Punishment and Suffering PART 2a: All About Sin

 

I. INTRODUCTION:

After I talked about God’s punishment and the reason for it, it’s really a good next step to study about sin. And if you ask me why I do need to give emphasis to this, all I can say is, there’s a need for us to be confronted about this. Because as long as you do not know that what you keep on doing is a sin, you will keep on sinning. I even heard some people before who think they haven’t sinned because they acted so good for that certain day, but to be honest, although we should be dead to sin, sin can still creep in our lives if we don’t know that there are still things in our lives that we do not label as a sin. That’s why there is always a need for God’s Spirit to illuminate our sins so that we will be aware, and by His work, we will know how to fight against it. Our flesh belongs to the world, that’s why we keep on groaning for a rebirth. And if you are not aware what are the things you should stop doing, sanctification will always be slow.

And as you have observed, I rarely give my personal ideas on this series except if it’s an introduction or the conclusion. There’s a need for us to tell the purest thoughts that really came from the Bible when it comes to this topic, and since the Bible is God’s Word, there’s no need for me to defend it by giving you my personal thoughts on that certain verse. Because if God’s Spirit is really guiding you, you’ll get the real message of the Word without having my aid. Also, to avoid confusion, I’d rather state the Word of God the purest as it is.

II.ORIGIN OF SIN AND ITS EXTENT

A. ORIGINAL SIN

  • Adam and Eve Disobeyed God’s Command: “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. -Genesis 3:1-7
  • Their Sin Passed Down to All Humans: ” Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many (Romans 5:12-15).”For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).

B. PRESENT AND EXTENT OF SIN

  • There Is Sin In Everyone: “The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one (Psalm 14:2-3). “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. Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 10-23).”
  •  Present Already at Conception: “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,and in sin did my mother conceive me.” -Psalm 51:5
  • Makes heart deceitful and desperately wicked. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that ever intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5).”The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick;  who can understand it (Jeremiah 17:9)?” “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone (Matthew 15:18-20).”
  • Christ alone was without sin. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).” “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).”He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth (1 Peter 2:22).” “You know that He appeared in order to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin (1 John 3:5).

C. GOD AND HUMAN SIN

1. His Negative Reaction

  • Breaks God’s Heart. “And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to His heart.” –Genesis 6:6
  • He is angry over sin. “They spoke against God, saying, ‘Can God spread a table in the wilderness? He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can He also give bread or provide meat for His people?’ Therefore, when the Lord heard, He was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; His anger rose against Israel..Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep His testimonies, but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers; they twisted like a deceitful bow.For they provoked him to anger with their high places; they moved him to jealousy with their idols. When God heard, He was full of wrath, and He utterly rejected Israel (Psalm 78: 19-21,56-59).” “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:36).” “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth (Romans 1:18).”
  • He Hates sin. “The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers (Psalm 5:5).” “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers (Proverbs 6:16-19).”
  • He Punishes Sin. “‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.’ To the woman He said, ‘I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children.Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.’ And to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return (Genesis 3:15-19).” “Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him. My people—infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them.O my people, your guides mislead you and they have swallowed up the course of your paths. The Lord has taken his place to contend; he stands to judge peoples. The Lord will enter into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: ‘It is you who have devoured the vineyard, the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor?’ declares the Lord God of hosts. The Lord said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their eyes, mincing along as they go, tinkling with their feet, therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents; the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves; the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets; the signet rings and nose rings; the festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags; the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils. Instead of perfume there will be rottenness; and instead of a belt, a rope; and instead of well-set hair, baldness; and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty. Your men shall fall by the sword and your mighty men in battle. And her gates shall lament and mourn; empty, she shall sit on the ground (Isaiah 3:11-26). “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities (Amos 3:2).”

2) His Positive Reaction

  • He Sent His Son to Die for Sinners. “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).” “but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).”
  • He Forgives Sin. “The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation (Exodus 34:6-7).'” “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).”
  • He Removes Sin Far Away. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. -Psalm 103:8-12
  • He Sweeps Away Sin. “I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.” -Isaiah 44:22
  • He hurls sin away. “He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. -Micah 7:19
  • He Puts Sin Behind His Back. “Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back.” -Isaiah 38:17
  • He No Longer Remembers Our Sin. “And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” -Jeremiah 31:34

TO BE CONTINUED…

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