“What is the definition of sin?”Sin is described in the Bible as transgression of the law of God 1 John 3:44 Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.
and rebellion against God Deuteronomy 9:77 “Remember and never forget how angry you made the Lord your God out in the wilderness. From the day you left Egypt until now, you have been constantly rebelling against him.
18 Anyone who rebels against your orders and does not obey your words and everything you command will be put to death. So be strong and courageous!”Sin had its beginning with Lucifer, probably the most beautiful and powerful of the angels. Not content with his position, he desired to be higher than God, and that was his downfall, the beginning of sin Isaiah 14:12-1512 “How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning!You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world.13 For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars.I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. (Or on the heights of Zaphon.)14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’15 Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths.
Renamed Satan, he brought sin to the human race in the Garden of Eden, where he tempted Adam and Eve with the same enticement, “you shall be like God.” Genesis 3 describes Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God and against His command. Since that time, sin has been passed down through all the enerations of mankind and we, Adam’s descendants, have inherited sin from him. Romans 5:12 tells us
12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.and so death was passed on to all men because Romans 6:2323 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Through Adam, the inherent inclination to sin entered the human race, and human beings became sinners by nature. When Adam sinned, his inner nature was transformed by his sin of rebellion, bringing to him spiritual death and depravity which would be passed on to all who came after him.
We are sinners not because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.
This passed-on depravity is known as inherited sin. Just as we inherit physical characteristics from our parents, we inherit our sinful natures from Adam. King David lamented this condition of fallen human nature in
Psalm 51:5: 5 For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
Another type of sin is known as imputed sin. Used in both financial and legal settings, the Greek word translated “imputed” means “to take something that belongs to someone and credit it to another’s account.
13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break.
” Before the Law of Moses was given, sin was not imputed to man, although men were still sinners because of inherited sin. After the Law was given, sins committed in violation of the Law were imputed (accounted) to them
Even before transgressions of the law were imputed to men, the ultimate penalty for sin (death) continued to reign
14 Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come.All humans, from Adam to Moses, were subject to death, not because of their sinful acts against the Mosaic Law (which they did not have), but because of their own inherited sinful nature.
After Moses, humans were subject to death both because of inheritedsin from Adam and imputed sin from violating the laws of God.God used the principle of imputation to benefit mankind when He imputed the sin of believers to the account of Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for that sin—death—on the cross. Imputing our sin to Jesus, God treated Him as if He were a sinner, though He was not, and had Him die for the sins of the entire world
1 John 2:2
2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
It is important to understand that sin was imputed to Him, but He did not inherit it from Adam. He bore the penalty for sin, but He never became a sinner. His pure and perfect nature was untouched by sin. He was treated as though He were guilty of all the sins ever committed by the human race, even though He committed none. In exchange, God imputed the righteousness of Christ to believers and credited our accounts with His righteousness, just as He had credited our sins to Christ’s account
2 Corinthians 5:2121 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,(Or to become sin itself.) so that we could be made right with God through Christ.A third type of sin is personalsin, that which is committed every day by every human being. Because we have inherited a sin nature from Adam, we commit individual, personal sins, everything from seemingly innocent untruths to murder. Those who have not placed their faith in Jesus Christ must pay the penalty for these personalsins, as well as inheritedand imputed sin.
However, believers have been freed from the eternal penalty of sin—hell and spiritual death—but now we also have the power to resist sinning. Now we can choose whether or not to commit personal sins because we have the power to resist sin through the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, sanctifying and convicting us of our sins when we do commit them
21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, (Or to become sin itself.) so that we could be made right with God through Christ.Once we confess our personal sins to God and ask forgiveness for them, we are restored to perfect fellowship and communion with Him.
1 John 1:9
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
We are all three times condemned due to inheritedsin, imputed sin, and personal sin.
The only just penalty for this sin is deathRomans 6:2323 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.not just physical death but eternal death
Revelation 20:11-15The Final Judgment11 And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave (Greek and Hades; also in 20:14) gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Thankfully, inherited sin, imputed sin, and personal sin have all been crucified on the cross of Jesus, and now by faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior Ephesians 1:77 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.