May 20, 2012
Thematic Essay: Sin
Sin is defined as being rebellious against God (Deuteronomy 9:7 KJV) and defiance of the Law of God (1 John 3:4 KJV). There many instances of sin and changes in the meaning of sin within The Old and New Testament. Sin can be perceived in many different ways, an act punishable by death, a trait that has been inherited by Adam and ultimately, a way to repent from our sins, just to name a few.
First, throughout the Bible sin has been portrayed as an act punishable by death. In Romans 6:23, it clearly states “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Adultery, murder and stealing are just a few things that are considered to be sins. Breaking God’s law is considered an offense to Him and makes us subject to judgment and separation from God. An example of this comes in The Old Testament from Isaiah 59:2(KJV) stating that “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear”, basically saying He will wash His hands of us if we continue to disobey his law. Later, in The New Testament, Jesus is sent to die for our sins, even though He himself was not a sinner. This was obviously a huge sacrifice for God, as He gave up His son for us. In 1 Peter 2:24, it says “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…” meaning He took all of our sins upon himself and died on the cross so that he could “bring us to God” (Peter 3:18 KJV). Genesis 6:5 shows us how sin was beginning to get too outrageous for God and it was breaking his heart to see all the disobedience and acts of sin throughout the land. This is when He brings Noah, an avid follower of God’s, to build an arc because He was about to bring on a huge flood. He wanted to use Noah as a storyteller of His wrath and seriousness about obeying His law. This example ties into sin being...
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