Bible Study: What Is Sin?

Bible Study: What Is Sin?
Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Genesis 4:7

From Genesis 4:7, we see that God was the first to use the word, “sin”, in the Bible.

Sin is mentioned 336 times in the Old Testament and 112 times in the New Testament of the King James Version. The words, sin, sins, sinning and sinned, combined, appear 749 times in the KJV and 930 times in the NIV, in both the Old and New Testaments. So it’s very important to know what it means, and for us to talk about it.

Sin is from the word, hamartia, which means, failure; being in error; and missing the mark.

People have defined sins in different ways, but what does the Bible say it is? Let’s see.

1) Sin is disobeying the word of God (the original sin of Adam and Eve) Genesis 3:8-13

2) Sin is a nature. The original sin of Adam corrupted the original nature of man. Hence, man is born with the nature of sin since the time Adam sinned. Psalm 51:5, Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:3

3) Sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4, Romans 4:15). In the New Testament, it’s the law of love. Not walking in love is sin (1 John 3:23, 2 John 1:5, James 2:8-9)

4) Sin is doing unrighteous deeds (1 John 5:17, 1 John 3:7)

5) Sin is anything done without faith (Romans 14:23)

6) Sin, according to Apostle James, is knowing to do good, and not doing it (James 4:17)

In summary, there are basically two classifications of sin: the sinful nature and then sinful deeds/works/actions.

We’ll continue next week.

Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim

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