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This is a Bible study on Sin.     Click here for a printable Bible Study Guide.

 

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. 1 John 5:17

 

 


12 Truths about sin

 

12 Truths about sin

  1. NO sin is bigger than God.  God is greater than any sin.  With God any sin you may have can be overcome.  Through faith in Christ Jesus, YOU CAN overcome any sin, because God has more power than sin does.  Greater is He that is in me, than anything or anyone, especially sin (1 John 4:4).  We must never forget who God is, God is all powerful, not sin.
  2. Sin can be overcome.  Salvation is required to overcome sin.  With God's power we can overcome ALL sin.  God gifts His children with His Almighty power to overcome sin. Believers are never alone in the fight of faith, because we abide in God and God abides in us.  We can overcome sin, because God gives us His all powerful help.  (Luke 10:29-20; John 1:12; Acts 1:8, Acts 26:18; Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 24, 2:5, 6:14, 10;13; 2 Corinthians 13:10; Ephesians 3:20; 2 Timothy 1;7; James 4:7; 1 John 4:4)
  3. Sin is a choice.  We either choose to sin, or we choose not to sin.  We are each responsible for our own sin. There are no excuses, because we are all given free will to choose, to either live by sin or live by faith. We each have the same exact choice, to obey sin or to obey God.  God is not responsible for your sin, but you are responsible for your own sin.  No one is responsible for your sin, but youSin is personal rebellion against God.  Sin is rebellion against God and sin is personal.  All sin is against God (Psalm 51:4).
  4. All unrighteousness is sin.  All sin is sin.  (1 John 5:17)  Sin is the opposite of righteousness, the opposite of God.  There is no sin acceptable to God for any reason.  No sin is okay for any reason. 
  5. We have all sinned.  Sin is universal, common to all people of this world.  All people have sinned against God (Romans 3:23).  We must acknowledge that we have sin before we can be saved.
  6. Sin can never satisfy anyone.  The devil is the father of lies, and tells people that sin can satisfy them, but it can't.  Only God and the righteousness of God can completely satisfy anyone.  (Psalm 37:4; Isaiah 58:11; Proverbs 13:25, 30:15; Colossians 2:10)
  7. Sin is evil.  Sin is NOT good.  No sin is okay.  Sin is of the devil.  Sin is NOT of God.  God is NOT responsible for sin.  We are not to sin.  No one can sin and live in the will of God, live with God.  (1 Corinthians 15:34; Ephesians 4:26; Matthew 6:13, 7:18, 12:35; Romans 12:21)
  8. Sin separates anyone from God.  All sin is detachment from God.  Sin disrupts fellowship with God.  Your iniquities have separated you from your God (Isaiah 59:2)No one can live with Christ and live in sin (1 Corinthians 10:21).   God has NO fellowship with sin.  No one can drink from the cup of God and the cup of devils (1 Corinthians 10:21).  
  9. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The end of a life lived in sin is eternal death.  The wages of sin is death is a promise from God, and all God's promises will be fulfilled (Matthew 5:18).    Unless you are saved, and living in the faith to God, you will die in your sin (Romans 5:12; John 8:24).  The end of sin is eternal death.  The consequences of dying in your sin is eternal separation from God. 
  10. Only God can forgive sin and God can forgive all sin from all people.  If we repent of our sin, then God promises to forgive all our sins.  (John 3:16; Titus 2:14; Matthew 9:6; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Acts 26:18; Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 10:10-19).  If we surrender our life to God, then God promises that when we die we will pass from death to life (John 5:24; Luke 9:24).  Only God can forgive sin, none else (Mark 2:7; Luke 5:21).  Only God can take away all our sins (Hebrew 10:11).
  11. Repentance is required for forgiveness of sin  Repentance is required by God (Acts 17:30; 26:18). One must turn from sin to accept the salvation of God.  We either forsake sin, or we forsake God, no one can be unrighteous and righteous.  (2 Peter 3:9; Ezekiel 18:21, 33:9, 11, 14-15; Romans 11:23; Acts 26:18, 20; 1 Corinthians 10:21)
  12. The sin of unbelief separates anyone from God for all eternity.  Faith in God and who He is, is required for forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 11:6).  Faith in Christ Jesus is required for the salvation of your soul (John 3:16; Galatians 3:26).  You must have faith in God, to see God when you die.  The decision to accept God's truth is required before you die, because after death there is no hope for salvation.  Unless repented of, the sin of unbelief separates anyone from God for all of eternity (Hebrews 3:12, 11:6; Romans 11:23, 13:2; John 8:24).

 

 

 


What is sin?

The dictionary says sin is a transgression of the law of God. Sin is a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God or an action that is highly reprehensible.

The word of God defines sin as:

  • ALL unrighteousness is sin
  • the transgression of the law is sin
  • contrary to the doctrine of God is sin
  • being filled with unrighteousness is sin
  • evil is sin
  • works of the flesh is sin
  • rebellion against God is sin
  • yielding to temptation is sin

It is important to note that all sin is sin, and all sin is against God.  We cannot be for God, in God, with God, about God and deal in sin. 

Sin prevents fellowship with God.  Sin blocks our relationship with God. 

Sin detaches us from God.  We cannot be attached to God and attached to sin.  No one can live in God and live in sin at the same time.  We are either attached to God or we are attached to sin; and who we attach ourselves in this world will be who we are attached to in the next world.

God wants the best for us and wants us to resist sin, depart from sin, abandon sin, forsake sin, so that we can have an abundant life in Him and our fellowship with Him is never interrupted.

Temptation is not sin, but yielding to temptation is sin.  Sin is yielding to temptation. Sin is the result of our not resisting the temptations of the devil.  When we yield to the temptation of sin, we give birth to sin.

 

All unrighteousness is sin

The word of God reads ALL unrighteousness is sin.

All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. 1 John 5:17

 

God says sin is the transgression of the law.

Sin is the transgression of the law, not the law of man, but the law of God.  When we sin, we sin against God.  Sin is against God

Sin is an enemy of God.  When we sin we become sinners, and an enemy against God.  When we act out sin, view sin, pursue sin, participate in sin, commit sin, we are sinning against God.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34

 

Sin is contrary to the doctrine of Christ

The scriptures say any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

Unholy, ungodly, profane, murderers, manslayers, whoremongers, defile themselves with mankind, men stealers, liars, perjured persons, and any other thing that is contrary to the doctrine of Christ.

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 1 Timothy 1:9-10

 

Evil things that come from man

And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. Mark 7:20-23

 

Sin is filled with unrighteousness.

