John says: "...sin is lawlessness" [breaking the law] (1 John 3:4). Again, he says that "All unrighteousness is sin..." (1 John 5:17).
Every nation has laws. When a person does not obey these laws, he has done wrong. God has laws which we are to obey. These laws are found in the Bible. When we do not obey God’s law, we sin. All grown people have sinned; "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). We must always look out for sin. Sin is deceitful; "But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" (Hebrews 3:13). God hates sin. Let us, therefore, not be deceived by it.
All things in life have a cause. We sleep because we are tired. We eat because we are hungry. No matter what we do in life there is a cause for it. This is also true with sin. Desiring something we should not have may lead to sin; "But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death" (James 1:14, 15). The cause of sin is lust [desire].
Many in the religious world believe that children are born with sin, having inherited sin from their parents in a chain that leads all the way back to the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden. The Bible teaches no such thing; in fact, the Bible teaches the very opposite. In Ezekiel 18:20, the Bible says, "The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself". While this is a teaching from the Old Testament, if inheriting sin was not possible in the Old Testament, it is not possible under the New Testament either.
There are two ways that we can sin.
Earlier in our lesson, we learned about a girl who did not obey her mother when she was told to wash the dishes. Now what does the mother do with such a girl? She must punish her. Why? Because the daughter must learn to do what she is told to do. If the girl is not punished, then the next time she is told to do something, she won’t do it. God will also punish those who do not obey Him; "In flaming fire taking vengeance on [punishing] those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thessalonians 1:8). We do not have to receive this punishment. God has provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins. Jesus Christ is the way to God; "Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). Since Jesus is the Way, we must listen to Him. Here is what He says about salvation: "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:16).
We must believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. We must repent of our sins. Then we must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. If we do this, we will be obeying God. He then will not punish us forever and ever. Have you obeyed God and done what He says to do to have the forgiveness of your sins?
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