What is Sin?

The Greek word which has been translated as sin in our Bibles is hamartia which means to miss the mark or to err. An example I would use is this, If a designed designs a car to be run using petrol and I decide that I am not going to use petrol but water, then you could say that I am not using the car according to the designer’s instructions. I have missed the mark and I have erred.

We understand that in my example there will be a consequence, i.e., the car will not work and will consequently be damaged. The Bible tells us that there is a consequence of sin, which is death …

Romans 6v23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

… not just physical death, but what the Bible calls the second death…

Revelation 20v14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

… which is God’s judgement.

One might say that some people are good and others are bad, but when it comes to sin we are all exactly the same.

Romans 3v23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Sin is inescapable, so this is where God’s love comes in.

God’s Love

God sent his only born Son to die for our sins, …

Titus 3v4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared

… and to rise again from the dead

1 Corinthians 15v3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

He died as a sacrifice. In this case he gave himself as a sacrifice for our sin, in other words, he took the punishment that we deserve, upon himself.

Ephesians 5v2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

He did this through his crucifixion.

On the third day Jesus rose from the dead …

1 Corinthians 15v3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

… conquering death …

Hebrews 2v14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

… forty days after his death he ascended into Heaven, where he obtained eternal redemption (a buying back) …

Hebrews 9v12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

… and obtaining everlasting life to those who come to him in faith.

1 John 2v25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.