What is Sin
- Dear Ones,
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God
sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned
sin in the flesh,� Romans 8:3.
Salvation is more than being delivered from the damning power of sin; it is to
be delivered from its reigning power and from the love of sin. The love of sin
and its reigning power have to be slain in our hearts.
Romans 5:20 says: Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound.
But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” The apostle Paul saw
this as we can read from ROM 7:9, "For I was alive without the law once: but
when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died." All of a sudden sin
became sinful. It became exceedingly sinful.
Continuing in verse 21 Paul said: “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even
so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ
our Lord.” We come under a completely new kingdom. We no longer serve sin;
we come to serve Christ.
The law enters the conscience to open our eyes to see its condemning power.
The apostle Paul said he was alive without the law, but when the commandment
came, sin revived and he died. He saw the condemning power of the law, and
that brought him to see his need of Christ. Until he saw the condemnation
there is under the law, he never saw a need for Christ.
It was that opening of the eyes as we see in John 15:22: “If I had not come
and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for
their sin.” If the Lord Jesus had not come and spoken to them they would not
have had sin, but now He condemned sin in the flesh. He brought condemnation
on sin in our walk of life. It has to be slain.
Romans 3:20 said: Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be
justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
What is sin? It is the transgression of the law. If we have no knowledge of
the law, we have no knowledge of what sin we have committed. But when the
commandment came, sin revived and it slew him. Why? ROM 7:13 says, "Was then
that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might
appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the
commandment might become exceeding sinful."
As we see the condemnation that there is under the law, we see how exceedingly
sinful sin is, and how exceedingly displeasing it is to the Lord, and how the
wrath of God is upon sin. His wrath came upon His own Son because His Son, who
knew no sin, was made to be sin for us. Now we start to understand the
condemnation of sin. We see how sin in our walk of life has to be executed. It
has to be put to death.
We see in Romans 1:18: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against
all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in
Every thought that is not in submission to that first table of the law, to
love God above all, with our hearts, souls and minds, is ungodliness. In that
crucifixion of Christ we see the wrath of God coming down on all ungodliness
and against all unrighteousness, which is every transgression of the second
table of the law, that is, to love our brothers as ourselves.
This is what we see in the gospel, where we see the condemnation under the
law. Now, there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ. But those who
are in Christ find sin is condemned in the flesh.
It is through a knowledge of sin that we gain an insight into the true meaning
of 2 Corinthians 5:20: Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though
God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to
When sin is condemned in our flesh, in our walk of life, that is the process
of reconciliation with God, that our heart may become reconciled with God.
Continuing in verse 21 we read: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who
knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.If we
are to be made the righteousness of God in the Lord Jesus Christ, then sin
must be slain in our hearts.
The more knowledge we receive of Gods wrath upon sin, the more we learn to
condemn sin in the flesh. The more sensitive we are against committing sin the
more sin grieves us.