Saturday, May 31, 2008

WHAT IS SIN? Ichabod Spencer

1 John 3:4 "Sin is the transgression of the law."

Sinner, did you ever inquire what sin is? Did you ever study the Word of God, that you might have proper views of this greatest of all evils? If you have never made the inquiry, your state is bad, dreadfully bad. Your salvation is at stake. Look seriously into the text. Lift up your heart to God, and say, "Lord, give me proper views of sin." "Sin is the transgression of the law." What law? The law of the most holy God. Where is this law to be found? It is contained in the ten commandments. Did you ever read them with a trembling heart and a faltering voice, asking, "Have I transgressed this or that part of God's holy law? Did I ever consider that the law may be broken by thought, as well as by word or deed? Did I ever reflect that the law is spiritual, reaching to the thoughts, purposes, and intentions of the heart; that every irregular thought is a transgression of the law; that every unholy desire is sin; that 'every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment,' (Matt. 12:36) - that awful day, when the heart-searching God shall judge the secrets of our hearts? Alas! How many idle thoughts have passed through my mind, without the proper conviction attending each of them, that this is sin! See Genesis 6:5.

How many idle words have I every day spoken, without reflecting, that for every one of these I must give an account! When did the evil of my thoughts and words extort an anxious cry from my heart, 'God be merciful to me a sinner?' if sin be the transgression of the law; that is, if falling short of the perfection which the law requires, in thought, word, or deed, be sin, as well as doing that which the law forbids; how much have I to answer for, that perhaps I have never before thought of? Yet I have often confessed, 'We have done what we ought not to have done, and have left undone what we ought to have done, and there is no health in us.' Alas! I have mocked God, by confessing with my lips what I did not own in my heart."

Let my conscience, O Lord, now be awakened to know what sin is.


donsands said...

Convicting and encouraging words of truth, though my heart would never be able to handle them if not for the Cross of Christ!
What an awesome Father we have! And what an awesome Savior we have!

My sin not in part, but the whole
Was nailed to the Cross!

It is well, It is well, with my soul!

SJ Camp said...

Amen brother!

Wm Mallory said...

I agree.. Convicting. I am reminded as well of 2 Cor...

2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2Co 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

2Co 10:7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.

So often I hear many professing believers say they have a new relationship with Christ, yet there is not a new relationship with sin...

As we grow in Christ Jesus our thoughts about sin should change as well. We should hate sin more and more!

In this post-modern culture sin is not talked about (in most of America's churches), it is not considered to be that big of a deal/issue. Yet, it is severe enough for God to send His spotless and blameless Son Jesus to die for the sins of His people. That seems to be pretty severe sacrifice for a lost and dying poeple to me.

May we continue daily to have a new relationship with sin, know it and understand what exactly sin is.

Great Post my brother,

"Let my conscience, O Lord, now be awakened to know what sin is."

Deb_B said...

Thank you for these words of conviction and Biblical truth.