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:29-3

 

Sin is yielding to temptation

Temptation is not sin, but yielding to temptation is sin.  Sin is yielding to temptation (James 1:15). Sin is the result of our not resisting the temptations of the devil.  When we yield to the temptation of sin, we give birth to sin.

 

The end of sin is death

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:15

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

 

The unrighteous will NOT see God

Be not deceived, the unrighteous shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

 

Who will NOT inherit the kingdom of God?

  • The unrighteous
  • Fornicators
  • Idolaters
  • Adulterers
  • Effeminate
  • Abusers of themselves with mankind
  • Thieves
  • Covetous
  • Drunkards
  • Revilers
  • Extortioners

If you are on this list, you need to repent and seek forgiveness of your sins.

God said these people will NOT see heaven.

 

Sins of the flesh

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-

They that do such things shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God:

  • Adultery
  • Fornication
  • Uncleanness
  • Lasciviousness
  • Idolatry
  • Witchcraft
  • Hatred
  • Variance
  • Emulations
  • Wrath
  • Strife
  • Seditions
  • Heresies
  • Envyings
  • Murders
  • Drunkenness
  • Revellings
  • And such like

If you do any of these things, you need to repent and seek forgiveness of your sins.

God said these people will NOT see heaven.

 


Who do we sin against when we sin?

 

All sin is sin against God.  All sin is sin against Christ (1 Corinthians 8:12).

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Psalm 51:4

 


What does sin do?

 

Sin separates anyone from God.  Practicing a lifetime of sin leads to separation from God for all eternity (Romans 6:23).

 

Sin hardens the heart

But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13

 

Sin deceives people

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; Hebrews 3:12-14

 

Sin removes peace

There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. Psalm 38:3

 

Sin separates us from God

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2

 


Why must we confess our sins to God?

We confess our sins to God because we love God and He asked us to follow His Word so that we can receive all His blessings in this life and in the life to come.

Confession of sin is required by God to receive remission of sins.

I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid.  I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. Psalm 32:5

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Proverb 28:13

 

We are to confess our sins to God, because only God can forgive sin.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:10-13

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  If we say that 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 that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:7-10

 


Is sin a thought or an act?

The word of God reads that our thoughts can be sin, just like the physical act of sin.  Thinking sin is sin, just like acting out sin is sin, because all sin is sin.

Don't believe for a moment, just because you thought sin, but you did not physically act out that sin, that you did not commit sin, because God says you have.  God says that thinking sin is sin (Matthew 5:28; 1 Corinthians 10:6).

The world has distorted the definition of sin, saying that watching sin is not sinning, or thinking sin is not sinning, but this is NOT what God says.

God says if we think about sinning, then we have already committed that sin.

God says if we purposefully view sin, then we are participating in that sin, just as if we were thereBeware of what you watch!

Yes, watching sin is sin, and thinking sin is sin, just as much as participating in sin is sin.

All sin is sin, whether we think it, view it, or do it.

Lust in our hearts, thinking of sin, viewing sin, is sin and brings forth more sin, produces acts of sin, and the end of sin is death (James 1:15).

With God through salvation we can resist all sin, we can resist the lust of our heart to sin against God, we can overcome sin by the power of God, which is in all people who have been born again, through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 5:16; James 4:7; 1 John 4:4; Mark 9:23; 10:27).

 


Is temptation sin?

When does sin become sin?  When do our actions become sinful?  When does something we do become sin?

Temptation is NOT sin, but yielding to temptation is sin.    

We either yield to temptation and commit sin, OR we yield to the will of God and we do not commit sin.

We are tempted by satan to perform evil, to sin.  Being tempted by satan is NOT sin, but yielding to his temptation is sin.

We know that satan tempts men into sin, because God tempts no one with evil.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: James 1:13

Even Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, and we know that Jesus never committed sin.  Jesus was tempted but He never yielded to the temptation, Jesus did not give into the temptation to sin (Matthew 4:1-11). 

The temptation to sin was presented to Christ by the devil in the wilderness, but Jesus said no to all the temptations given to Him by the devil.  By NOT giving in, yielding to temptation, Jesus never committed sin.

Therefore, being tempted by sin is NOT sin, but yielding to the temptation is sin.  When we yield to sin, give into sin, say "yes" to sin offered to us by the devil, then and only then do we commit sin.

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth for death.  Do not err, my beloved brethren. James 1:14-16

We are only able to be tempted by the devil, when we draw away from God into our own lusts.  And when lust is conceived, acted upon, it becomes sin.

The devil cannot make anyone sin; the devil can only tempt man with sin, because this is the law of God and cannot be overturned. 

The power of satan is very limited.  God alone has all power in all things.  The power of God is greater than anything or anyone.  The power of God is greater than the power of sin.  No power is greater than the power of God.

Sin is our choice.  We choose to sin, when we yield to temptation.  No one can force us to sin, not even the devil.  Sin is the choice we make, when we yield to the temptation of the devil.

Every person is responsible for their own sin.  There are no excuses for sin.  We can't say the devil made us do it, because God says the devil can't make us sin, that he can only tempt us with sin.

No excuse for sin is accepted by God.  No circumstance is an accepted excuse for sin.  No reason is accepted by God for our sins.

No sin is excused by God for any reason.  God will hold us accountable for our own sins.  Each person will be judged by God for their own sins, no matter why they think they do them.

We must overcome the temptations of the devil (Romans 12:21).  We must overcome sin in our life.  We must endure temptation, rejecting the temptation of the devil all the days of our life, to receive the crown of life, eternal life in the Kingdom of God (James 1:12).

Greater is He (God) that is in me, than he (satan) that is in this world (1 John 4:4).  We can overcome all temptation because Christ Jesus overcame the world (John 16:33), and we are of God, we are the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26).

We can overcome all the temptation of satan, by the power of God given to us when we accept His gift of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

 


Who is responsible for my sin?

You alone are responsible for your own sin.  No one is responsible for your sin except you.

 

God is NOT responsible for sin in man

God is not responsible for your sin.  Sin is not of God.  No sin is in God (1 John 3:5).  God never committed sin (1 Peter 2:22), and will never commit any sin. 

God is not responsible for sin.  God cannot sin and has nothing to do with sin.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: James 1:13

God does not tempt anyone with sin.  There is no sin in God (1 John 3:5).  There is no sin with God.  There is no sin in the presence of God.

God gives everyone a way out of sin, through faith in Him to salvation.  God is able and we are able with God to avoid sin.

