Sin – the thing we all have in common

Sin: “an offense against religious or moral law; transgression of the law of God”

In essence, sin is thinking or acting in any way other than God’s perfect ways. Due to the first sin being committed by Adam and Eve at the beginning of time (Genesis 3), all of humanity, which is descended from Adam, inherits not the perfect creation God designed but a flawed nature…sinful nature. Sin is not something we begin to do at some point in our lives, it is part of us from our very first breath.

Adrian Rogers put it this way: “We are sinners by nature, by birth, and by choice.”

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned.”

Romans 5:12 HCSB

As David confessed:

“Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me.”

Psalm 51:5 HCSB

The Greek word from which we get sin in Romans 5:12 is “hamartia” and is defined as: “the brand of sin that emphasizes its self-originated (self-empowered) nature – i.e. it is not originated or empowered by God”

Simply put, when we sin we are acting on our own thoughts, our own desires, toward our own outcome and not the will of God.

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