Stage 1: Sin

This week, I plan to cover the stages of salvation, from sin to grace and redemption to salvation. Stick with me, the first stage is the hardest.

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” – Romans 3:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

What is sin? Is it violating the Ten Commandments? Is it not following Jesus’ directives? Is it making choices counter to the Bible?

Yes, but it is more than this. John 4:17 reads:

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

If you know the right thing to do in any situation and choose not to do it, it is sin.

We are all sinners, we all deserve death. God does not have any debt with us, not does he have any obligation to us. He does not have to stop murders, suicides, wars, deaths, pain, anguish, rapes, etc.

These things come about (usually) because of a person’s rebellion. Whether it is a child refusing to listen to parents and sneaking off to a pool, or a teen drinking their first beer before cruising around town, it is their sinful choice. If it is a criminal desperate for money shooting a store clerk, or a jealous lover grabbing a gun when their relationship goes awry, it is their sinful choice. If it is a warlord trying to increase their territory handing guns to kids, or a politician looking to flex his government’s muscles, it is their sinful choice.

Each of those situations, the sinner presumably knew right from wrong. Their sin was the decision to do the opposite. It was this sin that brings death.

Learn to exercise your decisions by praying over them. God reveals the right way when there is a sinful choice involved. Read the Bible for yourself to learn discernment. These are things which will remove sin from your life. Sin does not have to hold your life captive.

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