 

The devil is NOT responsible for sin in man

The devil can't make you sin.  The devil can't force anyone to sin, because satan has very limited powers.  The devil is only allowed to tempt you into sin, but he cannot make you commit sin.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

The devil sinned from the beginning.  The devil tempted Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden with sin, but satan did NOT force them to commit sin.

The devil has limited power.  The devil is only allowed to tempt man with sin.  Man commits sin, when man yields to the temptation.  The devil is a liar and will try and deceive man any way he can.  Sin is deceitful.

Sin is a choice, that every human being makes themselves, by their free will.  The perfect plan of God was to give mankind a choice, free will to choose, good or evil, life or death.  This perfect plan of God, giving mankind free will, choose, has been in place since the creation of mankind by God, and will continue until the end of this world.

The devil is not responsible for sin in man.

The devil is responsible for his own sins.  The devil has been tried and judged by God and will receive his just reward.  The eternal destiny of the devil is secured by the word of God. 

 

Adam is NOT responsible for my sin

Neither Adam nor Eve are responsible for our sin.   Adam and Eve are us, mankind.   We are mankind.  We are not better or more righteous than Adam or Eve.  Adam and Eve did nothing we would not have done.  Mankind is guilty of sin against God, not just Adam and Eve.

Yes, sin did enter into this world by Adam (Romans 5:12), but Adam doesn't commit our sin, we do.  We commit the sin of Adam by disobeying God, through forsaking the word of God, denying the truth of God, by pursuing our own lusts and desires, we commit sin against God.

By going against the word of God, disobeying God, we deny the truth of God and commit sin.  We either have faith in what God says and who God is, or we don't have faith, which is sin.

 

We are responsible for our own sin

We are responsible for our sin.  I am responsible for my sin.  You are responsible for your sin.  We are all responsible for our own sin.

No one is responsible for our sin, but ourselves because we choose to commit sin. 

 


How do we know what exactly is sin?

God gives us all in His word definitions of sin. 

Sin is revealed to us by God through His word and through His Spirit.  Through the word of God we can read what God calls sin.  By listening to the Spirit of God in our hearts we can know what is sin.

 

All unrighteousness is sin

The all encompassing definition of sin is that ALL unrighteousness is sin.  Things are righteous or unrighteous, good or evil, right or wrong.  All unrighteousness is not of God, because God is righteous.  All evil is not of God, because God is good.

 

Violating the 10 Commandments is sin

God gives specific instruction as to what is right and what is wrong in the commandments He gave to Moses.  The ten commandments were given to man to define sin, to bring knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20), to make known specifically what God considers sin, and what sins God wants us to avoid in our lives.

It is still the desire of God that we strife to live by the ten commandments, and teach them to others.

The ten commandments teach us that:

  1. Sin is having any other gods, because there is only One True God.
  2. Idolatry is sin.  Having, making, owning, or using idols is sin.
  3. Blasphemy of God is sin.  It is sin to take any of God's names in vain
  4. Not to remember God's Sabbath day is sin.
  5. Not honoring all our parents is sin.
  6. Killing, murder, or hating anyone is sin.
  7. Adultery is sin.  Lust in the heart is sin.
  8. Stealing is sin. 
  9. Lying is sin.
  10. Coveting is sin.  Desiring that of another is sin.

Not obeying any of the commandments of God is sin.

 

Predigest is sin

But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. James 2:9

God is no respecter of person, and neither should we be.

 

Yielding to temptation is sin

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:15

Temptation is not sin, but giving into sin is sin.  When we act on the temptation of sin offered to us, we commit sin.

 

Not doing right is sin

We all know, if we do something that we know is wrong it is sin, but God says that if we know something is right, but we don't do it, that it is sin.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17

 

Unbelief is sin

Having no faith in God to salvation is sin.  Unbelief, not believing in God, not having faith in God to the salvation of our souls is sin.

God says, whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23).

 

Pride is sin

Pride is sin (Proverbs 21:4).

 


What is the law of sin and death?

Because of the sin committed against God by the first man created, Adam, God gave all men the law of sin and death.

The law of sin and death is that we are all born into sin, covered in sin, and that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life, received through faith in Christ Jesus to the saving of our souls.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

Jesus made a way for us to escape the law of sin and death, by His shed blood on His cross, through His death and by His resurrection into new life, we too by believing on Him and the works that He did on His cross for us, we can receive the gift of life, eternal salvation.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

 

 


What sin separates anyone from God for eternity?

The sin of unbelief separates anyone from God for eternity.

Unbelief in God to salvation separates anyone from entering into everlasting life into the Kingdom of God.

 

Unbelief in God to salvation

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Hebrews 3:12

All people either have faith in God to salvation, or they do not have faith in God to salvation, which is unbelief. 

The one thing that separates the lost from the saved is their unbelief.  The lost choose unbelief over believing in God to the salvation of their souls.  The saved choose faith in God, which is to believe in God to the salvation of their souls.

Unbelief is a sin, because all unrighteousness is sin (1 John 5:17).  Unbelief, like all unrighteousness, is sin against God Himself.  Faithlessness is a sin against God.

God wants all of us to choose His salvation, trust and have faith in Him to save our souls, God wants everyone to choose life through salvation by faith in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:9; John 3:16; Deuteronomy 30:19; 2 Peter 3:9).

God wants you to be of them that believe to the saving of your soul.  Have faith in God!  (Mark 11:22)

But we are not of them who draw back into perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:39

 

Unbelief is a choice

Unbelief and faith are both a choice.

If you die without faith in God to salvation, then you choose eternal separation from God.

We are all given a choice to choose the salvation God offers us, through His love and His grace, or to choose a life apart from God, it is our choice.

God gives every human being free will, the ability to choose for themselves, whether or not to abide in Him and to accept His gift of salvation.

God does not force His love on anyone.  God does not force us to accept His free gift of salvation.  God never forces anyone to accept eternal life, it is our choice.

Not all men have faith in God (2 Thessalonians 3:2).  Some people choose NOT to have faith in God, it is their choice.

We are NOT born with faith in God, but we are all born with free will to choose to believe in God. 

There are consequences for the choices we make.  If we choose life with God, by asking Him for His salvation, then we receive everlasting life; but, if we choose life without God, through unbelief in what God says is truth, then we receive damnation, which is separation from God for all eternity (Romans 13:2).

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to them damnation. Romans 13:2

 

Two eternal destinies

God gives us the facts and lets us choose for ourselves.  There are only two eternal destinies, eternal life or eternal death, God says choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19).

