• John Hicks

Sin


Here are the basic facts regarding sin. The first sin committed by mankind was doubting God's word. The second was eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The third was one person tempting another person to sin. (Genesis 2:16-17 and Genesis 3:1-6). Sin is rooted in and dependant on knowing what is right and what is wrong or in other words the knowledge of good and evil, hence the tree in the garden at the beginning. This is all according to God's standard of what good and evil is. Sin is first and foremost abstract as it begins in the mind and then it often but not always moves into the physical realm where it is physically committed. Eve's first sin was abstract in that she doubted God's word and her second sin was physical in that she ate of the forbidden fruit. Sin is thus both abstract and physical. It is always abstract and very often it transitions to the physical. Being abstract in nature sin is also considered as committed even if nothing at all is physically done. If one knows that something good can be and should be done then it ought to be done. If one does nothing in these cases then that qualifies as sin. (James 4:17) The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23 and Ezekiel 18:20 ) unless one repents of sins that have been committed in the past whether in the mind only or by the mind and through the hands. Future sins are not forgiven by repenting of sins not yet committed in the present. Repentance in the present can only address past sins that have already been committed. (Romans 3:25 and Luke 13:2-5) And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: [17] But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:16-17 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? [2] And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: [3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. [4] And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: [5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. [6] And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Genesis 3:1-6 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. Ezekiel 18:20 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Romans 3:25 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? [3] I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. [4] Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? [5] I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:2-5 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. Ezekiel 18:20 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:3 Bonus! If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9


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