Truth about Sin – I John 3:4
“Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”
1 John 3:4 (NIV) To live a life of sin is to live in rebellion against God. Everybody sins. Webster defines sin as “an offense against religious or moral law” and “a transgression against the law of God”.
Man’s sin began in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the center of the Garden (Genesis 3). Because sin entered the world through Adam, death also entered the world, and the consequence of judgment is condemnation for all men (Romans 5:12-18).
There are many types of sin, but all involve the rejection of God’s authority, and missing the mark which is set by God for us to follow.
Paul tells us that “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Romans 3:23. And “there is no one righteous, not even one”. Romans 3:10. “Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” James 2:10.
It is in man’s nature to sin, because we are prone to gratify our desires in sinful ways (Galatians 5:17). God gave man His law, the Mosaic Code, but man couldn’t live up to its requirements. However, we have no excuse for any of our sins: “God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up to it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23. Without God’s grace, all would be condemned!
Ken Sharp, Ken Baker, David Martin, & Terry Morrison