“Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.” (Romans 7:13 NKJV).
The issue of sin is not peculiar to a gender, colour, tribe or race; it is common to all men. No one can evade sin, for we all were born with a sin nature and thus a perpetual slave to sin from birth.
Sin is not just what we do but it is who we are. The source, the root, or the principle of sin is in our hearts. The Scripture states that we are all “carnal, sold under sin.” (Rom. 7:14 NKJV).
Your battle against sin is a lost one from the start; for you were defeated and enslaved by sin in the womb before you could ever have a chance to fight (Psa. 51:5).
You were born with a sin nature (natural inclination, tendency or propensity to sin), thereby making you a sinner even before your first act of disobedience against God.
It is not our individual sins that made us sinners, but the sin of the first man, Adam.
The Scripture clearly states that “By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners…” (Rom. 5:19 NKJV).
As Adam’s descendants, we inherited his sinful, depraved, or corrupt nature through the natural birth. No man can therefore stand up on his feet to contend against and overcome sin until he has got rid of his inherited sin nature.
No religion, education, or rehabilitation can get rid of the sin nature you inherited; only the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, can do that when you surrender your heart to Him by believing in Him and confessing Him as your Lord and Saviour.
In Part 1 of this piece we began to examine some scriptural truths about sin. Let us recap these truths.
First, Satan is the father, the author and originator of sin:
Sin is the nature of Satan and yielding to sin is surrendering to Satan (John 8:44, 1 John 3:8, Rom. 6:16).
Second, it was through the disobedience of Adam that sin entered the human race:
When Adam yielded to sin, he surrendered to Satan and became a partaker of his sin nature (Rom 5:12, 19).
Third, sin is not imputed when there is no law:
God does not impute sin to any man’s account until the person can be held accountable for his actions.
Although you were born a sinner, yet God does not deal with you as such until you are mature to have the knowledge of God’s law and decide whether to accept or reject God’s free offer or gift of salvation to you in and through Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:13).
Let us now proceed to consider more scriptural truths about sin.
Fourth, the Scripture teaches that the strength or power of sin is the law:
1 Corinthians 15:
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. (NKJV).
The law was given not to strengthen man in his struggle against sin, but to strengthen sin against man. What a shocking truth!
Sin has already defeated us in and through Adam, but we are too proud to admit that. So, God gave us the law, not to save us from sin, but to expose our sinfulness and wretchedness to us, to humble us and show us our need for the Saviour, Jesus Christ (Rom. 7:7-9, Gal. 3:24).
The sin in us simply took advantage of the law God gave us to show to us that we are its slaves!
Although the law God gave man through Moses was holy and good, yet it could not save any man because that was not its purpose. The law was not given to take away our sins or to help us overcome sins, but to expose our sinfulness, to humble us, and to make us guilty before God.
The Scripture amply reveals this truth
20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. (NKJV).
15 Because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. (NKJV).
Was it then the law that brought sin? Certainly not!
The law only revived, exposed, or strengthened the sin that was already in man!
Paul aptly explains this truth.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. (NKJV).
9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. (NKJV).
Fifth, the Scripture clearly teaches and warns that sin always produces or results in death:
Sin and death are inseparable!
You cannot yield to sin and shun death (Rom. 6:16).
The Scripture warns about sin, “when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (Jam. 1:15 NKJV).
Therefore, yielding to sin is embracing death!
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? (NKJV).
4 The soul who sins shall die. (NKJV).
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJV).
The ultimate fruit of sin is the second death (eternal separation from God in hell fire)!
8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (NKJV).
Not only did we inherit sin nature from Adam, we also inherited all the evils that sin brought including death, both spiritual and physical death (1 Cor. 15:21-22).
Lastly, the Scripture teaches that Jesus Christ has fully paid for the sin of the whole world by His sacrificial death on the Cross:
Although the Lord Jesus Christ died for the sin of the whole world; however, it is only those who believe in Christ that will enjoy the benefits of His substitutionary death on the cross.
John the Baptist bears witness of Jesus, saying, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NKJV).
Apostle John also testifies, “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” (1 John 2:2 NKJV).
Friend, Christ has fully paid for your sins (past, present and future) by His death on the cross. Therefore, if you believe in and confess Christ today as your personal Lord and Saviour you will freely receive forgiveness of your sins, deliverance from the dominion of sin, and the gift of everlasting life.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence. (NKJV).
36 “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (NKJV).
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I quit today trying to overcome sin in my own wisdom and strength. I humbly and wholeheartedly surrender to the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, that You have sent to save me from my sin and its effects, in Jesus’ name. Amen.