God's Sword of Truth - The Word
A three letter word SIN – that spells out a four letter word – HELL! The three letter word (SIN) is defined in the following:
SIN is an act or omission done physically or mentally - it encompasses thought, word or deed in the carnal person. As Jesus Said: “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” (Mark 7:21-23). Also see James 1:13-14: “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth for death”. Also see: article titled Temptation.
SIN is disobedience to the Lord God. “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning...” (I John 3:8) The devil is the author of all sin who was first disobedient to God, and now he is trying to get back at God by taking souls from Him. The devil is the archenemy of man, seeking man’s spiritual destruction (I Peter 5:6-9), which is the reason that we must always be: “…sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”. (I Peter 5:8-9)
In the Garden of Eden, Eve’s sin began when she listened to Satan’s lies and disobeyed God. Her sin, as well as ours, is the opposite of the Creator’s will, and all sin is the Lord’s enemy and the path to pain.
As we can all see, disobedience is sin and opens the door to a spirit of rebellion (resisting the Word), and unless that disobedience (sin) is quickly confessed and repented of, it can lead to a hardening of the heart.
The price of disobedience is very great – one may not be saved at all in the end. My friends, be sorrowed to repentance, just as Paul told the Christians of the Corinthian church: “…I rejoice, not that we were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner… For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death”. (2 Cor. 7:9-10). Paul continually warned the Corinthian church because he loved them and stressed this same love to them many times over, coming to them and telling them to examine themselves; “whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” (2 Cor. 13:5) just as I come to you in love, asking you to examine yourselves whether you be in the faith.
As Christians, we each have available to us, the proper and mighty weapons of warfare which will break down the walls of disobedience, by putting on: “the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephes. 6:11-17)
SIN breaks our relationship with the Lord Jesus,“…I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place except thou repent.” (Rev. 2:4-5). When we sin we are fallen and we follow Satan’s trap to hell, we must repent of our sin so that our repentance will bring us back to the Lord’s way to heaven. Sin is the enemy of our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Know always what the Lord has to say to each one of us by His Spirit through His Word. “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (I John 1:6-10).
SIN is having friendship with the world…Drifting back into the state of worldliness has allowed the enemy to succeed, by one device or another, sometimes many, in tempting the believer away from their relationship with the Lord Jesus. To so many, worldliness seems like such a small matter and of course they do not understand the real truth in the Word of God that tells us of the folly, the danger and the sin of friendship with the world. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (I John 2:15). “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4) “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor. 6:14-18).
SIN is surrendering – giving in to the temptation of sin. Now, understand this, being tempted of sin is NOT sin. For instance, when your mind is tempted by a vision or object, possibly on television or even on the street, it is NOT sin – unless you allow your mind to further develop the vision or thought, and then Satan comes along to add to it until that temptation grows and grows and all of a sudden the thoughts in your mind become sin. As an example: a man sees a beautiful woman (on the TV, the street, or anywhere), begins undressing her in his mind, or even goes further – that, my friend, IS SIN – Jesus said: “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” – Matt. 5:28. Never allow an evil thought to harbor and grow, for that is called surrendering, giving in to the temptation of sin. “… Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). By the Holy Spirit, He has given each one of us the power to say “no” to all the desires of that old nature. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to yield ourselves to the will of the Lord, in order to “…Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” (Gal. 5:16)
SIN’s of the flesh are deadly - The more serious or deadly sins of the flesh are listed in Galatians 5:19-21 – “…Adultery, fornication, uncleaness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murderers, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Just as Paul also wrote in I Cor. 6:9-10, we can plainly see that we should not be deceived – “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, not adulterers, not effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” … and that willful habitual unrepented sin will make it impossible for these people to enter into the Kingdom of God. Also read, in the Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians: “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” (Ephes. 5:3-7).
The Apostle Paul makes it plain that one cannot live in willful immoral sin and be saved, and that is whether one has accepted Christ in the past (believing they are Once Saved Always Saved), or has never accepted Christ. Most Baptists believe that their sins do not damn the soul and that sins committed from murder to idolatry will not put their souls in danger of the wrath of God. But Paul tells us in the Word that we can know for certain that anyone (and he was speaking to Christians) doing these things will NOT inherit the kingdom of God and because of their sins of disobedience, the wrath of God will come upon them.
Grace was not given us as a justification and cloak for continuing to sin. The Lord’s grace helps us in overcoming sin and strengthens us in asking for forgiveness for our sin, so that through Jesus Christ we would be strengthened by His Spirit.
There is also the sin that is called the “UNPARDONABLE SIN” (Matthew 12:31). In Matthew, Jesus was talking to the Jews (the first Christians). Remember, unbelievers and blasphemers are already lost, so they do not come into question here, ONLY Christians (believers) commit the “unpardonable sin”. In ALL cases, only the Lord Himself knows who these Christians are and shall judge their souls. We can only judge the fruit of a person, not their soul.
