When a defendant is charged in a case they are given the definition of the charges and the law(s) pertaining to them.
The literal meanings of the Hebrew and Greek words variously translated as “sin”, “sinner”, etc. disclose the true nature of sin in its manifestations.
- Transgression, an overstepping of the law, the divine boundary between good and evil. (Ps. 51:1; Romans 2:23);
- Iniquity, an act inherently wrong, whether expressly forbidden or not. (Rom. 1:21-23);
- Error, a departure from right (Rom. 1:18; 1John 3:4);
- Missing the mark, a failure to meet the divine standard (Romans 3:23);
- Trespass, the intrusion of self-will into the sphere of divine authority (Eph. 2:1);
- Lawlessness, or spiritual anarchy (1 Tim. 1:9); and
- Unbelief, or an insult to the divine veracity (John 16:9).
- Originated with Satan (Is. 14:12-14);
- Entered the world through Adam (Rom.5:12);
- Was, and is, universal, Christ alone excepted (Rom. 3:23; 1 Peter 2:22)
- Incurs the penalties of spiritual and physical death (Gen 2:17; 3:19; Ezek. 18:4,20; Rom. 6:23); and
- Has no remedy but in the sacrificial death of Christ (Acts 4:12; Heb. 9:26) made available by faith (Acts 13:38-39)
Sin may be summarized as threefold:
(1) an act, the violation of, or lack of obedience to, the revealed will of God;
(2) a state, absence of righteousness; and
(3) a nature, enmity toward God.
A question to ponder;
Why is the modern church characterized by being lukewarm and showing indifference to sin?
Rev. Burt Schwab