ROMANS 6:20-23


  1. Of all the sticky subjects in the world, the subject of sin is one from which most cringe.
  2. Sin has dire consequences for those who practice it and by those it effects that are innocent by-standers.
  3. Sin was introduced to the world in the dawn of time, and has been a plague the world ever since.
  1. Sin is defined in the Bible very clearly as transgression of God's Law.
    1. John wrote succinctly: "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law" {1 John 3:4}.
    2. The word in the original language denotes the missing of the mark, like an archer who misses the desired target.
    3. Thus, when someone sins they have missed the desired target God has set for them.
    4. It should be noted that we do not inherit sin from our parents, but we can inherit the consequences of sin.
    5. Paul said: "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now" {Romans 8:22}.
    6. Some who may have lived a life of sin and shamelessness before they were baptized may have to suffer consequences from their actions after they become a Christian.
    7. If someone is a brawler before he becomes a Christian and from his past sins someone files charges on him for his behavior and is subsequently sent to prison for that crime, he has suffered the consequences from his sineven though his sins have been forgiven.
  2. There is no difference between "small" sins and "Big" sins in the sight of God.
    1. Every sin a person commits is ultimately against God.
    2. We may commit sins against other people, but it all is against the Great I AM.
    3. When God spoke to Abimelech after he had taken Sarah into his harem, He told him He had stopped Abimelech from "sinning against me" in reference to Himself {Genesis 20:6}.
  3. Some will ask: "Why did God not create man where he could not sin?"
    1. God created man as a free moral agenthe can choose to do or not to do anything he wishesincluding sin.
    2. Man was created in the image of God; thus he has the ability to choose what he wills to do.
  4. Controlling sin and lust.
    1. The lusts of the flesh the New Testament speaks about are not, in and of themselves, sinful.
    2. Some abuse this phrase in the Bible as one that teaches that all are born with an inherited, sinful nature.
    3. There are certain drives that are inherently in mankind:
      1. The drive to eat and drink.
      2. The sex drive.
      3. The drive for achievement.
    4. These drives are natural in all people, it is when they are abused and not controlled and used in the specific ways God has intended when they become sinful.
  1. Sin is very deceptive in its appearance and Satan is always seeking new victims {1 Peter 5:8}.
    1. Paul was worried about the Corinthian brethren being deceived by false teachers: "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" {2 Corinthians 11:3}.
    2. The Gospel is laid out in clear terms, but those who choose to deceive people are always going to do so with subtle motivesthey will never announce that they are about to deceive you into sin.
  2. Sin must be dealt with accordingly.
    1. Sin has to be dealt with, for it is what separates God's people from fellowship with Him: "1Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear" {Isaiah 59:1, 2}.
    2. God hates the sin but loves the sinner.
    3. The Hebrew writer wrote: "But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" {Hebrews 3:13}.
  3. Because sin is deceitful, it will make some have no remorse over their sin.
    1. Jeremiah dealt with this very thing: "14They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. 15Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD" {Jeremiah 6:14, 15}.
    2. Jeremiah was dealing with a situation when Judah did not want to hear they were going into captivity, but would rather hear things that pleased their ears.
    3. Because of the deceitful priest and prophets, the people had no shame when they sinned.
  4. Sin must be called exactly what it isan abomination before a Just and Holy God.
    1. No one can live their life in a sinful state and expect to see Heaven's Gate.
    2. Too many want to turn a deaf ear to the reality of sin.
    3. To keep from being deceived by sin we must answer just as Jesus did: "It is written" {Matthew 4:4, 7, 10}.
  1. The end result of sin is a spiritual death in eternal fire.
    1. James penned these words: "13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death" {James 1:13-15}.
    2. Sin will be alluring throughout one's life, but the end result will always be spiritual and then eternal death.
  2. If one continues to live in a sinful state, one will become so enslaved in sin that it is very difficult to get out.
    1. Paul told the Romans: "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" {Romans 6:16}.
    2. The choice rests within each one of us as to whom we will obeysin or righteousness.
    3. Jesus said this about sin: "... Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin" {John 8:34}.
    4. The idea is not when one sins one time they have become a sinner, but rather when one continually sins they have become the servant of sin.
    5. When sin is not condemned, it is condoned.
  3. When one lives a life of sin they will eventually get the eternal pay day of that life.
    1. The apostle concluded chapter six of Romans with this statement: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" {Romans 6:23}.
    2. Eternal death in the lake of fire and brimstone awaits all who live a life of sin.
    3. On the other side, Jesus offers hope of eternal life to all who live a life of godliness.
  1. Sin and its consequences are far reaching, even to this present hour.
  2. We do not have to succumb to the temptation of sin, for we have the perfect example of Jesus to follow and lead us to Heaven.
  3. One must remember, just as only one sin of which we do not repent is still enough to damn our soul.


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