulfill God's perfect standard, to acknowledge that the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, shedding his blood and dying for us all (including me) is what counts.  The humility of yielding our whole life to Him as Saviour and Lord is what God sees as righteousness.   Our righteousness looks like filthy rags to God.  John the Baptist challenged the religious people of his day to check themselves out in this way, but when He sees Jesus' righteousness upon us He welcomes us into His presence.

The prophet Isaiah was shocked by his own unsuitability to meet God in Isaiah chapter 6, he is confronted by his personal sin and un-holiness in comparison to God's Glory and Holiness.   He needs his sit to be atoned for and God sends a heavenly being to deal with his sin so he can meet with God.   In the same way in the New testament Jesus is our means of atonement (The doctrine concerning the reconciliation of God and humankind, especially as accomplished through the life, suffering, and death of Christ.)   He is the only one who can reconcile us to God again, His suffering, death and resurrection make it possible for us to be 'Born Again' as described in John's Gospel chapter 3

A song sung in many churches reads like this:
I AM COVERED OVER WITH THE ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT 
JESUS GIVES TO ME, GIVES TO ME,
I AM COVERED OVER WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS 
AND HE LIVES IN ME, LIVES IN ME,
WHAT A JOY IT IS TO KNOW MY HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES ME SO, 
HE GIVES TO ME, MY JESUS,
WHEN HE LOOKS AT ME HE SEES NOT WHAT I USE TO BE, BUT 
HE SEES JESUS, JESUS   (Unknown Author).
To find a prayer to help you ask God for His forgiveness and to help you receive Christ as Saviour and Lord of your life click here.
To find out more on SIN please visit the Introductory Theology page
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