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What is Sin?

What is Sin?

Christ our righteousness

Mat 5:20-48

by Craig C. White

   What is sin? Is it disobeying God’s law? How much can you sin and still be OK with God? Jesus himself tells us how righteous we need to be in order to be accepted by God and avoid hell. Turns out that if we sin even a little we are condemned to hell. The Good News is that we can become not condemned! In other words, God will forgive us of our sin. We can only be saved by believing Jesus Christ and asking God to forgive us of our sins (John 5:24). God then applies Jesus’ righteousness for our own righteousness.

Mat 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

   What is sin then? How much can you sin and still be OK with God? Wow, the Pharisees were very pious yet they won’t be in heaven? The Pharisees were the leaders of the Jewish religion. They kept the Ten Commandments! Did they sin? Well I guess everybody sins a little. The Pharisees won’t be saved!? Hmm, then who can be saved? Below, Jesus compares the standards of the Old Testament law of righteousness to God’s standards of personal holiness. So there must be a difference between the two!

Mat 5:21-22 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

   What is sin then? Murder of course is sin. But is anger and insult really sin? Can anger and insult really be punished by hell? Then I am probably going to hell. How can I be saved?

Mat 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

   What is sin then? I figured an Adulterer might go to hell but even someone who thinks about it; Even if I just look at pornography? I am doomed for certain. Can I be saved?

what is sin?

It seems like everybody has sinned! Then who can be saved? Read Can I be saved? I’m not perfect!

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