OBST 591 Old Testament Orientation 1
By Elliot Sanchez
The Problem of Sin: In the Flesh, world, and Satan
November 19, 2010
Table of Contents
What is Sin?
The problem of Sin
What is sin in the flesh?
A. How can we understand sin and overcome sin in the flesh What is sin in the world system?
A. How can we become more aware of the world system in our lives? How does the enemy affects and influences mankind on daily living? Living Victorious in Christ
Sin is a word that humanity over time has greatly diluted. God’s meaning and mankind’s meaning of sin are tremendously far apart. Sin for many people has taken on many shapes and forms. Mankind has grown so dull to sin that most of our actions are not defined as sin. It is referred to as everyday life. Sin is a problem, which attacks humanity from within ourselves, our environment and influences from the enemy. In order to understand what sin is, there must be an understanding of the word itself. To define sin is as follows “commit illegal or immoral action.” What happened to anything that was against God’s Law? Living in a world that seeks to please it’s self, we as believers are called to be set apart. In an analysis of my own life, I found there were certain areas of my life where I had no idea I was still undergoing some continued collateral damage from sin. For purposes of this view into sin, sin will be looked at from the three areas which affect mankind. The first area that will be looked at is the flesh, secondly the world system. Last but not least the enemy. All three areas are vital to understanding how to deal with sin in our lives. Finally we will speak of the blessing of the cross that gives us freedom over sin in our lives. The flesh I think is the hardest to deal with. Understanding the flesh and the cravings it has is half the victory over the flesh. What is sin?
Many people have different ideas to answer this question. Many of these theological answers tend to candy coat the meaning of sin. Let us look to the word of God to give us a clear understanding as what is sin. 1 John 3:4 defines it well. “Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God's law by transgression or neglect--being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).” There is no mistaking this definition of sin set forth by the word of God. Society would state something different, or even try to change this meaning. Let us take a deeper look as to what would fall into this definition of sin. Galatians 5:19-21 lays out clear indications as to what some of these sins are. “Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious): they are immorality, impurity, indecency, Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies),Envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Now that we know what sin is by defined in the word of God, we can look at the sin in the flesh. Sin in the Flesh
The flesh, the part we can never run away from because it is ourselves. I believe what Paul writes in Romans 7:18-22 explains it perfectly. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law. Clearly Paul speaks of the nature of man is evil and thus even as a...