PERSONAL SIN - or should I say your sin? I don't sin - RIGHT? WRONG!
We all, regrettably, sin.
We want to study the sin of man as he as a person relates to what he
is doing - not your, or my personal sin - even though we are studying just
We need to understand that sin always has an effect. That effect may
become visible to others, or may just become a part of our inner life.
Let us consider the personal sin's of some people and consider the effects
of that sin.
a. Adam Death, sin nature etc.
b. Cain Abel died
c. Acan Israel defeated
d. Hitler Nations disturbed - many died
e. A pastor Reflects on the church - may hurt the family
f. Parishioner May reflect on the church - may affect the family
What is meant by "personal sin"? Sin committed by a person. Simple isn't
When we confess our personal sin, is that all that is in view? Personal
sin quite often is the fruit of a larger root of trouble. If you find you
are confessing more and more, you should probably think deeper and find
out why you are sinning more and more. Obviously you aren't as close to
the Lord as you should be. Why?
THE ORIGIN OF SIN
There are some theories of the origin of sin that we need to mention.
Theory of necessity: This theory would suggest that because of man's
being created "inferior," he by necessity of that inferiority, will sin.
God has no authority over the situation. He only created man and the inferior
Hodge quotes Leibnitz, "these are the two points to be established.
First, sin is unavoidable; and secondly, that it is not due to the agency
of God. It is unavoidable, because it arises out of the necessary limitation
of the creature. The creature cannot be absolutely perfect." (Hodge, Charles;
Gross, Edward N. Ed.; "SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY"; Grand Rapids: Baker Book House,
1988, p 134-135)
Theory of the Manichaean philosophy of duality: A man by the name of
Mani was born around AD 215. He believed in two deities - one good guy
and one bad guy. He divided everything into this dualism.
GOOD DEITY BAD DEITY ------------------------------- LIGHT DARK SOUL BODY GOOD EVIL
There is definitely no foundation for this theory in the Scriptures.
Theory that God is the author of sin: Since He is a holy God, this line
of thinking is undesirable, and illogical.
Theory of sin arising from misuse of moral freedom: The sin of Adam
arose out of his free choice. He was free to do as he pleased and he abused
that freedom. Likewise Satan abused his freedom to choose.
In short, man was given free choice in his living. He chose to abuse
that freedom and thus sinned. God did not author it, nor did He create
it - He only allowed it.
Do Christians ever misuse their moral freedoms? Obviously. We all sin.
We all misuse what God has allowed us. WE ARE FREE TO LIE, OR TELL THE
TRUTH. WE ARE FREE TO CHEAT, OR NOT TO CHEAT. WE ARE FREE TO SPEED, OR
NOT TO SPEED. WE ARE FREE TO COMMIT ADULTERY, OR NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.
Why do we as Christians misuse our moral freedoms at times? Did the
devil make me do it? Do we do it because we want to?
Some might suggest that we can't, not sin, due to the old nature. We
will consider the old nature in further studies, but let is suffice at
this point to say that God has provided all that is needed for us NOT TO
SIN. We do not have to sin, we do it because we choose to. We do it because
we mentally make a choice to disobey.
Andy Rooney on one of his commentaries gave a perfect report on this
in 1987. He related how the criminal isn't at fault - that the environment
is the cause of all the troubles. He spent quite a length of time passing
the buck - no one is responsible for anything in our society today. He
ended with - some won't like what I've said today but that's all right
- it's not my fault - the devil made me do it! (A ruff quote.)
When we sin, at times we are in times of great pressure. It may be very
hard to say no, but that is just what God asks that we do. SAY NO TO THE
When in television repair work I made a change in circuitry on a television
set at the customers request. I had missed one wire that I could not see
- The mistake ruined the picture tube. I told the boss of my goof. He said
call the customer and tell him that we were hung up on parts and that it
would be a few days. That way we could get a new picture tube and put it
in and not tell the customer what had happened. I had just cost my boss
$150 and he asked me to lie to a customer. BELIEVE ME I WAS TEMPTED TO
TELL THAT LITTLE SMALL ITSE BITSE TEENY WEENY ALMOST NOT A LIE, LIE.
I with much fear ask the boss if it might not be better to tell the
customer the truth - that I had goofed and that we wanted to make it right.
He agreed, so I called the customer. The customer was very appreciative
of our honesty.
God is not the author of sin, nor is He the creator of sin. He allowed
sin to come along, and He now allows sin to continue. He will, however
see to it that sin stops, and that evil is finally and eternally contained
in the lake of fire!
Chafer goes on to suggest three distinct beginnings of sin. I will list
them for your further thought. Eternal anticipation in the foreknowledge
of God. Its concrete enactment in heaven by an unfallen angel. Its concrete
enactment on earth by an unfallen human being.
He also goes on to state that God foreknew sin and that by the creation
of angels and men He allowed the possibility of it to come into existence.
This is a valid concept, based on Rev. 13:8. The verse mentions, "And all
that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written
in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
To plan from the foundation of the world for redemption, God had to have
had foreknowledge of the need for redemption, thus He had to have foreknown
evil and sin.
Does sin hurt God? Certainly. It is a disregard for His rights to rule
and expect obedience. It is the breaking of His law, which is an afront
to Him. It also caused damage to His property, the creation.
If Satan sinned first, and set his own fate, what was Satan's purpose
in tempting Adam and Eve? Along with the fact that he was rejecting God
and His authority over him, he was attempting to begin to set up his "world
system." He could not do this until Adam and Eve fell, for he desired to
control the world, and God told Adam that he would have dominion over it.
