[8] What is sin?

Romans 7:18-20
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Is sin a noun or a verb? Is it an act of disobedience towards God, or something (maybe a spirit being) that dwells within us (our flesh): one that makes us do things we do not want to do?

What is sin and who is a sinner?
Sin is both of noun and a verb. It dwells in us and can only control us when we walk according to the flesh—that\’s why Jesus had to crucify the flesh on the cross  (Galatians 5:24).  It is what drives people to indulge in all the disgraceful, wicked and shameless acts they do, that always leaves them with regrets. 

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.(Romans 7:14-15)

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.(Galatians 5:16-18)

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.(Romans 6:14)

The flesh
Walking by the flesh is choosing self-will over God\’s will. When we walk according to the flesh, we allow sin to dominate us; and when it does we indulge in the works of the flesh stated in Galatians 5:19-21. Sin dominates us when our lives are centered on nothing else but our plans, our lusts: what we think will make us happy and not really what God has in store for us. This is what made the devil fall and that\’s what he has imparted into man. The angels in heaven have a choice just like we all do, and they have chosen to do God\’s will and have allowed Him to chart the course of their lives.

Anyway, the sole purpose of sin in a person is to make that person disobedient to God. A sinner is a person controlled by sin; a person who is a servant to sin as Jesus said in John 8:34,

Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

Every servant has a master and in this case, sin is the master. This is the reason Jesus came to this earth, to destroy the works of the devil; beginning with the bondage of sin. Sin is what we are saved from, this is the meaning of salvation. It is impossible to say we have been saved and born again if we are still in his prison—remember 1 John 3:9 says whoever is born of God cannot sin. Imagine someone tied up in chains shouting \”am free, am free\”. That isn\’t faith, it\’s something similar to madness; not the same but similar. 🙂

It\’s sad to say that as long as sin controls us, (then in the words of Jesus) we are still slaves or servants to sin, in need of His salvation.


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