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What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

What Does The Bible Say About Sin? Sin is a frequent theme across the Scriptures. One might ask, “what is the definition of sin?” In simple terms, the Bible describes sin as transgression of the Law of God (1 John 3:4). In other words, sin is rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7; Joshua 1:18). Sin had its beginning with Lucifer, who probably was the most beautiful and powerful of the angels. However, he was not content with his position. This ungrateful attitude of his led him to desire to be higher than God. And it was this desire that brought his downfall as it led to the beginning of sin (Isaiah 14:12-15). Lucifer was then renamed Satan. It was Satan who brought sin to the human race through Adam and Eve by tempting them with the same enticement, “you shall be like God.”

Genesis 3 clearly describes Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God and His Commands. From Adam and Eve, sin has been passed down through all the generations of mankind. Today, we who are all Adam’s descendants have inherited sin from him. That is, we are born in sinful natures. We come into this sin-cursed world with the original sin from Adam and Eve. It was with an understanding of this that Apostle Paul wrote saying in Romans 5:12 that through Adam sin entered the world, and as a result, death was passed to all men because “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Through our first Ancestor, Adam, the inherent inclination to sin entered the world thereby making human beings sinners by nature. Adam’s inner nature was transformed as a result of his rebellion against God.

What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Adam’s rebellion against God brought him spiritual death and depravity which would be passed on to all who came after him. We are sinners not because we sin; rather, we sin because we are sinners. The passed-on depravity from Adam onto all his descendants is referred to in theology as inherited sin. Likewise we inherit physical traits from our parents, we inherit our sinful natures from Adam. King David had an understanding of the fallen nature of humans and as a result lamented in Psalm 51:5: “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” The second type of sin is what is referred to as imputed sin. It comes from the Greek word translated “imputed” which means “to take something that belongs to someone and credit it to another’s account.” It is frequently used in legal and financial settings.

Before the Mosaic Law was given, sin was not imputed to man, although men were still sinners because of inherited sin. But after the Law of Moses was given, sins committed in violation of the Law were imputed (accounted) to the Lawbreaker (Romans 5:13). Note that even before transgressions of the Law were imputed to men, the ultimate penalty of sin and its consequence (death) continued to reign (Romans 5:14). That is, all humans from Adam to Moses, were subject to death. Their subjection to death was not because of their sinful acts committed against the Mosaic Law (which they did not have), but because of their inherited sinful nature. After Moses who delivered the Law, humans were subject to death both because of inherited sin (original sin) and imputed sin from violating the Law of God.

What does the Scripture say about Sin?

From the Scriptures, we learned that God used the principle of imputation to benefit mankind when He imputed (attributed) the sin of believers to the account of Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for that sin through His death on the Cross at Calvary. By imputing or attributing our sin to Jesus Christ, God treated Him as if He were a sin, although He was not. By so doing, God had Him die for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). It is worth noting here that although sin was imputed on Jesus, He did not inherit it from Adam. Jesus Christ bore the penalty for sin, but He never became a sinner. Behold, His pure, holy, and perfect nature was untouched by sin. Even though Christ committed no sin, He was treated as if He were guilty of all the sins ever committed by mankind.

As a result of the price paid for sin by Christ who was perfect, God imputed His righteousness and perfect nature to believers. God credited our accounts with the righteousness of Christ, just as He had credited our sins to Christ’s account (2 Corinthians 5:21). The third type of sin is what we call personal sin, that which is committed on a daily basis by all human beings. Because we all inherited a sinful nature from Adam, we often commit personal sins. All those who have not placed their faith and hope in Jesus Christ must pay the penalty for these personal sins, as well as imputed and inherited or original sin. As for believers, they have been freed from the eternal penalty of sin. In Christ, they are free from the Fire of Hell and spiritual death. Such are those who have the power to resist sin.

