VI. What Is Sin?
Sin is the government ruling over every living thing on Earth. It is responsible for every affliction
and death imposed on life. Sin exists for only one reason: Satan’s hatred of GOD. His
hatred is carried out by his open defiance of GOD’S laws preserving life and love. Satan’s
has brought untold suffering to GOD’S creatures, robbing from them the peace and joy GOD created them to receive “In
the beginning.” Therefore, the 1st rule of sin is violence.
Satan’s war against life’s tranquility goes back to the first “war in heaven” (Rev.12:7-9) when he waged
war against his Creator—attempting to conquer the very throne of GOD. After losing this battle for
the supremacy he then brought his rebellion to Earth, seducing Adam and Eve into becoming entangled in his defiance of GOD’S
laws that govern life’s perpetuation and tranquility. Since then, Satan has led all men
to imitate his defiance of GOD to one degree or another. He instills his prideful, violent spirit on weak-minded
men, prodding them to sin against GOD. But sin is like the temporary “fix” of drug addition,
it has no lasting power. But man keeps trying to satisfy “the lust of the flesh,” which can
never be satisfied (I Jn.2:16; Eccl.4:8). Without GOD’S intervention to hold back man’s destructive inclinations the extinction
of the human race would have come a long time ago through war and disease (Mal.3:5,6). And yet, society
is so blind to its suicidal course that sin is now declared a virtue and an acceptable moral judgment even among the ruling
religions of Earth, including Christianity who evangelizes the world into universal sin against two of the Ten Commandments
(to be reviewed in Lesson XII). Sin has breeched the Holy Law that alone secures the safety of life. And
this is the reason our civilization faces total extinction as predicted thousands of years ago by “the prophets” of GOD.
In purely social terms, sin has led mankind to disregard the Utopian Standard that GOD gave to insure our mutual safety
with one another. And through compliance to its jurisdiction it guaranties the peace and prosperity of
every man, woman, and child. Said GOD by His prophet; “ye shall find rest for your souls.” Jer.6:16.
But the fact that the world is filled with unrest proves that mankind stands defiant against GOD and His Holy Law:
the Law given to save; not destroy: to set free; not oppress.
1. Who is the source of sin?
Ye [religious leaders] are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. ____ _____
___ ______________ ______ _____ ________________, _____ ________ _____ ____
_____ _________, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a
liar, and the father of it.
The 2nd rule of sin is deception.
2. Is mankind naturally good or naturally evil?
Romans 3:10-19,23 As it is written, There is ________ righteous, no, ______
_______: [v.11] There is ________ that understandeth, there is ________ that seeketh after God. [v.12] They are _____ gone
out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is _________ that doeth good, no, ______ ______.
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose
mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And
the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever
the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law [which includes all mankind]: that every mouth may be stopped, and all
the world may become guilty before God... [v.23] For ______ have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
All of the good deeds that have blessed the joy and preservation of life have been drawn from man by GOD, as it is
written: “thou also hast wrought all our works in us.” Isa.26:12. Sinful Man therefore, has
no right to claim any virtue in and of his own strength. The 3rd rule of sin is pride.
3. What then is the consequence of sin?
Genesis 2:16,17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying,
Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat
of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof _______ ________ _________ _____.
The “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” was
GOD’S one and only investigation to determine how man would use his freewill, whether for life or for death. GOD
gave man the desire to live and to love as life’s strongest attributes. With these essential strengths
united with heaven’s gift of a freewill GOD hoped to settle in man’s heart the wise use of his gifts.
But Satan, disguised as “the serpent” deceived our Premier Mother Eve into eating the forbidden fruit.
And through Adam’s discovery of her death-sentence, his heart sank in his soul. He had to choose
to live without her or die with her. His love for her led him to eat of the forbidden fruit and share her
fate. While his love may seem touching all that has transpired in this world’s history is a result of that decision.
Since the entire human race was “in Adam” when he sinned we inherited his legacy of a fundamentally self-destructive
nature. Through this same tactic of discouragement Satan has led billions to their ruin. The
4th rule of sin is suicide.
4. How then can the family of mankind be redeemed from
Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for
that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed [or assigned] when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression,
who is the figure of him that was to come [Christ]. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence
of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is hath abounded unto many. And not as it was
by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto
justification. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of
the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one [Adam] judgment
came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [Jesus Christ] the free gift came upon all men unto
justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many
be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
[v.21] That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign ________________ ______________________ unto eternal
life by _________ ___________ our Lord.
In summation, when Adam sinned he condemned his entire family to the same fate as himself. At that moment, man’s
salvation became dependent on Jesus, our “near kinsman” (Ruth 3:9), the “Everlasting Father” of man.
