sin presented by steven schiller

Tit 3:2  To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. Tit 3:3  For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.   

  Is meddling,speaking evil, and gossip sin? Read Romans 1:25,26,27,28,29,30-32  (Pauls list)

Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 

Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 

Rom 1:27  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 

Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 

Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 

Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 

Rom 1:31  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 

Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 

Sin 1Jn 3:4-9

INTRODUCTION

1. In our study , we saw that the true

child of God purifies himself ,because of the hope of seeing Jesus

one day - cf. 1Jn 3:2-3

2. In discussing "purity", the subject of "sin" naturally arises...

a. Which may be why John moves right into a discussion of "Sin And

The Child of God" - 1Jn 3:4-9 (READ)

b. It also fits into John's overall theme of combating the Gnostic-

like influences that were teaching that sinning did not affect

one's relationship with God

3. How shall the true child of God regard sin? Is it something to be

taken lightly? Not if the apostle John has anything to say about it!

[Using verses 4-9 as our text, then, let's consider what John has to

say about "Sin And The Child Of God".

We begin by noticing...]

I. THE "DEFINITION" OF SIN (4)

A. AS UNDERSTOOD BY SOME...

1. Sin is nothing more than a violation of human relationships

2. Which can be easily resolved by correcting relationship

problems

-- While SOME sins may be a violation of "human" relationships,

the true meaning of sin goes much further than that

B. THE LITERAL MEANING OF THE WORD "SIN"

1. The Greek word for "sin" is hamartia {ham-ar'-tee'-ah}, and it

literally means "to miss the mark"

2. E.g., as when an archer fails to hit the center of the target

3. So "sin" is some kind of action (or lack of it) in which one

fails to meet the goal intended by God - cf. Ro 3:23

C. AS DEFINED BY JOHN...

1. Sin is "lawlessness" (NKJV), or "transgression of the law"

(KJV)

2. The word for lawlessness (transgression) is anomia {an-om-ee'

-ah}, which means "illegality, i.e. violation of law"

a. I.e., to break or violate a law, such as the law of God

b. E.g., to steal when the law says "Thou shalt not steal"

3. So sin occurs when you DO WHAT IS FORBIDDEN (commonly called

"a sin of commission")

D. AS DEFINED BY JAMES...

1. James describes another kind of sin - cf. Jm 4:17

2. So sin is also committed when you FAIL TO DO WHAT IS GOOD OR

COMMANDED (often called "a sin of omission")

a. E.g., failing to love your brother

b. While you may not do ill toward your brother, failure to do

good is just as much a sin!

E. IN BOTH OF THESE DEFINITIONS OF SIN...

1. One has failed to meet a certain standard (they have "missed

the mark")

2. In this case, the standard is the "law of God"

a. Which, when carefully noted, is designed to help us in our

relationships with...

1) God

2) Other people

3) Even self

b. Every command of God, both negative and positive, affect

these relationships in one way or the other

[Failure to understand the true nature of "sin" is one reason why there

is so much apathy toward it today. But every time we sin, we adversely

affect our relationship with either God, others, or our own selves!

Further insight into the terribleness of sin is gained by considering

what John says about...]

II. THE "ORIGIN" OF SIN (8a)

A. SIN IS OF THE DEVIL!

1. "He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from

the beginning."

2. This statement of John is reminiscent of one made by Jesus in

Jn 8:44

3. From the beginning the devil has been the "father" or origin

of sin ("he is a liar and the father of it")

B. THOSE WHO SIN ARE OF THE DEVIL!

1. Since he is the "father" of sin, those who practice sin are

his children

2. "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your

father you want to do" - cf. Jn 8:44a

3. So when we "miss the mark" by either...

a. Doing what is forbidden

b. Failing to do what is commanded

...we demonstrate the influences of the devil in our lives!

[If sin can make one to be "the children of the devil", that ought to

tell us something about the terribleness of sin!

But there is something else that describes sin's terribleness, and that

is seen as we consider what John says about...]

III. THE "DEFEAT" OF SIN (5a, 8b)

A. THIS WAS THE PURPOSE OF CHRIST'S COMING...

1. "He was manifested to take away our sins" - 1Jn 3:5a

2. "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might

destroy the works of the devil." - 1Jn 3:8b

3. As John the Baptist declared: "Behold! The Lamb of God who

takes away the sin of the world!" - Jn 1:29

-- To continue to walk in sin, therefore, is to undermine the

purpose of our Lord's coming!

B. CONSIDER WHAT IT COST JESUS TO ACCOMPLISH THIS PURPOSE...

1. Nothing less than His own death! - cf. 1Co 15:3

2. Nothing less than His precious blood! - cf. Ac 20:28; 1Pe 1:

18-19

-- Does not this tell us something about the terribleness of sin?

[When we properly understand what sin is, and how terrible it must be

in God's sight, then for the "child of God" there can only be one goal:

what John describes as...]

IV. THE "REFRAINMENT" OF SIN (6-7, 9)

A. WHOEVER "ABIDES IN HIM" DOES NOT SIN... (6)

1. The phrase "does not sin" is present tense in the Greek,

suggesting a practice of not sinning

a. John has already affirmed that Christians sin - cf. Jn 1:

8,10

b. To say we have no sin is to lie, and to make God a liar

c. So John is talking about one who does not "continuously

practice sin"

2. Such is true of those who "abide in Him"

a. Those who "abide in Jesus" do not continuously engage in

sin

b. That is because they...

1) Let that which they have heard from the beginning abide

in them (i.e., the words of Jesus) - cf. 1Jn 2:24

2) Strive to walk even as Jesus walked - cf. 1Jn 2:6

3. But the one who continuously practices sin has neither seen

Jesus nor known him (despite any claims to the contrary!)

B. WHOEVER "HAS BEEN BORN OF GOD" DOES NOT SIN... (9)

1. Again, John uses the present tense when he says "does not sin"

a. He is not suggesting that one "born of God" never sins

b. But that one truly "born of God" does not continuously

practice sin

2. And why is that? Because "His seed remains in Him"

a. The "seed" is that life-giving principle that makes one a

child of God

b. Which clearly involves the Word of God - cf. Jm 1:18; 1 Pe

1:22-23

3. As long as one allows the "seed" (the Word of God) to remain

in him, he is "born of God"

a. As such he does not continuously practice sin

b. Nor can he continuously practice sin, if the "seed" is

remaining in him

c. Instead, he continuously practices righteousness! - 1Jn

3:7

CONCLUSION

1. Again, it helpful to remember that John is dealing with precursors

to Gnosticism, and the idea that one can claim to be "born of God"

and not be concerned about sin in their life

2. But when we are aware of:

a. The "definition" of sin

b. The "origin" of sin

c. The "defeat" of sin

d. The "refrainment" of sin

...our attitude toward sin will certainly be different than those

John was having to combat!

3. What is your attitude toward sin?

a. Have you been born again through obedience to the Word of God

(the incorruptible seed)?

b. Are you letting that "seed" remain in you so that you do not

continuously practice sin?

How you answer can reveal whose "child" you really are!

DON`T MEDDLE OR GOSSIP ABOUT OTHERS, IT ALWAYS HURT`S SOMEBODY , AND IT IS SIN AGAINST THEM, AND GOD. DON`T LISTEN TO IT

EITHER, IT CAUSES OTHERS TO THINK EVIL. GOD KNOW`S 

Tit 3:2  To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. 

Tit 3:3  For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 


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