People get thrown by the word sin, it sounds so medieval. It is just a word for law. A sinner is simply someone who breaks God’s law.
Our judgments are too easily influenced by emotions, pride and even outside pressures. What is right and and what is wrong doesn’t change with societal whims. God has given us a fixed point of reference that is rooted in his character. We may disagree with God’s mandate for us, but he is the law giver and ultimately the judge.
Definition of Sin;
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
- any voluntary transgression of the divine law, or violation of a divine command;
Definition of Crime
- An action or omission which constitutes an offence and is punishable by law
There are laws in society people don’t agree with, yet, if we ignore and transgress them, we suffer the consequences. Why should we think that it would be any different with God’s law?
There are many different kinds of laws, some we understand some we do not. The laws of physics for example, or the law of gravity many may not understand.
Newton’s law of gravitation, statement that any particle of matter in the universe attracts any other with a force varying directly as the product of the masses and inversely as the square of the distance between them. In symbols, the magnitude of the attractive force F is equal to G (the gravitational constant, a number the size of which depends on the system of units used and which is a universal constant) multiplied by the product of the masses (m1 and m2) and divided by the square of the distance R: F = G(m1m2)/R2
Physical and Spiritual Laws
Now you may read that and say that sounds silly, or stupid or you just don’t believe it. But I can guarantee that if you step off a bridge, you’re going to experience the law at work first hand. The laws of nature are not up for debate or alternate interpretation. The same goes for super-nature, or spiritual laws. We may not understand their full purpose, or agree with some, but they exist never the less.
Matthew 5:18; For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. – Jesus
Hebrews 13:8; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Does that mean we have to follow the hundreds of laws and regulations that the ancient Jews had to follow? No. Some of those laws were cultural, some sanitary, or dietary and others absolute. But Jesus came to fulfill the requirements of God’s law that we could never do.
Matthew 5:17; Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. – Jesus
Matthew 22:37-40; Jesus replied: ’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
I’m a Good Person
No one can get to heaven by following rules and trying to be good. The law was given to show us that we are all sinners, and point us to Christ.
Romans 3:10,12; As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous—not even one… No one does good, not a single one.
Romans 3:19-20; Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
Galatians 5:4; For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.
We stand guilty as sure as we were before a federal judge for a capital offense, and the penalty is death. We might not agree with the death penalty law in God’s law or criminal law, but we are subject to the consequences of our actions, or inaction.
Jesus Did What We Cannot
That is unless we allow Jesus to be our substitute. Jesus has already been convicted of our sin and the penalty has been paid. When we trust him and give him our life, so he can win others through us, he stands before the judge in our place, freeing us from the sentence we deserve.
In return, he only asks that we trust him, and stop willingly continuing to do the things he served our sentence for.
Because of his spirit within us, we can live the life he wants us to. But if we fail at times, he is there with his grace. His grace is not for those who abuse it by continuing to transgress or ignoring his ultimate sacrifice. For those who are sincere, God’s grace allows us to keep trying, to keep getting up and not giving up.
- JUSTICE is getting what we deserve
- MERCY is not getting what we deserve
- GRACE is getting what we do not deserve
1 John 2:1-2; My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
God’s law has not changed over time and will not change. He is the law giver and the judge. Our objections and protests on our day in court will not carry any weight.
Matthew 25:31-32, 46; When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats…
Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. – Jesus
Are we righteous? No. It is Jesus’ righteousness the Father sees and accepts when we trust in his son Jesus. When the Judge looks at our rap sheet on the last day, he will see Jesus rap sheet covering ours.
If we don’t have Jesus, the rap sheet the judge sees will be our own. It will contain every thought, motive, intention and deed we have ever done, or failed to do. If there is one transgression of God’s law on there, we stand convicted. It does not matter how many good deeds we have done, good deeds don’t erase bad ones.
James 2:10; For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.
Romans 6:23; For the wages of sin [those who break the law] is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
Praise God, this is the Gospel [Which means good news]
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