“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (NIV)
One might ask the question, how do you define sin? The Bible describes sin in 1 John 3:4 as “transgression against the law of God.” It is also rebelling against God (Deuteronomy 9:7). The Word of God tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Humanity inherited the infirmity of sin when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). This chapter describes Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God. Some people are free of physical infirmities, but no one is free of the infirmity of sin. Sin is a sickness that destroys our relationship with God and with one another. It can make us demonstrate behaviors that are demeaning, degrading, destructive, and displeasing to God. The sad thing about sin is that most the time, we fail to recognize how many people are affected by our sins. In many ways, our sins hurt, touch, and influence the lives of other people.
Some people think because they are saved by the blood and power of Jesus Christ, they are free from sinning while living on this earth. They fail to digest the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This verse of Scripture includes saved and unsaved people. Each one of us was born in sin and shaped in iniquity. Being saved by Jesus Christ does not mean that the natural man, our fleshly nature, is no longer present in us. We are always going to wrestle with the two natures living within us, the flesh and the spirit (Romans 7:14-25). The flesh wants to love the world and all that is in it, including the cravings of our flesh, the lust of our eyes, and boasts about what we have that does not come from the Father but from the world (1 John 2:15–16). This war is going to continue with us until Jesus comes back for His church without spot or wrinkle. It does not matter how saved, holy, good, or righteous we think we are in the Lord. Every human being will have to deal with the sin issue. Why? Because we commit sin knowingly or unknowingly in our thoughts, words, and deeds.
The penalty for sin is death; not just physical death but also eternal death (Romans 3:23, Revelations 20:11-15). The Apostle Paul cried out in Romans 7:24, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus paid the redemptive price for our sins when He died on the cross. He nailed our sins to an old rugged cross. When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior through faith, we receive redemption through the blood of Jesus and His grace. We are saved from the penalty of death. Not only are we saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and by His grace, but when we sin 1 John 1:9 tells us “If we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
What does the word “sin” mean to you?