Food For Thought
My Friends, Sin Is Real!
For Wicked men, who desire to continue in sin, yet affirm it is just a figment of man’s
imagination. Sin’s existence is not the result of inherited depravity,
genetic deformity, or environmental deficiency (Eze. 18:20).
Yet, sin exists. “Sin is a fact of experience,
of observation, and of revelation”.
What is sin? Sin means to miss the mark (John 1:29), to
violate one’s conscience (whether properly trained, or not
[Rom. 14:23]), to fail to do the good one should (Jam. 4:17),
to transgress the law (1 John 3:4), and to do unrighteousness
(1 John 5:17).
Here my Friends, is a list of eight basic
words in the Hebrew (Old Testament) which describe sin.
bad (Gen. 38:7), wickedness (Exo. 2:13), guilt
(Hos. 4:15), sin (Exo. 20:20), iniquity (1 Sam. 3:13), err (Isa.
28:7), wander away (Eze. 48:11), or rebel (1 Kings 8:50).
Additionally, my friends, view my lists of twelve basic words in the Greek (New
Testament). They are: bad (Rom. 13:3), evil (Mat. 5:45), godless
(Rom. 1:18), guilt (Mat. 5:21), sin (1 Cor. 6:18), unrighteousness
(1 Cor. 6:9), lawlessness (1 Tim. 2:9), transgression (Rom. 5:14),
to be ignorant (Rom. 1:13), to go astray (1 Cor. 6:9), to fall
away (Gal. 6:1), and hypocrite (1 Tim. 4:2).
The first time the word sin appears in our English Bibles
(King James Version), of the hundreds of times it does occur,
is in Genesis 4:7. The original word (in Genesis 4:7) can mean
an offense, or the offering for the offense. In this passage, it
indicates an offering which must be made because of sin; that
is, the commission of sin necessitated an offering made to
God in order for the sinner to obtain forgiveness. This is an
important Bible principle (cf. Lev. 17:11).
Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve transgressed
the plainly given command of God (Gen. 2:16-17), a command
which they both understood (Gen. 3:2-3), but which they
both disobeyed (1 Tim. 2:13-14; 2 Cor. 11:3). By Adam, sin,
and its tragic results, “entered into the world.”
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world,
and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men,
for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in
the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no
law…) (Rom. 5:12-13; cf 1 Cor. 15:21-22, 45).
Sin had existed outside the world before the fall of
Adam and Eve, for Satan had sinned “from the beginning”:
“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth
from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1
John 3:8; cf. John 8:44). Apparently, Satan was one of the angels
of Heaven, but sinned [perhaps, because of pride] (Jude 6; 2
Pet. 2:4; 1 Tim. 3:6; Luke 10:18).
His temptation of Adam and Eve, through the three
avenues of “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and
the pride of life” (Gen. 3:6; cf. 1 John 2:15-17), and their
succumbing to temptation (Jam. 1:13-16; 1 Cor. 10:13; Luke
11:14), was by their hearing, believing, and obeying a lie (Gen.
3:4)—and, resulted in their being cursed and cast forth from
the Paradise of Eden (Gen. 3:16-19, 23-24). The sad account
of the fall of Adam and Eve forcefully and vividly demonstrates
the reality of sin.
THE REACTION TO SIN
My Friends, God’s reaction to the sin of the first pair, Adam and Eve,
shows just how serious our Heavenly Father considers the
problem of sin to be. Another example of God’s reaction to sin
is in the divinely given record of events prior to the worldwide
flood in Noah’s day.
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in
the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his
heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD
that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at
his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom
I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and
beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for
it repenteth me that I have made them (Gen. 6:5-7).
God’s destruction of the world by the flood, because
of man’s sin (2 Pet. 3:5), exhibits how God hates sin--it is an
abomination to Him (Pro. 6:16-18). Therefore, God has warned
man of a prepared place of perpetual punishment and pain for
the wicked (Mat. 25:41), for sin cannot abide in the presence
of God (v. 46).
My Friends, Why should not God so react? Sin destroyed the purity of
His creation, put man at enmity with Him, brought forth upon
mankind pain, sorrow, suffering, separation, and death, and finally
demanded the death of God’s Son on the cruel cross of Calvary
(Isa. 53). Yes, God hates sin, and rightfully so! While God hates
sin, He mercifully proved His great love for all men, by giving
His Son to die for sinners (1 John 2:2; John 1:29; 1 Tim. 2:4).
The “Golden Text Of The Bible” affirms the great love of
God, even for sinful man: “For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Likewise,
Paul assured the Romans (and all of us):
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then,
being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from
wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we
were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much
more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And
not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement
My Friends, We have noted, from the Scriptures, God’s reaction to sin. What is man’s reaction? Man’s reaction may be varied. See if You May know anyone like this my friends? Some (most), deny responsibility and seek to blame someone else for
their sins (Gen. 3:12-13; Exo. 32:22-24; 1 Sam. 15:15, 21). How
many lost men have you met who would truthfully admit they
were in sin? Some enjoy sin (Exo. 32:6), and revel in its pleasures
and excesses. Some are proud of sin, and even boast of their sins
to others. Some envy sinners (Pro. 23:17). While they will not
do what others do, they really WISH they could! Some tarry in
sin, “intending” some time, some how, some way, some day to
put sin behind them, and get ready for eternity, but most never
follow through on their “good intentions” (Acts 24:25).
Yes, most deny they have sinned (1 John 1:10), but notice
the good example for all given by the “prodigal” when he “came
And when he came to himself, he said, How many
hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and
to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to
my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned
against heaven, and before thee, And am no more
worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy
hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father.
But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him,
and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and
kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have
sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more
worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his
servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him;
and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And
bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and
be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again;
he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry
Instead of repenting of their transgressions and honestly
confessing, “I have sinned,” you may hear from them my friends, “ Well I would
repent, but: (1) He (one who wronged them) will not repent, (2) I would
be embarrassed, (3) It was just a little sin, (4) I enjoy it and want
to continue in it, (5) I am too proud to say I did wrong, (6) I do
a lot of good things, (7) Nobody saw me do it [God did], or (8) I
did not do any worse than (someone else) did!” How sad! My friends, do you Know anyone like this?
My Friends Man's reaction should be one of sorrow, shame, regret, abhorrence of
the sin committed, repentance, confession, and after seeking forgiveness,
determination to do differently, to do and be better, and to live a
holy, pure, righteous life pleasing to God—because of love for God
(1 John 5:3), and gratitude for His great grace matchless mercy and full forgiveness.
My Friends I now ask you, Is Sin For Real To You?