Sin: What Does the Bible Say?

The word sin is used to make things sound alluring; but otherwise, sin seems outdated. Yet it’s still vitally important to know God’s definition of sin.

The Bible states “sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4 ), the breaking of God’s law. In other places sin is defined as “missing the mark.” Understanding the Bible’s teachings about conversion, justification, sanctification, repentance and forgiveness rests on a thorough knowledge of sin.

Because sin has been downplayed over the years, it’s difficult to convince people of its reality and the seriousness of breaking God’s law. If no one is concerned about sin, why would they earnestly seek a Savior? Because people are ignorant of sin, God must arouse an awareness of sin in those He draws to Him.

Everyone is a sinner. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). There is a frightening reality in continuing to sin. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23 ).

Therefore, understanding sin is important because life without repentance of sin ends in death. God’s forgiveness and a transformed life of overcoming sin leads to salvation. Read more about sin in the related articles. And see our booklet Change Your Life! for more about how to overcome sin and become right with God.

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