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

Each person ever born is given the same choice of these two destinies, life or death.  We must each decide for ourselves which one to choose.

God loves us ALL and does NOT want anyone to perish and spend eternity without Him (2 Peter 3:9).  God loves us and wants us to spend eternity with Him.  God loves you and wants you to spend eternity with Him.

It is the will of God, the desire of God, that we ALL obtain His salvation, because God loves us and wants us all to spend eternity with Him, but He allows us free will to choose for ourselves.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

Destiny of the unbelieving

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to them damnation. Romans 13:2

The end of all unbelieving people is eternal death, because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8

 

Hope for the unbelieving

Yes, there is hope for the unbelieving, if before they die, they turn from their unbelief and turn to God, have faith in God to save them from sin and death, trust in the grace of God to save their souls, believe in the love of God to forgive all their sins, cleanse their hearts and make them whole.

The salvation of God is given to ANYONE who believes in God to the saving of their souls.

The salvation of God is the gift of God which is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).

When we place our trust and faith in the grace of God to save us from sin and death, when we believe Jesus died on His cross for our sins, so that we could be forgiven of our sins, and be reconciled to God by Jesus' resurrection from His grave to new life, we too can receive the salvation of God, which is eternal life (John 3:15-16; Romans 5:21; 1 John 5:20; Jude 1:21).

We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).  We become the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). 

 


What does God promise regarding sin?

God promises that sin ends in death, eternal separation from God.

 

The end of sin is death

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:15

God says that the end of sin is eternal death, which is separation from God for all eternity. 

If you live in sin, serve sin, abide in sin, you will receive the reward of sin, which is eternal death, eternal separation from God.

 

We are able to bear all temptation.

We will never be given any temptation that we are not able to bear and resist.

No one is given temptation greater than we are able to bear (1 Corinthians 10:13)

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

The devil can only tempt us with sin.  The devil cannot make us commit sin.  The temptation of sin comes from satan, not from God.

Temptation does not come from God.  God does NOT tempt anyone.  God does not give us temptation.  God gives us a way out of temptation.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: James 1:13

You may have heard the saying, "the devil made me do it".   No, the devil didn't force you to sin.  Yes, the devil gives us the temptation of sin, but it is our choice alone to yield to the temptation and commit sin. 

Remember, the temptation is NOT sin, but yielding to the temptation is sin.  Jesus, the SON of GOD, was tempted with sin, but HE did NOT yield to the temptation, Jesus never sinned.

Satan didn't force Adam and Eve to sin against God.  Satan didn't hold them down and shove the forbidden fruit down their throats, against their will. Satan has limited power over humankind.

Satan offered Adam and Eve sin, satan tempted them with sin, satan gave them temptation, but it was Adam's choice and Eve's choice to yield to the temptation and commit the sin against God.

And just like then, satan tempts us today with sin, and just like then, it is our choice if we yield to temptation and sin against God, it is our choice if we say NO to temptation and NO to sin. 

God wants us all to say NO to temptation and NO to sin. God wants us ALL to choose life over death. God wants us ALL to choose to follow the righteousness of God, rather than follow the unrighteousness of satan.  God wants us ALL to come to Him, be with Him for eternity in His Kingdom.  God doesn't want any person to perish, to die in sin and be separated from Him for eternity.

God promises that the wages of sin is death, that the end result of living a life to sin is death and separation from Him for eternity.

God promises that if we want eternal life with Him, that He will help us.  All we need to do is have faith that God is able to save us from sin and death, and that through faith in Jesus Christ we can receive God's salvation.

Sin separates anyone from God.  It doesn't matter who you think you are, sin separates you from God.  Sin separates me from God.  Sin separates all people from God. 

Sin will never be in the presence of God.  The realm of God, the Kingdom of God, Heaven, the throne of God is sinless, without sin.  No sin exists with God.

To come to God, to be with God for eternity, to receive eternal life, we must be free from sin, sin must be purged, removed from our lives.

We are all born into sin, because Adam and Eve sinned against God.  We are all sinners.  In order to see God, be with God for eternity after we die, we must be cleansed from all our sin.

Through the Grace of God, we are given a way out of sin and death, we are given a way to be with God, and the way is Jesus Christ, the SON of GOD.  Through faith in Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven of our sins, purged from sin, cleansed of all our sins, made pure, justified, sanctified, redeemed, and reconciled to God.

By believing in Jesus Christ we can be saved from sin and death. 

 

Sin can be overcome

God promises all people that we can overcome sin, with the power of Christ given to us through salvation.  We can overcome sin and death through the salvation of God.

By salvation through Christ Jesus, we can overcome sin and death, because He has overcome sin and death (Revelation 2:7, 11, 3:5, 21; 12:11, 21:7; 1 John 4:4; 5:4-5).

 

God promises a way to escape all sin.

God promises to make us a way to escape all sin that tempts us (1 Corinthians 10:13).

God gives us a way out of sin.  Sin is NOT from God.

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: 2 Peter 2:9

The power of sin is never greater than the power of Almighty God.  God's power is always greater than any power sin has. 

If you are a child of God, by receiving the salvation of God through faith in Christ Jesus, then you have the power of God abiding in you to overcome sin, resist sin, avoid sin, and escape from all sin.

Greater is He (God) that is in you, than he (satan) that is in this world.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:  because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4

 


Where did sin come from?

Where did sin originate?  What is the origin of sin?

Sin did NOT originate with God.  God cannot sin.  Sin is NOT of God in any way.  God is NOT responsible for sin (James 1:13).

Sin originated with the devil, but sin was given birth in humanity through Adam and Eve in this world (Romans 5:12). 

Through the rebellion of Adam and Eve against God, in the Garden of Eden, where they disobeyed the command of God, sin infected humanity.  Sin is inherited into every human being, from the sins of Adam and Eve. 

We are all born with sin and with a sinful nature.  Our carnal flesh is prone to sin, but each person is also born with free will; we all have the same choice, to choose the salvation of God and receive the power to overcome sin in our life.  Sin is a choice each person makes.

Every person born both inherits a sinful nature AND every person born has free will to choose the salvation of God, and therefore is responsible for choosing sin. 

We are enabled and born with free will, just like Adam and Eve, to choose right or choose wrong, to obey God or disobey God, to rebel against God or serve and obey God, to accept God's gift of salvation or reject it.

