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4/14/2013 ~ Understanding Sin


Acknowledging sin confronts each faithful humble heart.
Either a soul recognizes shortcomings or arrogantly denies them.
Extremes range between lightís awareness to darknessís ignorance.

A choice to pursue God or not confronts each spirit of a soul.
Faith in divine awareness or a quasi-random isolated chaos ensues;
~ a trusting believer or non-trusting non-believer.
Control over self indulgence or anything goes. 

Sin is most heinous without Godly fear.


... to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
~ James 4:17


NOT PURSUING GOOD WORKS = SIN

Sin most often spews from ones own mouth.

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, ... ~ Proverbs 10:19

SIN = LOOSE LIPS

Sin is definite in itsí blatant nature.

A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin.
~ Proverbs 21:4


A PROUD HEART
=
SIN
A HAUGHTY LOOK
PLOWING WICKEDNESS

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
~ 1st John 3:4


SIN = LAWLESSNESS

Law establishes separation from the light and dark; goodness from evil.

... by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight,
for by the law is knowledge of sin. ~ Romans 3:20


LAW = KNOWLEDGE OF SIN

For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.
~ Ecclesiastes 7:20


If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us. ~ 1st John 1:8


... my sin is always before me. ~ Psalm 51:3

No one can pass the conviction each of us bears for sin.

... the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law
there is no transgression. ~ Romans 4:15


LAW = WRATH AGAINST SIN

(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed
when there is no law. ... ~ Romans 5:12-13


He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. ...
~ 1st John 3:8


Sin has been with us since the beginning.

The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father,
nor the father bear the guilt of the son. ... ~ Ezekiel 18:20


... by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by
one Man's obedience many will be made righteous. ... ~ Romans 5:18-21


Sin is not inherited.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:23


WAGES OF SIN = DEATH

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
~ 1st Corinthians 15:56


... No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; ...
make the way of escape, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 10:12-13

                └─> Our prayers for an escape should never cease.

TEMPTATION
Luke 11:4      
└─ SIN
───┐
GROWING SIN

HABIT

      James 1:12-15 DEATH

... when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin,
when it is full-grown, brings forth death. ~ James 1:12-15


The sentence for sin is death.
Our only escape from sin is by the Grace of God.


... if you show partiality, you commit sin, ... ~ James 2:8-9

SHOW PARTIALITY = SIN

Sin has subtleties none are able to become totally free of.
We can become more aware of sin as we stumble over mistakes made.
Battling sin is a refinement of the spirit while we draw closer to God.


"If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at
the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it." ~ Genesis 4:7


But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in
Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. ... ~ Galatians 3:22-25


Faith in Christ allows us to become free from the law of sin and death.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free
from the law of sin and death. ~ Romans 8:2


... if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin,
but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. ~ Romans 8:10


... Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. ... ~ Hebrews 9:27-28

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust,
that He might bring us to God ... ~ 1st Peter 3:18




  

  
All
past
sinners
and
believers



All
future
sinners
and
faithful


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... And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. ~ Isaiah 53:6

the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. ~ 1st John 1:7

HIS BLOOD = CLEANSES OUR SINS

And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood,
and without shedding of blood there is no remission. ~ Hebrews 9:22


... To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, ...
~ Revelation 1:5


For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many
for the remission of sins." ~ Matthew 26:28


"To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever
believes in Him will receive the remission of sins." ~ Acts 10:43


To accept Christís mercy as a personal sacrifice for oneís own sin
is to believe in His sacrificed blood, His given body, and join in His life.


... and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached
in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. ... ~ Luke 24:44-49


We believe and trust in Christ for the remission of our sins.

... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name
of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; ... ~ Acts 2:38


"Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,
so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, ..."
~ Acts 3:19-21


... Blot out ... Wash away ...

'... Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins,
calling on the name of the Lord.' ~ Acts 22:16


... to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan
to God, that they may receive forgivness of sins ... ~ Acts 26:18


He calls for us to be immersed in the power of Him

... baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a
good conscience toward God), through the resurection of Jesus Christ, ...
~ 1st Peter 3:21-22


To be forgiven from sin, one must enter through the Spirit of Christ.
This involves are ability to abide in His word.
~ For it to become the LIVING WORD
Where opens a souls passion?


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1st John 1:9


One has to empty one's all to Him and follow His word.

Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ
does not have God. ... ~ 2nd John 1:9


Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
~ Psalm 32:1



FURIOUS WRATH OF GOD

     
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/ FAITHFUL
TRANSGRESSOR
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      UNBELIEVING
TRANSGRESSOR

     

LAW OF SIN/DEATH

Both transgressors are condemned to death for sin.
Truly, for salvations quest, is Christ your shield?


"Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you
do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." ~ John 8:24


... "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven
them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." ~ John 20:21-23


Without His Holy Spirit it is impossible for sins to be forgiven.

... while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found
sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? ... ~ Galatians 2:17-21


... with the mind I myself serve the law of God,
but with the flesh the law of sin. ~ Romans 7:14-25


We are all on precarious paths walking in both spirit and flesh.

... flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these
are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
~ Galatians 5:17


The Law of God will not passover those without Christ.

Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him;
and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. ~ 1st John 3:9


For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are
not under law but under grace. ~ Romans 6:14


Our faith lifts us into His purity.

"For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, ..." ~ Hebrews 8:12

... whatever is not from faith is sin. ~ Romans 14:23

NOT FROM FAITH = SIN

We have faith in His saving Grace over our failures.
Sinís appeal is that itís pleasurable to the flesh.


... to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, ... ~ Hebrews 11:25

If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar,
and His word is not in us. ~ 1st John 1:10


While we live in the corruption of this world,
an incorruptible offer is made to each to be in Christ.

Many ask, how can I, a sinner, be saved?
Doubt is the discouragement of the soul.
Strength is defined by our ability to persevere the climb home.


... I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have
an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. ~ 1st John 2:1


... Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
~ 1st Timothy 1:15


"... I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
~ Matthew 9:13


And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin,
... ~ Romans 6:13


... put on the new man which was created according to God, in true
righteousness ... "Be angry, and do not sin" ... ~ Ephesians 4:22-27


... slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness,
so now present your members as slaves of righteousness ... ~ Romans 6:19


Righteousness.
The Bible instructs us how to grow in our individual faith.
Milk inevitably leads to meat if the bottle is not thrown away.
○ Confidence over Confusion ●


Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
~ 1st John 3:21


Random acts of kindness are for temporary Christians.
Our lives must be purposed as we confidently walk with Him;
Always called to do good works as holding doors open for strangers.


For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, ... ~ Hebrews 10:26-27


... "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. ...
~ John 8:34-36


God has delivered His own truth to the earth.
Will we choose His way or something else of self construction?


... Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits
sexual immorality sins against his own body. ~ 1st Corinthians 6:18


Sin has both external and internal characteristics.

The devising of foolishness is sin, ... ~ Proverbs 24:9

DEVISING OF FOOLISHNESS = SIN

If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, ...
~ 1st John 5:16-17


ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS = SIN

Maturing Christians help one another reach greater heights for His glory.

Now "If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and sinner appear?" ~ 1st Peter 4:18


... caught in the cords of his sin. He shall die for lack of instruction, And
in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray. ~ Proverbs 5:22-23


Godís severity is inevitable as He purges wickedness from His kingdom.

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, ... ~ 2nd Peter 2:4

"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and
sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when
He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." ~ Mark 8:38


The written truth stands over the imaginary doctrines of man.
If we as a people are to find favor with God, our cries must be heard.


Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.
~ Proverbs 14:34


Sin is collectively destructive and brings civilizations to their knees.

... when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch
out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply ... ~ Ezekiel 14:13-14


We can only pray as individuals that the hand of God restores
to our country upright decency in the light of His truth.
Honest Prayer is what saves a people.


... pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin ... ~ 2nd Chronicles 7:14-15


Awareness is a sign of growing wisdom, which is challenged for many.
Lazy minds believe remaining ignorant best,
~ but it is not what God calls for.


"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands
all men everywhere to repent, ..." ~ Acts 17:30


Ignorance leads to destruction and will not save our children.

God calls for us to believe it is He, to repent of our sins, to
confess Him and self, and to be immersed in the name of His Son.


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I AM
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 Hear Now
 Know Good
 and Bad

Belief
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Repent
 
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Confess
 
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 Immersed 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have
rejected knowledge, I also will reject you ... ~ Hosea 4:6


SIN
Accountability
encourages noble qualities.
Recklessness honors no one. 
In the truth of the shortness of life,
we all endure under the hand of oppression.
Liberty can not endure without truth at her side.


God thunders marvelously with His voice;
He does great things which we cannot comprehend. ~ Job 37:5


IN GOD WE TRUST?



 

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