Only the Father of Adam had the legal right to redeem the family of Adam (Lu.3:38; Jn.1:3); by becoming as one of His
children; live the sinless life that we could not; bear our condemnation from sin’s inheritance to the grave; and then
conquer the jurisdiction of death that its power over the family of Adam would be broken, effectively removing our condemnation
from sin; and thus, place all mankind “in Christ” as “the last Adam.” The
“Everlasting Father” of man became “the Son of man” to redeem “the children of men” (Isa.9:6;
How can this
be? Let us review again the jurisdiction of death. GOD ordained the dominion of death for one purpose
and one purpose alone: to contain every sin that threatens the security of life as it is written, “The soul that sinneth
it shall die,” for “the wages of sin is death” (Eze.18:4; Rom.6:23). Death has no jurisdiction outside
of its power to contain sin. But Jesus Christ had no sin! He is the only man
who ever lived in this world who never united His will with sin: either by thought or deed. Therefore, the grave had
no legal right to hold Him! It had to set Him free! And this now includes you and me! Paul
summed it up: “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” I Cor.15:22 Through the victory
of Jesus Christ He then promises to come and live in our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit (Lu.11:13), and through
His companionship, we, together live out an endearing respect to GOD’S Holy Law: the Law where all are safe
in one another’s care.
5. Where does sin exist?
Romans 7:22,23 For I delight in the law of God after the
inward man: But I see another law in _____ _____________, warring against the law of my
mind, and bringing me into captivity to ______ ______ ____ ______ which is ____ _____ ________________.
Ephesians 4:17,18 This I say
therefore, and testify in the LORD, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in _____ ____________
_____ ________ ________, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of GOD through the ignorance
that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts.
In our great dilemma GOD has
had to address each aspect of sin’s jurisdiction over us and provide our deliverance, both physically and spiritually.
Therefore, as we reviewed before, let us see again how the victory of Jesus Christ is threefold in man’s salvation:
1. We are saved from
the condemnation of sin, which is death.
2. We are saved from the power of sin, which is our selfish nature.
3. We are saved from the presence of sin,
via the temptations of
6. Is GOD’S strength available to overcome sin in our lives?
Philippians 2:13 For ____
____ ______ ________ ___________ ____ ______ both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Psalms 65:4 Blessed is the man
whom Thou choosest, and ____________ ____ ______________ ______ ______, that he may dwell in Thy courts.
John 15:3-5 Now ye are clean
through the word which I have spoken unto you. [v.4] Abide in me [Christ], and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of
itself, except it abide in the vine; _____ ________ ______ ____, except ye abide in me. [v.5] I am the vine,
ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for _______________ _____
____ _____ ____ _____________.
Luke 18:27 And He [Christ] said, The things which are __________________ ________ ______ are
possible with GOD.
7. How does sin relate to the holiness of GOD'S Law?
I John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the
law: for ______ ____ ______ _____________________ ____ ______ ______.
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul
of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: _____ _______ _______ ______________ ____
James 2:8-12 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons [or show favoritism to the neglect of another],
ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. [v.10] For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet ___________
____ ______ __________, ____ ____ __________ ____ ______. For He that said, Do not
commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor
of the law. [v.12] So ___________ ye, and so ____, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
The opposite of holiness is sin, just as the opposite of life is death. Sin opposes everything GOD intended for the
life He created to live and thrive forever. Sin even opposes the entire foundation of GOD’S own existence,
which is to love and be loved.
8. Will GOD'S established laws of Creation ever change?
Psalm 111:7,8 The works of His
hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast _____ _______ _____ _______,
and are done in truth and uprightness."
Psalm 119:160 Thy Word is true from the beginning: and every
one of thy righteous judgments _______________ _____ _______.
9. Are the temptations to sin the same as sinning?
James 1:12-15 ___________ ____ ______
______ _______ ______________ ___________________: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life,
which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot
be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, _______ ____ _________
_____ into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
I Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich ______ _______ ____________________ and
a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
Temptation is not sin! Christ
did not sin when he was tempted of the devil during His forty-day fast in the wilderness. Even when He was tempted through
the time of His crucifixion the LORD never once united His will with the temptation.
10. Will sin’s dominion ever end?
Revelation 21:1-5 And I saw
a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I
John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And
I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they
shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. [v.4] And God shall wipe away all tears from their
eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for _____
___________ __________ _______ __________ _______. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold,
I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Nahum 1:7-9 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of
trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him. But with an overrunning flood He will make an utter end of the place thereof,
and darkness shall pursue His enemies. [v.9] What do ye imagine against the LORD? He will make an utter end: ________________
_______ _____ _______ ____ ______ __________ ________.