Each person is responsible for their own sin.  The fact that Adam sinned first, does not excuse us from being responsible for our own sin, because we all have free will to choose who we are to obey.  We can choose to obey sin, or we can choose to obey God.

Yes, we are all born into sin, but we do NOT have to accept a life of sin, because God made us a way to escape sin, which is by faith in His Son, Christ Jesus to salvation.

God promises us power to overcome sin through salvation, which is by accepting in faith His grace to the salvation of our souls.

 


What does sin make us?

Using sin makes us a sinner.  Using sin makes us the servant of sin.

Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. John 8:34

 

 


Never been a sinner, I've never sinned?

What about those people who say that they don't sin, that they have "never been a sinner", that say, "I've never sinned"? 

God says in His Holy Word, that ALL people have sinned and fell short of the glory of God.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

Since, God says that ALL have sinned, if we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:10

The good news, is that God promises ALL people who confess their sins to Him, admit to God you are a sinner, that He will forgiven your sins.

If we say that 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. 1 John 1:8-9

 


Who sins?

 

But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Galatians 3:22

 

God says all have sinned

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

Please note the scripture says for all have sinned.  This scripture uses the past tense have sinned.  This scripture says that at one point in everyone's life, when we reach the age of accountability toward God, we have all sinned.  This scriptures does NOT give people a license to sin.  This scripture does NOT give people excuse to live in sin.

Before we are saved, we live in sin, after we are saved we do NOT live in sin. 

When we are saved through faith in Jesus Christ to salvation, we are cleansed from all sin.  God desires that His children, the saved in Christ, to remain free from sin, DO NOT sin.  Sin is in the past lives of believers.  The death and resurrection of Jesus overcame sin and death for all the saved in Christ.  The death and resurrection of Jesus set believers free from sin, we are to sin no more, because as Christ did, we put to death sin in our lives.

Receiving salvation does not give a person license to live in sin, NO receiving God's gift of salvation gives us the power to overcome sin in our lives.  We are saved from sin and death.  Sin has no rule over the lives of faithful believers of Jesus, because we put on Christ and are given victory from sin.  The death and resurrection of Jesus cut the chains of our bondage to sin, we were made free through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.   Jesus paid the final price for our freedom from sin and death forevermore.

 

By one man sin entered into the world

Through Adam, one man, sin entered into the world, and death because of sin.  Therefore sin and death are passed onto all people, because we all are descendants of Adam and therefore all have sinned.  Because of Adam's sin we all have the curse of sin and death.

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12

 

By One death was destroyed

Through Jesus, one man, sin and death were destroyed.  By the sacrifice and death of Jesus the whole world's sins can be forgiven.  And by the resurrection of Christ Jesus we too can receive eternal life.

 

Those who sin are of the devil

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8

 

Those who sin, sin against God

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4

 

All who commit sin are the servant of sin.

If you sin, you become a servant of sin, you serve sin and not God.

Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. John 8:34

 

Those who sin hath not God

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 2 John 1:9

 


Who doesn't sin?

Only God is without sin.  Jesus Christ is the only one in the flesh who was without sin in this world.

And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. Matthew 19:17

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

The children of God are NOT to sin, but because we are still in our earthly flesh and bones bodies sin is all around us, we have a constant war with our Spirit and our flesh to sin.

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 1 Peter 2:11

The children of God are NOT to sin, because we are born of God and Christ dwells inside of each child of God.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9

 

If we inadvertently sin, we have an advocate, Jesus, who will forgive us of our sins, if we ask for forgiveness and repent of our sins.

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1 John 2:1

 


Who is a sinner?

Now we know that ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS is SIN, and that anyone who sins is called a sinner, who exactly are sinnersAm I a sinner?

Anyone who sins is a sinner.   We all sin therefore we are all sinners.

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12

Sin entered into the world by one man, Adam.  Death is the result of sin. Therefore death is given to all people, for all have sinned.  

All humankind is born into sin.  No one is born without sin.

 


What happens to sinners?

Anyone who sins is a sinner.  God says that those who sin will die.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

We are all sinners, therefore we will all die because of sin, But God loves us and gave us a way out of death, which is the gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ who can give us eternal life, so we do not need to die because of our sins.

 


Who can save us from our sins?

 

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:1-2

 

Jesus came to save us from our sins.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:24

 


How does Jesus save us from our sins?

Believing in Jesus Christ to the salvation of our souls, saves us from our sins.

By faith, believing in Jesus, the Son of God, we are saved from our sins and from death.

I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:24

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Acts 15:11

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

 

By mercy and truth sin is removed

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil. Proverbs 16:6

 


What is repentance?

 

For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. Psalm 38:18

Repentance is the process of feeling regret, remorse and sorrow for sin and turning from sin and dedicating oneself to the amendment of one's life.

Repentance is always change.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:19

When we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour of our life, Jesus lives in us and we see the truth through Him. 

Jesus opens our eyes to the light and we see ourselves as he sees us.  Jesus allows us to see our sinful life as He sees it and we no long can live in our old life of sin.  Jesus changes our way of thinking.  We cannot put on our old life of sin, because we have a new life, we are a new creation in Christ.

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26:18

 


Isn't repentance, just confession of sin?

No, repentance of sin is not confession of sin, they are separate issues because God says so in His word.  The scriptures say repentance is change of behavior and attitude and heart, where confession is verbal from the mouth.

Confession is the outward, verbal proclamation that Jesus is Lord.  With the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:10), but the act of salvation is the operation of God through faith in His Son (Colossians 2:12).   No amount of "words" that we confess saves anyone; salvation is the gift of God from God alone through faith alone.

There have been false teachers, since the beginning of time, teaching other than God's word, teaching that salvation is somehow obtained by certain "special words" of confession.  This is not the case, because God alone saves, not by words, not by any works or things that we can do, God saves through faith not confession of any kind.

The act of confession has never and will never save anyone from sin and death.  We are NOT saved by words, we are saved through faith in Jesus Christ as the Lord of our life (Galatians 3:26). 

We are not saved by words, that we may or may not say, we are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, by the renewing of our spirit and soul through regeneration, through sanctification by the Blood of Christ, through reconciliation to God through faith alone.

The Holy Word of God states that one day every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Those who have gone through this life refusing to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord of their life, who refuse to place their faith in Christ Jesus to salvation will die in their sins, and be separated from God for all eternity.

Salvation is made in our heart, in our spirit, in our soul, not by words we just say from our lips, our words of salvation comes from our heart not just our lips.

 


How do we receive repentance?

