But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Kevin Conner, 'The Foundations of Christian Doctrine',
'A proper conception of sin is absolutely necessary to a correct understanding of practically every other Bible doctrine. This is a fundamental issue in theology'
Theology is the study of God through His Word
1) What is sin?
2) How does sin affect us?
3) What is our answer to sin?
1) What is sin?
In the Creation account we see that God created something perfect, something whole, something complete…..
- Sin enters and makes it imperfect, sin makes it broken, sin makes it incomplete…
Sin comes in and distorts
Genesis 4:7 God talking to Cain…
“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
-He says, ‘Sin’…. it's a Noun…
A) “…sin lies at the door. . . . And it’s desire is for you,”
What does it mean to lie at the door? Two picture stories for ya..
- ‘Lies’ in Hebrew is Rabats, implied to brood or lurk… the word picture is of a lion stalking its prey in the jungle... Waiting to pounce on its prey...
God is saying sin is... Like a lion... It’s like Tiger jumping out and pouncing on Pooh …
Sin is more than a vending machine...
B) “And its desire is for you…”
- First God gives the impression that Sin is lurking, it's out to get you…. Then He says secondly ‘its DESIRE is for you.’
It has a vision, a dream, an agenda or a purpose for you!!
God is trying to teach us that sin is a little more than a choice...
Sin is an entity if you will... Like a virus, a disease..
That SIN is alive… and it's SIN consuming… and it's SIN that is aggressive…and SIN has an agenda for your life….
It says in Romans 6:16:
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
-Sin wants us to be its slaves, it wants to be our master!!!
BUT there is this promise at the end of verse 7...
God said, 'that we should rule over it!!!!’…
If I can fix my sin problem by doing all the right things... I don't need Christ! ...
'I was born a sinner, and because of that I sin'
'You are born a sinner, and because of that you sin'
" ... just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned."
Sin is out to get us..... And Worse, it is inside us... Driving us...
What do we do? Here is our third question
3) What is our answer to sin?
What is our answer to the sin that's like a lion, lurking and desiring to get us?
What is our answer to our sinful nature?
2 answers. Both are the same answer just in a different light...
(Romans 5:12-21 NLT)
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned. In fact, sin was in the world before the law, but sin is not charged to a person’s account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin in the likeness of Adam’s transgression. He is a prototype of the Coming One.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man’s trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the gift overflowed to the many by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ. And the gift is not like the one man’s sin, because from one sin came the judgment, resulting in condemnation, but from many trespasses came the gift, resulting in justification. Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone. For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The comparison of Christ and Adam is beautiful in light of the gospel...
Sin offended an eternal God. We needed an eternal sacrifice...
But thank God, He became man and offered Himself as that sacrifice! Eternally in heaven as our priest
See the basis for our acceptance before God is Christ's righteousness imputed to us.
Romans 7:21-25 (NLT)
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. (Romans 7:21-25 NLT)
Paul’s saying, God’s saying:
-That the answer to this sin that dwells inside me, our enemy,
Is Jesus Christ… it’s Jesus Christ’s Death!
omans 8:3 (NKJV)
“For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned Sin in the Flesh.”
Romans 6:1-7 (NLT)
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.
Romans 6:1-7 NKJV
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
For he who has died has been freed from sin.
Vs 7. “…. When we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.”
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me….”
What do we do?
1) Romans 6:4-6.
This is our new identity!
We liken ourselves to His death & His resurrection…
John the Baptist in 3:30 … “He must increase and I must decrease”…
We die to self and live to Christ…
What’s the second thing we do with sin?
2) 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
e have to confess… we have to not hide… not run…
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
God is ready to forgive…