Facts about Sin

The human nature that we obtained from Adam is that which makes us susceptible to omitting sins. But through faith, we are given new natures in Christ. That is, natures that can resits sin through the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. In Christ, we can chose to avoid personal sins because the Holy Spirit guides us. The Holy Spirit regularly sanctifies and convicts us of our sins each time that we commit them (Romans 8:9-11). This conviction is aimed at leading us through a Sincere Repentance. Each time that we confess our personal sins to God and ask for forgiveness for them, we are restored through Christ to perfect fellowship and communion with Him. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

It is important to understand here that all of us have been three times condemned due to inherited sin, imputed sin, and personal or individual sin. And as we all know, the only just punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23). Note that we are not only pointing to physical death but to eternal death (Revelation 20:11-15). But for all who are in Christ, their inherited, imputed, and personal sins have been crucified on the Cross of Jesus Christ. Hence, through faith in Him as their Lord and Savior, they are saved from eternal condemnation and set apart to benefit from God’s special gift of Eternal Life. Note that obedience to the Key Teachings of Jesus Christ is part of believing in Him. Ephesians 1:7 says that in Christ, “we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

Are all sins equal to God?

The Bible seems to indicate that all sins are not equal. This is to say that there are degrees of sin, with some being more detestable to God than others (Deuteronomy 25:16; Proverbs 6:16-19). However, when it actually comes to the eternal consequences of sin, they are all the same. This is to say that every sin or act of rebellion leads to eternal condemnation. In the same light, Apostle Paul points to eternal death as a consequence of sin (Romans 6:23).

How can we judge if something is sin?

In summary, we can say that almost all sins are clearly written in the Bible. As example, we have the Ten Commandments that give us a clear picture of God’s Law and what He wants from us. Note that our piece of write-up on Bible verses about sin is aimed at pointing to most of the sins listed in the Bible. But how can we know that something is a sin when the Bible is not clear on it? When you are in doubt about whether something is sinful or not, you should always check what the Bible says. Luckily enough, the Bible provides us with general guidelines to judge when in doubt whether something is sinful or not. Below are the general guidelines or questions you should ask yourself when in doubt about the sinfulness of something:

  • What does the Bible say?
  • Is it pleasing to God?
  • Does it honor God’s name? (1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 1 Corinthians 10:31)
  • Does it reflect the presence of God through the Holy Spirit in us?
  • Is it against any of God’s command?
  • Is this a good thing for me and others?  (1 Corinthians 10:23-24)
  • Will it draw me closer to God or move me far from His presence?
  • Have I prayed about it and requested the Holy Spirit to lead me into the truth (John 14:16-17)

In all things, we must surrender our conscience before God to convict us through His indwelling Spirit in us about what is right and wrong in His eyes and not necessarily ours. Jesus says in John 14:16-17 – “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper , who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit who reveals the truth about God. …

What is the unforgivable sin?

In Mark 3:29, Jesus says, “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.” We can also read about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit in Matthew 12:31-32 and Luke 12:10.

Types of sins in summary

Original Sin – Original sin is the effect that Adam’s sin had on the whole of mankind. Due to the rebellion of Adam, everyone enters this world with a fallen nature. This is to say that the guilt of Adam’s sin was not only credited to him but it was credited to every human being who comes after him.

Imputed Sin – Just as we previously mentioned, imputed sin comes through the breaking of God’s Law. It destroys our standing before God and subjects us to His punishment.

Sins of omission and commission – Sins of omission and commission are those pointing to personal sins. In simple terms, we can say that a sin of commission is something that we carryout (commit) by the act of our own will against the command of God Almighty. On the other hand, a sin of omission is when we fail to do something commanded by God (omit) through a knowing act of our own will.

Mortal Sins and Venial Sins – Mortal and Venial sins are Roman Catholic terms. The Church regards venial sins as trivial offenses against God’s Laws. On the other hand, mortal sins are regarded by the Church as grievous offences in which the punishment is spiritual, eternal death.

