The divine law of sin and death | Religion


There is a universal law of sin and death, which states: “The soul that sins, it shall die”, Ezekiel 18:20.

In this same chapter it is said that the father shall not bear the iniquity of the son, nor the son shall bear the iniquity of the father. Everyone is responsible for themselves. Please read Ezekiel 18:18-28. You will understand that a wicked man can turn from his evil ways and serve the Lord and his righteousness will save him. The opposite is also true: a just man can turn away from his righteousness to do evil. His righteousness will not be remembered, but he will be judged according to his wickedness; he will die. It is an eternal truth. It applies throughout the Old and New Testaments.

Paul stated it in different words, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, Romans 3:23.

Paul also continues: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:23.

The sins of man are a huge problem. From the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden man has been a sinner and as such he has been expelled from the garden. The world is condemned to die because of sin. The world will be thrown into hellfire at judgment. Our only hope is Jesus. John 3:16; 8:24; Acts 4:12 all teach that salvation is found only through Jesus. There’s no other way to be right with God than through Jesus Christ.

The Greek word for sin is hamartano, which means missing the mark (and therefore not sharing the prize), fouls, offence, sin and infraction. There are, of course, several definitions given to us in the Word of God which we will not examine now either.

“Everyone who commits sin transgresses the law: for sin is the transgression of the law,” I John 3:4.

Fairly simple to understand. Sin breaks the laws of God.

That you don’t kill, steal or commit adultery. To break the law of God is to sin.

We are also told in addition to this that “all unrighteousness is sin”, I John 5:17.

It can get a bit more complicated because we as individuals seem to have our own fair standards which can differ from person to person. However, we must be held to the justice of God. God’s standards of justice are what is important. We will be judged according to the justice of God.

A final biblical definition of sin is: “He therefore who knows how to do good and does not do it, it is a sin for him”, James 4:17.

Now, that leaves a lot to say. If you see the good you can do and ignore it, then it’s a sin. We are to do good to all men, especially to those in the house of faith. The Bible makes it a responsibility to do good wherever you are and ignore that responsibility is a sin.

When you read your Bible, it doesn’t take long before you realize that the Bible contains many examples of sin.

Almost everything you can imagine is recorded as sin in the Holy Word. After all, sin is man’s problem and it is what causes the separation between man and God.

“Behold, the hand of the Lord is not cut short, that it cannot save; nor his heavy ear, which it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you whom he will not hear”, Isaiah 59:1-2.

We have listed in the Holy Word the sin of so many different individuals, as well as that of entire nations. A national sin is spoken against Israel in that they indulged in idolatry, which opened the door to everything else, including sexual impurity, all types of sexual sin, also offering their own children as sacrifice to be burned in the fire. We see the sin of pride and power-hungry rulers, their greed and imposing heavy burdens on citizens. The Bible lists examples of private sins and even secret sins (or so they thought); nothing is a secret from God.

This is why the birth of Jesus was necessary. It is impossible for man to make himself righteous before God. The wages of sin is death. God required a perfect sacrifice. Only Jesus could be that perfect sacrifice. This sacrifice would apply to all men of all times – past, present and future.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved,” John 3:16-17.

This is the mission of Jesus. The world is condemned to hell. All of humanity is lost and doomed for eternity. Jesus’ mission is to save the world. May all who turn to Jesus in faith and obedience be saved from the damnation of hell and experience eternal life.

“Let your heart not be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I will prepare a location for you. And if I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you within me; so that where I am, there you may also be,” John 14:1-3.

These are the wonderful words of life and hope that we now have as children of the King. We understand that because of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, we now also have immense hope of our own resurrection on the last day.

One last scripture, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”, I Corinthians 15:57.

Larry Graves is pastor at Riceville Church of Christ. He can be reached at 865-300-0642.

Larry Graves is pastor at Riceville Church of Christ. He can be reached at 865-300-0642.


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