What Is Sin?

This video will give us understanding concerning basic nature of the sin. To know what sin is is to know who we are, why we are here and where we are going. Watch carefully!

Video Script:

Hi, In this channel, we will discuss if God permits, major issues of the Bible such as what is salvation, what is faith, what is second coming, what is being born agarin and so on.

We believe these videos will give us fresh eyes to read the bible which is verily fresh compare to our traditional teachings and understandings that we currently have. And this fresh reading will guide us to the correct salvation and new life eventually.

Today, we will discuss about sin first. Let’s take a look at the screen.What is sin?In this picture, these texts explain the drawing briefly.This drawing shows that one man wears sin-jacket and becomes a sinner, and then, being born into this world, which is likened to the sea. He, with his sin-jacket on, is having hard and impossible time to reach the kingdom of God located at the bottom of the sea. And this drawing reveals the current situation of the believers.

A. SIN

First, I wish to explain the drawing in detail starting from the sin here. What is sin?

1) Sin is not evil act
We generally think that sin means one or two evil deeds, such as stealing, murdering, committing adultery, hating others and so forth. So, we sometimes are troubled by the thoughts whether drinking alcohol or smoking, or eating too much is to be considered as sin or not.Like this, we define sin is a certain act or acts amongst various behaviors in our lives. But basically, the ‘definition of sin’ is not that kind, if we understand the truth revealed by the Bible.

2) Sin is State which is the separation from God
The definition of sin is separation from God’ or ‘absence of God’, which is a state. We can know this truth from the word of Prophet Isaiah, he says [Isaiah 59:2]“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
This means that iniquities (=which is sin) separate us from God and sins hide God from us. From here, we can understand that the concept of sin is separation from God or absence of God. Yes, sin is a state of separation from God.

3) Such sin as is cannot be good or bad, because it is a state.
Having said that, such sin cannot be said good or bad, because it is a simple state. For instance, imagine light. “Light is”, when there is no light, we call it darkness.” The darkness is the state of separation from light, that is, absence of light. Maybe some people want to say that the darkness is evil or bad. But that is not right. The darkness, as is, cannot be said bad or evil, because it is a state. So is sin.

B. SINNER ME

1) When man put the sin on, he is a sinner who is separated from God.
However, in case sin, which is a state, becomes one with a man or a man is clothed with it, from that time on, the man shall be totally controlled by sin. And in such case, the sin will have the personality of the man. And the man will act in separation from God and will show Godless behaviors all the time. He is a sinner, now. Apostle Paul describes such man as this:

[Romans 1:28] And even as they did notlike to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Here, which ‘they do not like to retain God in their knowledge’ means ‘they like to be separated from God’. In this way, they are sinners.

2) And the Sinner Sins
Such sinner has to sin all the time whether he wants it or not.Regarding this truth, Jesus says in this way:

[Matthew 7:17-18] Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.

Here, tree symbolizes man; the fruit symbolizes his acts and behaviors. Bad tree refers to sinner who has become one with separation from God. And sinner produces sinful acts, as bad tree produces bad fruit.From here, we can know that we do not become sinners because we did sinful acts, but we, the sinners, do sinful acts. In other words, it is not sinful acts that make us sinners, but our separation from God makes us sinners.

C. SINNER IN THIS WORLD

1) Agree on it or not, all mankind are born into this world as sinners.
Agree it or not, all mankind are born in this world as sinners. We who are born-sinners can do nothing but sinning. Even taking our breath in and out is sin.

2) Sin is is related to our born nature, and it will never be removed in spite of our legalistic efforts.
In this world, we are trying very hard not to sin, especially, we, the believers, but in vain. Why is that? Read

[Jeremiah 13:23] Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may you also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

Here, ‘you who are accustomed to do evil’ does not mean ‘those who have done various evil deeds’, but it refers to the born-sinners. The born-sinners cannot do good no matter how hard they may try. If we say that they can, then we mean to say this nonsense that the Ethiopian can change his skin color and the leopard can remove its spots by endeavors.

So it not possible at all that the born-sinners do good. This is what Jesus says “a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.”This word of God enlightens us our sin issue is that which is related to our born nature and being, so we cannot correct or remove our sinful behaviors by our efforts. Not knowing this, we have tried long time not to sin, only to fail.

D. DRAWING EXPLAINED

To recap, I will explain this drawing again:Here is ‘Me.’ This me can be me, can be you, and can be each individual of all mankind.I was created by God. After that, I decided to wear sin-jacket(=which is the separation from God). Some may say that I love God so much, why should I clothe myself with the sin-jacket? But, we are not here to discuss emotions of men, but truth which everything has to follow it. Each mankind will be clothed with the sin-jacket by own decision.

Once I wear it, I become one with sin and I become ‘me of sin’, who is the sinner separated from God.By uniting with sin, we all are born into this world.Here, this world is likened to the sea, and down under the sea, there is the kingdom of God where God abides.We are trying desperately to reach the kingdom of God located at the bottom of the sea, but we can never ever reach there, due to the buoyancy of the sin-jacket.

For this situation, Apostle Paul says this:

[Romans 3:23] For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God,

Again, in this verse, ‘for all have sinned’ does not mean to say that ‘we all sinned in this world’, but it refers to ‘all of us who are born-sinners’.We have no remedy for this sin because it is related to our born nature as I said.Now, I will explain this drawing according to the revelation of the Bible.

This me, is Adam. I am an Adam, because Adam is the representative of all mankind. I was created by God as an Adam in the Garden of Eden.And I decided to be separated from God, because I think “I can do better for myself than God will do for me”. This truth is revealed by Adam’s act to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The meaning of eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil is that I wish to have my own ‘good’ which is different from God’s good.
But, in order to stay in the Garden of Eden with God I need to share God’s good. Therefore, in case, I possess my own good, I have to get out of Eden being separated from God, as in Eden there cannot be two different good.So, by eating from the tree of knowledge, I clothe myself with sin-jacket and am born into this world as a sinner.

We, the born-sinners are to sin every minute, no matter how hard we may try not to.The sin-jacket will keeping us up and up continuously against our effort not to sin in order to draw nearer to God.This is the current situation of those who are said to be the believers of Jesus.

E. JESUS IN THE FLESH

1) Invitation of Jesus
For such poor us, Jesus invites us to come to him.

[Matthew 11:28] Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

2) Meet a man Jesus to take off your sin-jacket and put on Christ instead, and sin no more.
We must meet Jesus Christ in the flesh in our lives to get real rest and salvation. If we meet Jesus, he will take our sin-jacket off and clothe us with Christ. Read:

[Galatians 3:27] For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

When we are clothed with Christ, we will sin no more. And that’s it.
Now, we are through today.We will continue to discuss other Bible issues in this format next time.
Catch you soon!

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