SIN of unbelief … Could it be an Unpardonable sin? We don’t know. Only the Holy Spirit knows. Any person who has committed the Unpardonable sin would be very dead in spirit and his/her life would become a living hell. And, where there is unbelief there is destruction – because it forms the basis for all sin. “…he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36) – Jesus tells us in John 8:24: “I said therefore unto you: that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” And as Paul teaches us in Hebrews 3:12: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”
Unbelief is sin, which limits the Lord in helping us to repent. Yet, it’s our responsibility to repent according to our free will – the Lord will not force us to repent. But, if unrepented sin stays on the soul, spiritual decay sets in and a Christian begins to backslide and spiritual death eventually occurs, and if the soul is left to continue on in that state, hell or the Lake of Fire will be its home for all eternity.
Therefore, if we continue on in unrepented sin, we pay the price for all eternity –again, our choice by free will. Just as Jesus tells us in the Word about the faithful and wise steward: “But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.” (Luke 12:45-46) As the Word so teaches us, if that once faithful and wise steward knew his Lord and Master, and turns away and believes that He delay His coming and begins to live in the world again, doing the things of the world (being drunken, committing fornication, adultery or murder) just as those who are in the sin of unbelief, the Lord will cut him in sunder (cut him off) giving him the same portion or degree of punishment of the wicked unbelievers – “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:8). Moreover, the Lord pronounces the very same punishment and judgment upon all of these sinners, eternal perdition in the Lake of Fire.
Man is molded by the choices he makes and no one goes to hell by accident, all souls in hell have had a choice, or even had several chances to repent. Consider your steps my friends - “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” (Heb. 3:12).
For man to refuse to believe, or have opposition to, what the Lord has done for him and even promised him, is SIN. “…For whatever is not of faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23) “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6).
SIN results in: God’s wrath (John 3:36); Death (Romans 6:23) and Everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46)…..Yet, God has made it possible for us to be reconciled to Him.
We know that the causes of sin result in the above: Wrath, Death and Everlasting punishment, and the consequences have been brought about by: hearing, believing, and yielding to a lie, Satan’s lie.
It is the righteous judgment of God that brings wrath upon those who sow to please their sinful nature (the flesh).
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – (Romans 6:23)
“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:46)
You see my friends; the Lord is not waiting for you to sin so as to zap you into hell. He is very loving and forgiving and has made the way for you to repent and gives you time by the Holy Spirit who pricks your heart with a heavy feeling of guilt. “Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith), To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:” (Heb. 3: 7-8) If you stay in unrepented sin, He will leave you (just as He did the Jews in the wilderness after 40 years – and swore in His wrath, that they shall not enter into His rest – Heb. 3: 9-11) and allow your free will to go on in the carnal flesh which has its cost in life, His eternal rest. All sin is evil in the Lord’s eyes – He is holy and does not allow sin to enter His domain, therefore sin must be paid for.
We have it made – we have the blood of Christ to cover our sin so that the Lord God can see us which puts us in a right standing with Him. All sin must be paid for, covered in His blood. Let each of us come to Him with our hearts filled with love for Him Who has loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood and let us rejoice in hope of His glory.
Sin kills the soul and puts us in Satan’s realm, making us his disciples of darkness. Let us repent! Repenting is regretting with remorse the sin or sins committed, and asking to be forgiven for our transgressions against the Lord and/or our fellowman. Our Lord God made a way for all men that they might be saved: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17).
There is hope for all with Jesus Christ as our Advocate – “…if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2). For all men have been given a measure of faith, and with that faith we each have a desire to return to the Creator Who created us, it is like a sin nature in reverse! That is why we strive daily to be holy! Of course, it won’t happen while we are on this earth, but our perfection shall come when we are with Christ, being one with Him for all eternity.
Keep in mind, the Lord’s plan was, and is, always to give everyone a free will choice. In order for us to have that choice we need good and evil, right and wrong, and in order to have Grace we need sin. Satan was allowed to do his own thing for the testing of angels and the sons (us) to come. The plan is beautiful if you understand it by the Holy Spirit.
The Lord’s people go to heaven and live in a new heaven and new earth – “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev. 21:1) forever! “But as it written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit ….” (1 Cor. 2:9-10). Satan and sin are for losers, don’t buy Satan’s way! Sin and evil – Satan and his own – will go into the Lake of Fire forever!
All in heaven shall be free from the lusts of this world (as described by John in I John 2:16), and free from the evil influence of the world -- for they have overcome the world, the sin and evil, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Such joy for the Christian who, while on this earth, received His grace! They have become a vessel unto honor!
“…the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity…If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”
2 Timothy 2:19, 21
All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD. All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.