 

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  2 Corinthians 7:10

 

Remission of sins

For this is the blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission off their sins, Luke 1:77

 

Repentance

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Luke 15:7

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15:10

 


What does God say we are to do about sin?

God says we are to sin not.  We are not to sin.

 

Moses said fear the Lord and sin not

And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. Exodus 20:20

 

Stand in awe and sin not

Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Psalm 4:4

If we keep our heart on God, our thoughts, if we remember how wonderful God is and all he means to us, we will stand in awe of God and sin not.

 

We are warned not to sin

Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul. Ezekiel 3:21

 

Awake to righteousness and sin not

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:34

 

Be angry at evil and sin not

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Ephesians 4:26

We fight a war with the devil every day.  The minute we let our guard down he will come into our lives and try and destroy us.  We must be vigilant and determined and angry at evil to keep it out of our lives.

 

The word of God was written that we may not sin

If we sin we have an advocate with God the Father, who is Jesus Christ the righteous.  Jesus is our advocate if we sin.

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1 John 2:1

We can see that the scriptures say if we sin, not when we sin

The word of God reads over and over we are not to sin, but if we do we have an advocate with God who can redeem us and forgive us from our sin, which is His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Don't let sin rule your life

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Romans 6:12

 

Jesus Christ set us free from sin

When we are saved, we no longer serve sin, we are free from sin though Jesus Christ.

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?  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Romans 6:16-18;22

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

 


How can we avoid sin?

Through salvation, knowing God and His word, knowing His truth, we can avoid all sin.

 

Knowing the word of God

We avoid sin by studying and mediating in the word of God we can avoid sin.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11

 

Knowing God

We can avoid sin by knowing God, seeking God, worshiping God, loving God, listening to God, standing in awe of God we can avoid sin. 

Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.  Selah. Psalm 4:4

 

Trust God

We can avoid sin by trusting in God.

 

Jesus Christ

We can avoid sin by knowing the Truth, which is Jesus Christ, we are set free from the bondage of sin.  We are set free from sin by the grace of the Lord.  The Grace of God is bigger than sin.  God is larger than anything.  Sin is not to rule our lives, Jesus is to rule our lives.

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14

Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Romans 6:18

 

Following Christ

If we follow Christ, then we will avoid sin.  When we are saved, we die to sin, as Christ died to sin, and those who are dead are freed from sin (Romans 6:7).  God says it is impossible to serve Him in righteousness and serve unrighteousness at the same time, so if we are following after righteousness, following Christ, we will not be following sin.

All who are Christ's follow Him, because they know Him (John 10:14, 27).

 

Walk in the Spirit

We avoid sin by walking in the Spirit of God.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16

 

Depart from evil

We avoid sin by departing from evil.

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil. Proverbs 16:6

 

Stay in obedience to God

We avoid sin by submitting ourselves to God.  God promises that if we submit ourselves to Him, and resist the devil, that the devil will flee from us.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4:7-8

If we remain submitted to God, we will be obeying His word.

 


Can we SIN and still go to Heaven?

We CANNOT live in SIN and still go to Heaven, because God says sin will NOT enter Heaven. 

God is righteous and will NOT let unrighteousness enter His kingdom. 

SIN will never enter the Kingdom of God. 

Unrighteousness will NOT enter Heaven.

Think about it, how could sin coexist with God?  God is sinless.  The presence of God is free from all sin.

If you practice sin you are unrighteous and God says that the unrighteousness will NOT enter Heaven.

All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. 1 John 5:17

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Romans 1:18

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:12

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

 

God says be not deceived and then goes on to explain in detail who are unrighteous.   So many people are deceived into believing the lies of the devil, being that for some reason, that they are exempt from certain scriptures.  They falsely believe the devil straight to hell.

Please note that God did NOT list any exceptions to this scripture.  What does this mean?  Anyone who is unrighteous, who believe they are saved or unsaved, will NOT inherit the kingdom of God, be not deceived.   The word of God is truth.

God is telling us all, even if we believe that we are saved, that if we are unrighteous, we will NOT inherit the kingdom of GodBe not deceived.

If you say to yourself that doesn't mean me, because I am saved, that scripture is only for the lost, be not deceived, God didn't list any exemptions.  And the scriptures tells us all not to add to or take away from the word of God.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19

 


Who then can be saved?

If sin cannot enter heaven, and everyone sins, how can anyone be saved and inherit the kingdom of God?

If no one is without sin, how can anyone be saved?

This same question was asked of Jesus.

When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?  But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:25-26

And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Mark 10:26-27

And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:26-27

We must remember GOD is NOT man.  We think in terms of what we know, here on earth, in this world.  God is NOT of this world and God can do things that we cannot understand.   This is were faith comes in, we must have faith in God that we are saved and NOT think of our salvation in terms of this world.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8

 

All that follow Christ will be saved

Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. Matthew 19:27-30

Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.  And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Mark 10:28-29

Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. Luke 18:28-30

We are to follow Christ no matter what the cost.

 

Those who endure until the end shall be saved

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:13

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Mark 13:13

All who remain in the faith of God will be saved.

 


What must the unrighteous do in order to go to Heaven?

How can an unrighteous, sinful person enter Heaven?  They must be purged of their sin.  Their sin must be removed, in order to enter the kingdom of God.

God sees two types of people in the whole world - lost and saved.  God sees His children and the rest of the world.  God sees those who have accepted His free gift of eternal salvation, and those who have not.  God sees all who believe in Him, and those who do not believe in Him for their salvation.

The lost are people who have not received salvation, who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.

The saved are people who have received God's free gift of salvation, who have accepted Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as their personal Lord and Saviour.

 

The removal of sin is different for the lost than for the saved.

        1. Before salvation we are considered LOST - we must receive salvation.

        2. After salvation we are considered SAVED - we must confess our sin and repent of sin.

God says both types of people, lost and saved, all people must remove sin from their lives in order to inherit the kingdom of God, go to Heaven.

The only way to remove sin is through faith, believing in Jesus Christ.

 

The Lost must receive Salvation

The lost are all people who are without God.  We are saved from our sins through the blood Jesus shed when He was crucified on a cross. 

Jesus was the only sacrifice God would accept for the sins of the world.

Jesus died so that the people of this world could live.

After Jesus died and was buried, He rose from His grave three days later.   Jesus ascended into Heaven and sits on the right had side of God.  We can live because Jesus lives!

If we believe in Jesus, the Son of God, we can also be resurrected into eternal life.   This will happen either when we die, or when Jesus returns, which ever happens first.

