What is sin?

The exact definition of the universal law and sin.

 
 

 
 

We humans often tend to see ourselves as the measure of all things.

We decide ourselves what is good or bad.

Especially when we have completed a special training or a hard study, or have made another, in human eyes seen, „great“ achievement.

We become proud, and in this, arrogance thrives, which ultimately leads to haughtiness and spiritual blindness. Blind to the truth.

 
 

 
 

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

-Proverbs 16:18

 
 

 
 

And He said, „That which comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, come forth evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, arrogance, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.“

Mark 7:20-23

 
 

 
 

Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Because everything that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and its lust; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 2:15-17

 
 

 

The true measure

Many expect something like an afterlife judgment. Even though they may not read the Bible, they also believe in a judgment at the end.

You hear the phrase „Only God can judge me!“
But often they don’t really realize that He will.

But what is the basis for a judgment? Is it not the law?

 
 

Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

1 John 3:4

 
 

Sin is therefore defined as lawlessness, which means a rejection of the law.

But I am not talking about worldly laws, which are well known to many, but about the one law by which the world is judged!

 
 

Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked, but those who heed it resist them. Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek […] [Yahuah] understand it fully.

Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse. A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.

-Proverbs 28:4-7

 
 

 

The covenant at Mount Sinai

After Yahuah had brought the people of Israel out of Egypt, he made a covenant with them on Mount Sinai.

There he also gave the 10 Commandments.

 
 

And God spoke all these words:

“I am […] [Yahuah] your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, […] [Yahuah] your God, am a jealous God […] showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of […] [Yahuah] your God, for […] [Yahuah] will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to […] [Yahuah] your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days […] [Yahuah] made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore […] [Yahuah] blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land […] [Yahuah] your God is giving you.

“You shall not murder.

“You shall not commit adultery.

“You shall not steal.

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Exodus 20:1-17

 
 

 

All His commandments are law

Does the law of God, according to which the world is judged, only mean the 10 Commandments that God gave to the people of Israel on Mount Sinai?

 
 

I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.

Genesis 26:4-5

 
 

In verse 5 we read
„because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.“

When God spoke these words to Abraham, Jacob (Israel) was not yet born. The twelve tribes of Israel did not yet exist on the earth. This all happened long before the Egyptian captivity, the Exodus and the 10 Commandments that followed.

And yet Abraham was obedient to God by keeping all His rights, commandments, statutes and laws!

 
 

Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.

Psalms 119:142

 
 

Every single commandment,
every statute and
every legal decision from the mouth of God is just!

Everything that God says has validity. The universal law consists not only of the 10 Commandments, but they are part of it.

 
 

 

The Conscience

Perhaps you think you have not sinned, because if sin is defined as violation of the law of God and you did not know this law, how could you violate it?

 
 

For there is no partiality with God. For all who have sinned without the law shall also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law shall be judged by the law

(for [it is ]not the hearers of the law [who ]are righteous before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified;

for whenever Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, these, not having the law, are a law unto themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience witnessing with [them], and among themselves their thoughts accuse or even defend [them]),

in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men according to my gospel through Jesus Christ.

Romans 2:11-16

 
 

Even if you are an unbeliever (Gentile) and do not know the law, the commandments of God are written in your heart and your conscience bears witness to them!

 
 

 

The burden

Those who have sinned without the law will perish without the law;
and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.

This is what the Bible says.

What if I’m a nice person with good intentions? Can I repay my debt through good works?

 
 

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one [point], he has become guilty of all.

-James 2:10

 
 

 
 

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 3:23

 
 

So we see we are burdened with guilt. No matter whether we are believers or non-believers, this burden is on all of us and it leads to a single goal:

 
 

For the wages of sin [is] death, but the gift of God [is] eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

 
 

 

The Grace

We are all sinners and the wages of sin is death.

It is of great importance to understand this fact. We deserve to die! We cannot justify ourselves before God by our own works.

So what should we do? Should we just continue to live our lives in sin, since we have already committed sin anyway?

This is where the grace of God comes in. What is grace anyway? Grace is when you get something you haven’t earned.

One cannot acquire grace and it is also no merit for one’s own works, because then it would no longer be grace.

 
 

I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me.

Jeremiah 33:8

 
 

 
 

God is merciful to us. Instead of punishing us, who have acted lawlessly and thus brought shame to Him, with eternal death as we deserve,

He sent His own Son (who, unlike us, is completely free from sin and gives all glory to the Father) into the world to bear the wages of OUR sins!

 
 

 
 

Why did God do this? Why did God abandon his beloved Son to earthly death? BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU!

He knows you, even if you didn’t know Him!

He has protected you even before you have heard of Him!

He knows what you think and want to say before you even say it.

He knows your thoughts,
Your worries,
Your burdens and also
Your most hidden secrets.

He looks directly into your heart.

Nothing remains hidden to him and he wants to free you and do you good.

 
 

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, so that He might redeem those under the law, so that we might receive the adoption.

Galater 4:4-5

 
 

The Son of God, who existed long before he came to earth as man, did not cling to immortality, but instead humbled himself into the form of a mortal man.

In this form as the Son of Man he showed us that it is possible to obey the commandments. Not a single human being was able to do so until then.

The Lord is the only one who has accomplished this.

During his time on earth as a human being, the Son of God was subject to the same commandments and laws to which man is subject. However, he did not violate any of these commandments.

Therefore, there was no sin on him.

And this one, who did not deserve any guilt,
this One took our guilt upon himself.

The wages of sin is death.
This is the law of God and must be fulfilled!

Now this law was fulfilled in the One who is free from sin.
Yet he has borne the full wages of OUR sins, death.

This event is the greatest and most important event in the whole history of mankind! Because the One innocent has borne the guilt and reward of the many, the many guilty can enter into the righteousness of the One.

 
 

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, [and] has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since by a man [came] death, also by a Man came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all will be made alive.

But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then those who belong to Christ at His coming.

1 Corinthians 15:20-23

 
 

 
 

That was the true Light which lightens every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came to be through Him, and the world did not know Him.

He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.

But as many as received Him, He gave them the authority to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

-John 1:9-14

 
 

 
 

Now we know that as many things as the law says, it speaks to those under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by works of the law no flesh shall be justified in His sight,

for through the law [comes] [the] knowledge of sin.

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law has been revealed, being witnessed to by the Law and the Prophets,

even the righteousness of God, through [the] faithfulness of Jesus Christ, to all and upon all those that believe. For there is no distinction;

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

whom God set forth as a propitiation through faith in His blood, for a demonstration of His righteousness through the passing over of the sins having previously committed, in the forbearance of God, for a demonstration of His righteousness in the present time, that He might be just and the justifier of he who has [the] faith of Jesus.

Romans 3:19-26

 
 

 
 

Then Jesus cried out and said, „He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.

I have come as a light into the world, so that whoever believes in Me may not abide in darkness.

And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come that I might judge the world, but that I might save the world. He that rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him-the word which I spoke, that [word] will judge him in the last day.

For I have not spoken on My own [authority]; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is eternal life. Therefore, whatever I speak, as the Father has said to Me, thus I speak.“

John 12:44-50

 
 

 

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