Chafer mentions three major proofs of the awful sinfulness of PERSONAL
sin. More to the point these show the awful penalty for that sinfulness.
a. ANGELIC PROOF: Jude six mentions the fallen angels and their wait
for final judgment. This judgment speaks to the sin of their past. Rev.
12:9 mentions that the fallen angelic host was cast out with the Devil
due to their sin.
b. HUMAN PROOF: Rom. 5:12 depicts Adams sin being passed on to all of
mankind. His one personal sin had far reaching ramifications for everyone.
Rom. 5:19 is the good news - Christ will set things right. "For as by one
man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall
many be made righteous."
c. DIVINE PROOF: God's estimation is that sin is terrible. It caused
man's fall, and caused the death of His Son. Rom. 5:15,19 mention that
by one we are dead and that one being Adam, and by one we are made alive
and that one being Christ. The result of Adam's one sin was the total depravity
of all of mankind. The reason for that one sin was to be independent of
God, or to act independently. His sin was an act of the will, as is every
single one of our own sins. We consider and chose to do those things that
we ought not do.
By allowing the Spirit to control our lives we need not consider these
wrong things for we will be considering God's "right" things.
We talk of the sin nature, that nature of man that moves him toward
evil. It is always evil, whether it is active or not. It is always sinful.
It is by nature sinful.
Any personal sin affects God in two ways. It is a sin against Him personally,
and it is a sin against His commands. It is bad enough that we disobey
what He says, but to cause offense to Him personally is much worse.
When I was a teenager, I received a traffic ticket or two. Breaking
the law was breaking my father's wishes, for he was the County Treasurer,
and he had to keep a good image before the community. When I broke the
speed limit, I knew I was going against what he wanted. When I was caught,
I still wasn't too concerned about the fact that I had broken his wishes.
When he found out about what I had done - THAT WAS VERY HURTFUL TO ME,
FOR I KNEW THAT I HAD HURT HIM DEEPLY.
May we consider our own personal sin? Breaking that little tenny weenny
speed limit doesn't bother you, EXCEPT THAT IT BOTHERS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER!
Sin always has a price. That price costs us, and it costs God. The price
of salvation and forgiveness was very great for God. It was the price of
sending His Son to the cross. The price had to be met, because if God had
overlooked sin, He would have been disregarding His own holy character.
Sin must be dealt with! HE COULD NOT OVERLOOK IT OR SWEEP IT UNDER THE
Sin will be judged according to His holy character. No matter how small,
no matter how innocent, no matter how insignificant the sin, it will be
set beside His Holy Character for comparison, and if it does not compare,
AND NOT ONE WILL, it will be judged.
Judgment in reference to the lost: They will receive a variety of punishment,
yet it is all torment, and separation for eternity from God based on their
Judgment in reference to the saved: They will receive, or not receive
reward, based on their life and works. Sin will not be an issue for the
redeemed, for Christ has cared for all of our sins. There is the possibility
that we will be held accountable for those sins that we have not confessed.
In the person that has not been walking with the Lord, there would be a
large backlog of sin that would need to be considered. Just how this is
cared for we aren't told.
1. God uses the term, "I will" in relation to his promises to man in
the Scripture. It should be of significance to us to consider the statements
of Lucifer when he decided to take a dive into sin. (Isa 14:12ff)
"I will ascend into heaven."
"I will exalt my throne above the stars of God"
"I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation"
"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds"
"I will be like the most high"
Are there any areas of your own life in which the "I will's" are coming
from your direction rather than God's? I trust that the only "I will"s"
that are in your life are those you read in God's promises to you, and
your response to them!
2. Do you see the minimizing of sin in our own day? HOW? Do you hear
things like: We all sin. We all have our problems. If you feel it is okay
then you can do it. Well if he does it now and then, it must be okay.
The ease of I Jn. 1:9 tends to minimize our view of sin! The context
of this verse is five chapters of HOLY living! When you tumble into one
sin then I Jn. 1:9 is an easy step back to the Lord. In a society that
does not consider HOLY LIVING as a high priority, we need to get serious
before looking to the promise of I Jn. 1:9
With our lowered view of sin it is not surprising that we see Christian
business men living by the ethics of the world in their businesses.
We need God's view of sin! When we sin we are an afront to God! WE BECOME
TOTALLY UNLIKE HIM! How does that relate to our being conformed to the
image of Christ? In essence when we sin we are shaking our fist in His
face and telling Him to get lost!
It is only grace that moves Him to continue to put up with our ungodly
cycle of, sin - I Jn 1:9 - sin - I Jn 1:9 - sin - I Jn 1:9 - sin.
3. I trust that you will consider your own lifestyle of HOLINESS VS.
SIN, and go before the Lord to see if there are any changes that you need
4. Consider the terms that the Word uses for sin, and see if you don't
obtain a better picture of what it really is. Trespass, transgression,
evil, defeat, ignorance, lawlessness, disobedience, ungodliness, unrighteousness.
5. I read something once concerning sin, and I would like to adapt the
thought for our conclusion. Concerning sin:
We call it an accident - He calls it an abomination.
We call it a blunder - He calls it blindness.
We call it a chance - He calls it a choice.
We call it a defect - He calls it a disease.
We call it an error - He calls it enmity.
We call it fascination - He calls it fatality.
We call it luxury - He calls it leprosy.
We call it liberty - He calls it lawlessness.
We call it a trifle - He calls it tragedy.
We call it a mistake - He calls it madness.
We call it a weakness - He calls it willfulness.
SIN IS SIN NO MATTER WHAT WE CALL IT! WE MUST GO BY HIS DEFINITION,
NOT OUR'S, OR THE WORLD'S.