What The Bible Says About Sin

Psalm 51:5 – “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Mark 7:20-23And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

James 4:17 – “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

James 4:7 – “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

1 John 1:8-10 – “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Group 1 – What The Bible Says About Sin

1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Galatians 5:16 – “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

1 John 5:17 – “All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.

1 John 3:4 – “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

Galatians 5:19-21 – “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

John 3:16-17 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

Matthew 5:48 – “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Genesis 4:7 – “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

James 1:15 – “Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”

Group 2 – What The Bible Says About Sin

Romans 5:12 – “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

John 8:34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.”

2 Timothy 3:1-5 – “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

1 John 3:6-10 – “No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Group 3 – What The Bible Says About Sin

Proverbs 28:13 – “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Hebrews 10:26 – “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

Matthew 5:28 – “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Isaiah 59:1-2 – “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Group 4 – What The Bible Says About Sin

Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

Proverbs 8:13 – “The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”

Isaiah 64:6 – “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 – “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”

1 Peter 2:24 – “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

Romans 14:1-23 – “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. …

Group 5 – What The Bible Says About Sin

Micah 7:18-19 – “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us, he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

James 1:14 – “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Isaiah 59:2 – “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”

Matthew 15:17-20 – “Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Group 6 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

John 5:14 – “Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”

Psalm 51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

2 Timothy 2:19 – “But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

Jeremiah 17:9 – “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

1 John 3:8 – “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”

Romans 14:23 – “But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”

Romans 1:28-32 – “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice, They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”

Group 7 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Romans 5:8 – “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

John 3:3Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Colossians 3:1-25 – “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. …

Matthew 12:31-32 – “Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”

Ephesians 2:1-3 – “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”

Group 8 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Romans 5:8 – “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Numbers 32:23 – “But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out.

Romans 5:1-21 – “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. …

1 John 1:1-10 – “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. …

Group 9 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Psalm 107:20 – “He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.

Genesis 3:1-24 – “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” …

Jeremiah 10:23 – “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

Job 15:14 – “What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?

Revelation 21:8 – “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Psalm 69:5 – “O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.”

Genesis 2:17 – “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Group 10 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Mark 3:28-29 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—

Psalm 32:5 – “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.”

Deuteronomy 30:15-16 – “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.

1 Corinthians 15:57 – “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 3:23-24 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Matthew 24:12 – “And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Ephesians 1:7 – “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

1 Peter 4:8 – “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

Group 11 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Proverbs 13:15 – “Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.”

Psalm 4:2-6 – “O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord. There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”

Proverbs 22:15 – “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.”

1 John 2:11 – “But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

James 5:16 – “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Revelation 22:15 – “Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Revelation 9:21 – “Nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Job 11:6 – “And that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in understanding. Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.”

Group 12 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

1 Corinthians 1:30 – “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,”

2 Corinthians 12:20-21 – “For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.

1 Timothy 1:1-20 – “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. …

Group 13 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

John 20:19-23 – “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

Philippians 3:18-19 – “For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.”

Romans 6:14-8:13 – “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. ...”

Group 14 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Psalm 103:9-13 – “He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.”

Jeremiah 31:34 – “And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

2 Peter 2:4 – “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;

Psalm 51:1-2 – “To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

Psalm 119:1-176 – “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! ...”

Group 15 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Ezekiel 36:25-27 – “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh, And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”

Psalm 5:1-6:10 – “To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. ...”

Galatians 5:13-6:8 – “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. …

Group 16 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

James 3:1-4:17 – “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! …

Ezekiel 39:24 – “I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their transgressions, and hid my face from them.”

Group 17 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Proverbs 6:16-19 – “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Obadiah 1:16 – “For as you have drunk on my holy mountain, so all the nations shall drink continually; they shall drink and swallow, and shall be as though they had never been.”

Group 18 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Hebrews 4:12-5:9 – “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. …

Group 19 – What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Psalm 139:1-24 – “To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up, you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. …

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