Sin separates us from God

  • Isa. 59 v.1-2: Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
  • Psalms 66 v.18: If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
  • Romans 5 v.12: 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:

Headship of Adam: Adam, the federal head of the human race, was also the seminal head. The word seminal (seed) implies that everyone existed in seed form within Adam, and that he was the head of the human race. We were all in the body of Adam when he sinned, just as Levi was in the body of Abraham when he met Melchizedek (Heb. 7 v.10) In that sense, every member of the human race played a part in the fall of man. When Adam sinned, we were actually sinning with him. Adam was also the federal head of the race. In this sense, Adam’s vote for sin is similar to the vote of a representative in the legislature (Congress or Senate), who by his vote obligates his constituents for certain indebtedness. While Adam’s disobedience resulted in the human race being plunged into sin, the obedience of Christ (the Second Adam) gives Christians the power to overcome sin in their lives.

Imputed Sin: The meaning of impute is “to ascribe to” or “reckon”. The imputation of sin occurred originally when the sin of Adam was charged to the account of every person. The imputation of sin is not arbitrarily charging people with sins for which they are not naturally responsible, but reckoning to them the guilt they deserve. Imputation of sin is charged to all because we all are connected with Adam’s race. God not only imputes the sin of Adam to the race; He also offers to do the same with the righteousness of Christ (Rom 5 v.21). When God imputes the righteousness of Christ to the account of a believer, He makes the person’s record as good (or as perfect) as Jesus Christ’s. Imputed righteousness is the only remedy for imputed sin.

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

Personal Sin: A personal sin may be one of commission (doing something that is prohibited) or a sin of omission (failing to do what is required of us). It may also express itself in either an act or attitude. Sin is portrayed in Scripture as falling short of God’s glory (Romans 3 v.23), or going astray like a wandering sheep (Isa. 53 v.6), transgressing or overstepping the law (Psalms 51 v.1; Luke 15 v.29), and trespassing, which means exercising our own wills in the realm of divine authority (Eph. 2 v.1). Sin brings hideous results, affecting not only our relationship with God, but also our relationship with others. If not checked, sin will destroy the natural process of every person. Christians should not sin; but if they do, they should remember their advocate (Jesus Christ), and confess their sins in order to restore fellowship with God. (1 John 1 v.9 – 2 v.2).

  • 1 John 1 v.9-2 v.2: 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. 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: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

We should not deny our sins, but rather to confess them before God. This opens the door for His forgiving and cleansing light to purify our hearts. Unrighteousness is another way of saying “sin”. This forgiveness is what puts us back into communion with God and removes the separation that sin causes. Born again believers should do this whenever they realize they have sinned or during their daily prayers with God so that the joy of their salvation is not lost.

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