In order to receive eternal life, gain entrance into Heaven, we must be free from sin and this happens when we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour and we receive the free gift of salvation from God.

Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

For more information see - SALVATION

 

The Saved must Confess and Repent of all sin

After we are saved, if we inadvertently sin, we can receive forgiveness from our sins by confessing our sin to Jesus and repenting of our sin. 

If we confess and repent of our sins, Jesus will forgive us our sins.

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

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:19

For more information see - SIN AFTER

 


How do we know that our sins are forgiven?

We can know that all our sins are forgiven because the word of God tells us that all our sins are forgiven.

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

Our sins are forgiven because we asked for forgiveness in the name of Jesus.

I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. 1 John 2:12

Our sins are removed from us, as far as the east is from the west.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

 

Knowledge of salvation

We have knowledge of salvation by the remission of our sins.

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Luke 1:77

How do we have knowledge of salvation? by the remission of our sins.

The Spirit of God reveals salvation to our spirit.  God's Spirit confirms salvation to our spirit.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Romans 8:16

 


How do we know we are saved?

 

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24

 

We confessed and believe and repent

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

 

Faith in Jesus Christ

We are saved by God's grace through believing in Jesus Christ to salvation.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8

For more information see - ASSURANCE

 


Is there a sin that God will not forgive?

God says through His holy word that there is a sin that will not be forgiven, which is the blasphemy of the Holy Ghost.

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Matthew 12:31

If we obey God and stay in fellowship with Him and stay in His word, we will not be able to commit blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.

If we stay in our faith and believe in Jesus Christ we will not be able to commit blasphemy against the Holy Ghost.

For more information see - Always Saved

 


If I am saved and sin all my life, will I still go to heaven?

God says NO.  You are either attached to Christ, or a life of sin.  You are either drinking from the cup of Christ or the cup of devils.  You are either dining at the table of righteousness or the table of sin.  You are either saved or you are lost. 

When you are genuinely saved, God says that your spirit is regenerated and is separated from the lusts of this world, you become a new creature, old things are passed away, old sin habits are gone from your desires.  You want to live for Christ, you desire the ways of God, not the ways of the flesh.

Many people "say" that they are saved, "say" that they are a Christian, but continue to live a life of willful sin.  No one can serve the devil and serve God.

Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. 1 Corinthians 10:21

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:8

You may say, "Okay, but that doesn't say a person is not saved, it just says that you cannot do both, sin and be righteous."

But the word of God does say just that.  If we do not obey God, abide in Jesus, we cannot be saved.

Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. Acts 27:31

Corruption, which is sin, cannot inherit incorruption, which is the kingdom of God.

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 1 Corinthians 15:50

All unrighteousness is sin and NO sinful person will enter heaven.

All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. 1 John 5:17

The end of all sin is death.  ALL PEOPLE who willfully commit sin receive eternal death and separation from God for eternity.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:15

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

God said be NOT deceived, ALL unrighteous people will NOT inherit the kingdom of God.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

ALL people who live in sin day in and day out, serve satan, and will NOT inherit the kingdom of God, and it does not matter what you call yourself.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

This scripture from God includes ALL PEOPLE, everyone, no one is exempt from the word of God.

DO NOT BE DECEIVED!!!

The devil has deceived many, many people into a false sense of security regarding their eternity.  The devil tells many people that they don't have to worry because they say that they are saved.  The devil tells people just say your saved, just say you are a Christian and you don't have to worry about a thing.

The devil is dead wrong.  And those who follow the devil will be just like him, dead wrong.  Saying that you are saved, or saying that you are a Christian will NOT gain you entrance into heaven, into the kingdom of God.

The word of God reads we must do the will of God, take up our cross and daily follow Christ.  Obedience is the product of true salvation.  Obeying God is our evidence of our salvation.  Doing the will of God is having faith in God.

Salvation is not in words, it is in faith, deep heart faith in God.

We all obtain salvation the same way, by the grace of God through faith in God.  We do not obtain salvation by ourselves, nothing that we can do can gain us salvation. 

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 5:9

Salvation is achieved by believing in the Son of God, Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9) to salvation.  Obedience to God cannot gain us salvation, but obedience to God cannot be separated from faith and salvation.  Obedience to God is produced by salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  Through faith we are saved, not works of obedience.  We have faith because of the grace of God.  Obeying God, answering His call to salvation is following the will of God. 

It is God's will that all people everywhere obtain salvation.  Salvation is not just for certain people on this earth, who do certain things a certain way, but salvation is God's gift to all people everywhere who come to Him through faith in His Son, Christ Jesus.

Who enters the kingdom of Heaven?  Those who do the will of God the Father, not those who do the will of man by ceremonies, or by rituals, or by works, or by joining some place or some organization.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23

Will you be the one talked about in this scripture?  Does God know you?

What will God tell you when you die?  You will say "Lord, Lord", but what will God say?  Will God say "I never knew you, depart from me, you that live in sin."?

Or will God say "Enter into Heaven, my true and faithful servant".

Obedience to God, following Christ after we are saved, is the product of salvation, not the cause of salvation.  Obeying God is removing sin from our lives Being a child of God is sinning no more.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9

Sin cannot be the master of our lives.  Believers have only one master Jesus Christ.

If you are living in sin, there is still hope.  Repent of your sin and ask Jesus to be the only Lord and Saviour of your life. 

Receive salvation while there is still time.

 


What is blaspheme against the Holy Ghost? 

Blaspheme against the Holy Ghost is unbelief, standing against Him, denying Him, remaining in unbelief of Him.  Blaspheme is denying the Holy Ghost, denying God, denying Christ, denying the One True Living Jehovah Almighty God, and denying the necessity of the salvation of God by His grace through faith.

When we are saved, we receive the Holy Ghost. 

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Act 2:38

If we throw out our faith, if we deny God, if we deny the Holy Ghost, we have blasphemed against the Holy Ghost, and God says in His word that this will not ever be forgiven.

If we deny our spirit, given to us from Almighty God,  if we deny our faith in Jesus Christ, He will deny us on judgment day.

But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:33

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 2 Timothy 2:12

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Titus 1:16

So, the only way you can lose your salvation is if you throw it away.  This is a conscious effort on your part.  Please know that this is not something you can do by mistake, or by accident, it is done on purpose.

Once a person blasphemes against the Holy Ghost, throws God out of their life forever, abandons God, denies Christ, forfeits eternal, everlasting life, God is separated from them.

Their heart hardens, their heart dies and they cannot see God anymore.  They join satan and satan's angels and become permanently separated from God for eternity.

