WHEN WE TALK OF SIN, PEOPLE IMMEDIATELY THINK OF IT AS AN ACT. SIN IS FIRST A CONDITION BEFORE IT IS AN ACTION. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WE WERE MADE SINNERS BECAUSE OF THE SIN OF ADAM (Rom 5:19), SO IN ESSENCE, WE DO SIN (ACTION) BECAUSE WE ARE SINNERS (CONDITION)!
SIN (hamartia) IN THE ORIGINAL GREEK MEANS “A MISSING OF THE MARK”. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, WE ALL MISSED THE MARK OF WHAT GOD INTENDED US TO BE. FOR THIS REASON, THE BIBLE SAYS, “WE ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD” (Rom 3:23).
GOD GAVE THE LAW, BUT IT HAS NO POWER TO CHANGE THE CONDITION OF HEART; THE LAW WAS ADDED FOR US HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF SIN. (Romans 3:20) “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
FURTHERMORE, THE LAW WAS GIVEN SO THAT THE WHOLE WORLD MAY BECOME GUILTY BEFORE GOD.
(Romans 3:19) Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
WHEN CHRIST CAME, HE MEDIATED A NEW COVENANT OF GRACE WITH THE FATHER, AND UNDER THIS COVENANT, WE WHO BELIEVED IN CHRIST ARE MADE RIGHTEOUS BY FAITH.
(Romans 4:4) Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.
(Romans 4:5) But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,
UNDER THE NEW COVENANT OF GRACE, WE WENT THOUGH THE CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART, THE PUTTING OFF OF THE SINFUL NATURE DONE BY CHRIST AND BY THE SPIRIT.
(Colossians 2:11) “In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ”
(Romans 2:29) “No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.”
IN CHRIST WE HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN AND NOW BECAME SLAVE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
(Romans 6:17) “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
AFTER CHRIST REDEEMED US AND MADE US RIGHTEOUS, WE BECAME HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS.
(Titus 2:14) Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!