SIN - What is Sin? Sin is the transgression of the law of God – 1John 3:4/ When lust (which is ingrained in our corrupt nature – Mark 7:20-23) gets conceived (when we make provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts – when we let sin reign in our mortal body – when we yield our members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin – when we yield ourselves servants to obey sin unto death – Rom 6:12,13,16/13:14), it brings forth sin – James 1:14,15/ Adam transgressed the law of God – Gen 3:3/Rom 5:12-17/1Tim 2:14/Gal 3:22/Rom 7:14/ To him that knows to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin – James 4:17/ When ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ – 1Cor 8:12. So you see, when sin is referred to, it speaks in relation to the law. A covenant consists of commandments, seal and promises. The old Covenant was faulty (Heb 8:7,8), but we must not be ignorant of the fact that God had brought in a new one (a better covenant - Heb 8:6 - which too has its law, promises and seal). Ergo, transgression of the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus too be counted as “sin” (Heb 2:3/10:28,29).
*Are we freed from sin? No. Our flesh, which is corrupt - Eph 4:22/Rom 7:17-20 - isn't reinstated yet - or the redemption of our vile body isn't taken place yet - Rom 8:23/Phil 3:21 - For he that is dead alone is freed from sin - Rom 6:7. *But we are freed from the power/dominance/jurisdiction of sin/ and we now hold the rein - Rom 6:12-14,16/13:14/1Cor 9:27/2Cor 10:5 - Yet not without sin! - Rom 7:24-27/1John 1:8/2Cor 7:1/Eph 4:22/1Pet 4:1,2/John 15:2/Mark 7:20-23. *Then what are we remitted from? Remission of sins that are past - Rom 3:25/ Redeemed of the transgressions that were under the first testament - Heb 9:15/ Purged from old sins- 2Pet 1:9/ The times of this ignorance God winked at - Acts 17:30. *If we sin willfully (transgress the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus/ the perfect law of liberty - Rom 8:2/James 1:25/2:12) after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins - Heb 10:26/ He that despised Moses' Law died without mercy - Of how much sorer punishment to us, if we continue in sin - Heb 10:28,29/Rom 6:1. If yecommit sin (if we perpetrate that which our corrupt nature already is disposed/constituted of – James 1:14,15/Mark 7:20-23/Matt 5:28/Rom 7:24-27/Eph 4:22/Jeremiah 17:9), then ye are convinced of the law as transgressors - James 2:9. *But are we under the law anymore? If we are led of the Spirit, we are not under the law of Moses (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ – 1Cor 9:21/ the righteousness of the law shall be fulfilled in us who walks after the Spirit - Rom 8:4). Because the first covenant (a covenant consists of commandments, seal and promises) was faulty – Heb 7:19 - a second better one was sought and was established upon better promises – Heb 8:6,7 – that is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus – the perfect law of liberty – the Royal law – Rom 8:3/James 1:25/ we shall be judged by that law – James 2:8,12. We know that what thing so-ever the law says, it says to them who are under the law - Rom 3:19 – Law of Moses exposed sin - Rom 7:7 - It was imposed on them - Heb 9:10 - Christ did not abolish the law - Matt 5:17/1Tim 1:8/ for it is holy, just and good - Rom 7:12,16; but the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that’s what He abolished - Eph 2:15. *To initiate us into the kingdom of Christ/ to justify and to reconcile us to God - to make us walk in newness of life, the Blood of Christ alone would suffice - that is justification of life - a free gift to all who would believe in the shed blood of the sinless lamb of God - Rom 3:24/5:18. *Sanctification of the Spirit and the washing of water by the Word and sufferings alone purifies our soul of its depravity – 1Thes 4:3/Eph 5:26/James 1:21/Heb 12:10,11/2Thes 1:4,5/Job 23:10/John 15:2/1Pet 1:22/4:12-14/5:10/1Tim 4:5/2Tim 2:21.
Can anyone of us then look down on or judge those who perpetrate sin? NO. Are we better than those that commit sin? NO. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8).
God would brand a person as “righteous and holy” the very moment he believes in the substitutionary Atonement of Jesus Christ (Rom 4:25/5:11,19/Heb 9:22/2Cor 5:21/1Cor 1:30/Eph 5:1-2/Isaiah 53:4-6/1Pet 2:24/1John 2: 2/4:10), to help him walk in newness of life, and not in corruption and bondage again. Being dead in your sins and the un-circumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross (Col 2:13,14). Does that mean, we need no more of cleansing? No. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child (newborn in Christ)(Pro 22:15); and just like the toddlers are trained and taught; our good Father also, who is in heaven, allow us to go through many a process to purge all impurities from within us (Heb 12:5-11/ Job 5:17/Pro 3:11/John 15:2). At the same time, the word of God also invades even the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, to bring into light all the intents of our hearts (Heb 4:12/John 15:3/ 1Tim 4:5), which would result, in an ongoing transformation into the likeness of God’s dear Son Jesus. Ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit (1Pet 1:22).
God can only set us free from all clutches and tyranny of sin that dwells in our flesh (nature), which continuously drag us away from doing the things of the Spirit (Rom 7:14-25); when we make up our minds to mortify the deeds of the body with its lusts and affections, through the Spirit, and reckon ourselves dead unto sin (Rom 8:13/1Pet 4:1,2/Gal 5:24). Sin will always try to influence you: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof; neither yield ye your members asinstruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God (our compliance is required) as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God (Rom 6:1-13). For (then) sin shall not have dominion over you (14).
For if we sin willfully (also means, loving this present world like Demas, departing from faith –1Tim 4:1/2Tim 4:4,10/1John 2:15,16/James 4:4 – and err from faith –1Tim 6:10/Heb 6:4-6/ Jude 5 – dreadful among all sins – sin unto death –1John 5:16,17 – done willfully – intentionally - by personal choice – we have no right to pray for such –1John 5:16 – for it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance (if they fall away); seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame - Heb 6:4-6 - As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly/ if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein (and be entangled with the pollutions of the world), and overcome – Heb 6:4-6/10:26-29/Pro 26:11/2Pet 2:20-22/1John 2:15,16/James 4:4/Rom 12:2 - who through the absence of faith denies the Lord that bought them, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of - 2Pet 2:1/1Cor 10/15:17/John 12:48/Rom 11:20-22 - Example: Judas Iscariot, Demas, Ananias and Sapphira etc... Matt 26:14/2Tim 4:10/Acts 5). Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man whose heart departs from the Lord (Jeremiah 17:5). Know that Jesus cannot shed the blood again, and without shedding of blood is no remission (Heb 9:22). There will be no more offering for sin (singular – which God had condemned in the flesh of His Son)(Heb 10:18/ Rom 5:12-/8:3). He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing (by spiritual fornication – that is coalescing with the world or be carnally oriented), and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? (Heb 10:26-29) after that we have received the knowledge of the truth (after that you are cut loose from the umbilical cord of the Spirit, to be led – them that are mature in spirit, that are of full age – Heb 5:13,14), there remains no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries (1Cor 11:30/Rom 6:19/8:13 - KJV - but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin (this sin is due to the presence of sin within everyone of us– Rom 6:16/7:23/1John 1:8-10/2Cor 7:1 - sin not unto death –1John 5:16,17, yet could lead to death if neglected or unattended – Rom 8:13); and hence, when we confess our sins (if we are remorseful), he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness –1John 1:7,9 – All unrighteousness is sin -1John 5:17 - and whatsoever is not of faith is sin - Rom 14:23.