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 2 Peter 2:4

And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Jude 1:6

Just as God eternally separated Himself from one of his favorite angels, who rebelled against God and fell from grace and from heaven and became satan, and the angels that followed satan, God separates from those who, without hope of ever returning to God, those who blaspheme the Holy Ghost.

And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. Luke 12:10

All this is done in the heart, it is not mere words, and only God knows your heart, no one else knows what is in your heart, but God.

For more information see - Holy Ghost

 


How does someone know if they have blasphemed against the Holy Ghost?

You might say, I don't want to do this by mistake and lose my salvation, how can I be sure I have not blasphemed against the Holy Ghost?

The fact that you are reading this indicates that you probably have not blasphemed against the Holy Ghost.

Those that have blasphemed against the Holy Ghost are completely cut off from God, are permanently separated from God. 

People who are separated from God, do not seek God.

They have no vision for God, they cannot see God, they cannot hear the voice of God, they do not know God and they do not want to know anything about God.  The Holy Ghost is gone from within them.

If you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and have accepted Him into your life, and have asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins, and you have turned from sin, you are saved and have not committed the unforgivable sin against God. 

If you stay in Christ Jesus, abide in Christ, and you do not sin willfully, depart from evil, and you repent when you do sin, and you obey God's commandments, and study the word of God, and love the children of God, you do not have to worry about committing this sin against God. 

When you are saved, Christ is in you, abiding inside of you, you are not able to blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, when we walk close with God.

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 1 Corinthians 12:3

This unforgivable sin is only for those who deny Jesus and God the Father and the Holy Ghost A true believer of Jesus Christ cannot deny God, blaspheme against the Holy Ghost.

Those people who have cut all ties to God, denied God and Jesus, who have hardened their hearts against God, who have denied the voice of God in their hearts, speaking to them, who have blasphemed against the Holy Ghost, denying salvation are the only ones who God cannot forgive and therefore none of these people will enter the kingdom of God and they will never receive eternal life.

I personally cannot see how any true born-again believer of Christ could ever reach this point in their life. 

It is not for me or you to judge.  God is the only judge.

 


Why can't we live in sin?

If a person is saved, why can't they live any way they want to? 

God tell us all in His Holy Word, that we can't live in sin, because God can't go there. 

God cannot live in sin.  God does NOT live in sin.  God has nothing to do with sin. 

If we choose to live in sin, then we are choosing to live without God.

If we attach ourselves to sin, then we are detaching ourselves from God.  We are cut off from God by our choice to sin.

God promised never to leave His children, but many times His children decide to leave Him.  God does not leave us, but we leave God through sin. 

God does not force His salvation on anyone, and God does not force anyone to remain with Him in faith to salvation.

Leaving God, departing from the faith, forsaking God, denying Christ, turning from God, all these departures from God are listed and warned against in the Word of God. 

The apostles preached about the consequences of leaving God, departing from God, (if not repented of) is worse than never knowing God at all (2 Peter 2:21).

God tells us in His Word that we must overcome sin.  God does not leave us alone to overcome sin, but empowers us all with His power (received through salvation) to overcome sin.  Do you believe that God can overcome sin?  Yes, He already has.  Do you believe that with the power of God that you can overcome sin?  Yes, I can.

Overcoming sin is not a suggesting from God.  God didn't say that we are to try and overcome sin if we can, but God tells us all that we must overcome sin to inherit all the things of God (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 3:5, 21, 21:7).

When we are overcome with sin, we are in bondage (2 Peter 2:19), we search out sin, we seek sin, we pursue sin, we are consumed with sin, then we become the servants of sin ((Romans 6:16), and attached to the devil by sin.  Through sin we detach ourselves from God, we forsake God, we abandon God.  We are either servants of sin (attached to sin), or we are servants of righteousness, servants of God (attached to God), but NO ONE can be both, NO ONE can be attached to sin AND attached to God. 

We are either free from sin or we are free from righteousness, because when we are servants of sin, we are void of righteousness (Romans 6:20).

God says when we are saved we are overcome with Christ, we put on Christ and His righteousness, we search out God, we seek fellowship with Christ, we desperately pursue righteousness, we attach ourselves to the things of God, the ways of God, and we abandon and forsake sin.

Salvation in Christ frees us from all sin and enables us to become the faithful servants of God (Romans 6:22).

God never said that overcoming sin is automatic with salvation.  God did say that He Himself will give us the power to overcome all sin (1 John 4:4), because He has overcome all sin (John 16:33).  God did say that with every temptation to sin that is presented to us, that He Himself will give us a way to escape it.  God also promises never to leave us, God is with us always (Matthew 28:20), good times and bad times, highs and lows, when we are in trouble to help us find our way out.

The Holy Spirit of God is our Comforter, our Protector, our Guide, our Teacher to the things of God.

The Holy Spirit of God is given to every child of God through salvation.  The Holy Spirit is given to us to comfort us and guide us through this life to God.  The Holy Spirit convicts our hearts of sin.

The Spirit of God Himself tells our spirit inside of every believer, when we are about to fall into sin and when we have sinned.  This warning system was gifted to us by God to enable us to fight sin.  The Holy Spirit is our sin alarm.

If we neglect the Holy Spirit's voice, His alarm, warning us of sin, telling us to be careful that danger is near; then, we grieve the Holy Spirit and we are entering very dangerous territory.

Every time we reject God by ignoring the Holy Spirit's voice, warning us of danger, God's prompt for us to avoid sin, we are in danger of hardening our hearts against God. 

Hardening of the heart is when we no longer hear the voice of God.  When our hearts are so hard that not ever the voice of God Himself can penetrate it, then we have hardening of the heart.

Hardening of the heart is created by rejecting God.  Hardening of the hearts is created when we decide that we have no need for God.  Hardening of the heart develops differently for different people.  It could take months or years, only God knows when it has taken place. 

Hardening of the heart can graduate to the point of no returning to God.  The point of no returning to God is not that God will not take back any repentant sinner, but that you will not want to go back to God from your life of sin.

When we sin we are believing a lie from the devil over the truth of God.  All sin is deceitfulness and can lead to the hardening of your heart (Hebrews 3:13), to the point that you cannot hear the voice of God ever again.

The children of God hear the voice of God, the Holy Spirit of God speaks to our spirit. 

The Scriptures tell us that today if we hear His voice, harden not your heart - don't reject God's voice, listen to Him, talk with Him, answer Him today (Hebrews 3:15).

 


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