THE TRAGEDY OF SIN
Jesus tells us that sin is terrible. It is terrible because it causes division between God and man. “And
he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of
men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness,
deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within,
and defile the man”. Mark 7:20-23
THE MEANING OF SIN. –
It is missing the mark. (God’s target). It is a fall. (Drop from a higher
position) An example is that of Judas in Acts 1:25 “That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship,
from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. It is iniquity. (A departure from a
straight line). It is transgression. (Crossing God’s boundary). John makes it clear in 1 John 3:4 “
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law”. It is
unrighteousness. (An ungodly way of living). Consider 1 John 5:17 “All unrighteousness is sin: and there is
a sin not unto death”. It is a failure to do good. James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and
doeth it not, to him it is sin.
THREE KINDS OF SINS. –
One is the sin of ignorance. The apostle Paul spoke of himself being
guilty of this sin. “Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy,
because I did it ignorantly in unbelief”. 1 Timothy 1:13. Jesus said the Roman soldiers also did not know
what they were doing was wrong. “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
And they parted his raiment, and cast lots”. Luke 23:34.
Another is the sin of weakness. This type of sinner has no rebellion in heart. He sins through the
weakness of the flesh as David did in 2 Sam chapter 11.
The third type of sin is that of presumption. This is the sin of pride and/or arrogance. This sinner has
the spirit of rebellion in his heart. He has no reverence for God or His holy law. “Keep back thy servant also
from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be
innocent from the great transgression”. Psalms 19:13.
WHAT SIN DOES. – “It defileth the man” that is, it makes him unclean and renders him a sinner. It
is sinful thoughts that defile the mind. It is sinful words that defile the lips. It is the sinful looks that defile the
eye, and sinful deeds that defile the members of the body. The body is God’s temple, so, when we sin we
defile God’s temple. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye
are”. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.
SALVATION FROM SIN. –
According to Paul, God is willing to save man. “Who will have all men to
be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth”. 1 Timothy 2:4. God is also able to save.
“Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing he ever liveth
to make intercession for them”. Hebrews 7:25. “For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is
able to succour them that are tempted”. Hebrews 2:18. God has the saving remedy. “ For I am not
ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the
Jew first, and also to the Greek”. Romans 1:16; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 16:30-33.
We have all sinned. When we sin, it separates us from God. It defiles us. We can be forgiven of it
because God has provided the way. That way is the Bible. If we follow His way, then we can be saved