"As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." - Psalm 18:30

The Nature of Sin

Sin Defined: Sin is lawlessness or transgression of God's law - I Jn. 3:4. The Greek word for sin is ἁμαρτίαν (hamartia) and means "to miss the mark." The Greek word for transgression is ἀνομία (anomia) and primaritly means "without law."
It Is Deceptive (Genesis 3:13; I Tim. 2:14; Heb. 3:12-13; James 1:16)

It Is Digressive (i.e., it causes departure from God. [Heb. 3:12-13; Gen. 4:16; Luke 22:31-32])

It Is Progressive (James 1:12-16)

It Is Compounding (David and Bathsheba, 2 Samuel 11-12)
It Is Far-Reaching in Consequence (Consider what happened with king David's family, as prophesied (2 Samuel 12:11-12; Cf. Romans 5:12ff.)

It Has Potential to Harden (Heb. 3:13; 6:4 ff.; Eph. 4:17-19)
It Is Disabling (Hebrews 12:1)
It Is Destructive to Lives (Prov. 13;15), Homes (Psalm 127), Churches (Rev. 2-3 -churches of Asia), Societies & Nations (Psalm 9:17)
It's Pleasure Is Temporary (Hebrews 11:25; also various texts from Ecclesiastes)
It Is Damning with a Death Sentence. (James 1:15; Gen. 2:16-17; 3:3; Ezek. 18:20; Rom. 6:23; 7:11)
It Is Ugly and Repulsive to God! (synopsis of the prophet Hosea; look at the Cross of Christ - Isaiah 52:14 - 53:12)
It Is Forgivable! (Isa. 1:18; I Cor. 15:3; Eph.1:7; 2:1-9; Acts 2:38; 22:16)


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"What Is the Nature of Sin?"