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Thursday, December 15, 2011

What Is Sin? By Art Mokarow

There are a variety of Sins:

1)   BLIND SINS.  Jesus was asked by The Pharisees about their sins, “Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you should have no sin:  but now you say, We see [understand], therefore your sin remains(John 9:41).  Those ignorant to the truth and not knowing the difference between good and evil, their sin is not held against them.  This includes The Atheists, Agnostics and those ignorant to the truth of believing in God.

2)   REPENTANT SINS.  Peter brought up another way for sinners.  Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit [rather than death](Acts 2:38).

3)   FAITH WITH SIN.  An impotent, disabled man was healed on the Sabbath at the pool of Bethesda.  This blind impotent man paid no penalty and was healed. Only his faith forgave his sin and he was healed. Christ told him, “Behold, you are made whole: sin no more, less a worse thing come to [upon] thee(John 5:14).

4)   ALL SINS FORGIVEN.  Christ defined the forgiveness of sin because of His sacrifice and was ready to forgive any man for committing any type of sin.

5)   ALL MANNER OF SIN.  This sin is all encompassing, if you believe you are in Jesus?  He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters abroad.  Wherefore I say to you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven to men(Matthew 12:30-31).  If you follow Christ all your sins and any blasphemy you may have caused are forgiven.  Your sins are automatically wiped out just by believing and following Christ.  No Law keeping is involved.  This doesn’t mean we should sin but by faith we do not sin or cause any harm (I John 5:17).

6)   THE UNPARDONABLE SIN.  What is amazing about The Unpardonable Sin has nothing to do with Law or any Commandment, “But the blasphemy [hostility] against the Holy Ghost [Spirit] shall not be forgiven unto men [the world].  And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of Man [Christ] it shall be forgiven him: but whosever speaks [does not heed] against the Holy Ghost [Spirit], it shall not be forgiven him, in this world, neither in the world to come(Matthew 12:31-32).  Pretty clear!

Paul gives a new meaning for sin.  Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men [humanity], for that all have sinned:  (For until the law [Moses] sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law(Romans 5:12-13).  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude [likeness] of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure [Christ] of him that was to come(Romans 5:14).  But not as the offence [against life], so also is the free gift.  For if through the offence of one [Tree of Life] many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift of God [life] and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, has abounded to many” (Romans 5:12).  Sounds confusing or is it? 


Paul, The Apostle, defined “sin” as “greater than breaking a Law.”  One can sin in different ways than just transgressing a law.  Sin, also, can be more than any Law.  A Law can be transgressed and have curses or penalties.  According to The Law no sin is done without a Law with its judgments.  Sins go far beyond Laws with penalties with decrees.  What sin did Adam commit which extended to the whole world?

Notice what God had to do for the good of humanity including Adam and Eve. “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of [mankind] us [including the angels], to know good and evil: and now, less he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat and live forever(Genesis 3:22).

God had to remove His Free Gift of Eternal Life for man’s good.  Adam and Eve did not sin after any law but on their own chose to die and to make up their own minds as to what is good or evil.  Their sin was not against any Law but their offence cut themselves off by their decision to die.  God had to exile them from, God’s House and The Garden so they wouldn’t sin and be miserable forever by eating The Tree of Life.

Sin is far greater than The Transgression of The Law by Moses (I John 3:4).  A “transgression” means “to go against something which causes a penalty.”  That is why Paul said The Law was only given to a certain type of person or people for their own good (I Timothy 1:7-11).

The Law is given for the good of people who are criminals and carnal.  The Law is therefore good and just to keep a society civilized and not end up killing each other.  God gave Moses − The Law − because they were transgressors (Galatians 3:19).

There are many types of sin.  That is why the definition for sin in Hebrew and Greek is to “miss the mark.”  What “mark?”  There are many marks they could miss by sinning.

John, The Apostle gives you The Biblical answer, “All unrighteousness [wrong doing] is sin: and there is a sin not to death(I John 5:17).

Sin can be a transgression, a debt, an iniquity, or more.  Sin is missing the mark of anything that isn’t perfect and Holy as God.

God is making man in His image so an individual can receive The Gift of Eternal Life in an Eternal Paradise (Genesis 1:26).  Adam and Eve decided on their own to lose The Tree of Life by choosing death and being exiled from God’s house and Paradise.  That was their sin!  Christ had to come to save the world (I John 4:14).

John said there were sins that didn’t produce death. Wow!  What kind of sin has no death?

The unpardonable sin has nothing to do with Laws, Covenants or Commands but God’s Holy Spirit in this human life under The New Heaven and on The New Earth.  It is still sin but unpardonable because only by The Holy Spirit do we know The Truth to receive Salvation. 

Sin is Missing The Mark but what kind of mark?  It all has to come down to one point.  Either by God’s Holy Spirit seeking God and being in His image or not.

You either grow − spiritually − by God’s Holy Spirit or not grow spiritually (Matthew 12:33).  If you do, all your fruit will be good.  That’s it.  All other sins will not only be forgiven but forgotten.

Sin is not only keeping a Law, but growing from “faith to faith” and “being justified by your faith(Romans 1:17).  God’s Holy Spirit leads you to “the truth” and your obedience is determined by your faith.  Whatsoever is not of faith is a sin and that is unpardonable because you are rejecting God’s Holy Spirit (Romans 14:23).