Studying Sin Seriously #1




Sin, is a word we are all familiar with, or, are we?

  • Sin comes from amartia and literally means “to miss the mark” – it is the idea of an archer missing the target
  • Sin, though it is a small word, is a very terrible word
  • Sin is terrible because it separates man from God
  • Isaiah 59:1-2
  • Consider also… 1 John 1:6

Many in the religious world today try to talk as little about sin as they think they can get away with.

  • We are seeing the deteriorating results of this terrible philosophy in our world today
  • People do not know a lot about sin, so out of ignorance or indifference they commit sin

We need to study sin seriously because of its frequent use and its soul damning effect

  • The origin of sin is where we will begin our study
  • We will divide the study of the origin of sin in three parts:
  • The pre-Eden origin of sin
  • The origin of sin on earth
  • The origin of sin within the individual ©



  • Though sin began on earth in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3), it is obvious that this is not the original beginning of sin and evil; for, the very presence of Satan in Eden proves this fact.
  • Thus, in dealing with the original beginning of sin, we must deal with the origin of Satan.
  • We cannot know everything about the origin of Satan, but there is information on the subject that God has revealed to us that we need to study.

Satan apparently was originally a holy angel in heaven, but sinned

  • To say that Satan was created as Satan, as the devil, reflects on the holiness of God
  • It would make God the creator of sin
  • God saw everything that he had made and it was good” (Gen. 1:31)

Satan must have been an angel, since he was neither God (as evidenced by his subordination to God) nor man (as evidenced by his power over man).

  • Upon sinning, Satan was cast out of heaven
  • We need to remember that God dwells in holiness:
  • God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness” (Psa. 47:8)
  • Revelation 21:27
  • Thus, Satan’s expulsion from heaven was inevitable and immediate upon his having sinned.
  • Other angelic creatures, having sinned, were cast down to hell
  • God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell” (2 Pt. 2:4)
  • Jude 6

What is the destiny of Satan and those of like kind?

  • They are lost
  • Matthew 25:41
  • Revelation 19:20
  • And apparently it seems they are beyond redemption
  • For verily not to angels doth he give help, but he giveth help to the seed of Abraham” (Heb. 2:16)
  • The Bible speaks of no scheme of redemption for Satan and his angels.


Sin had its beginning on earth in Genesis 3

  • This is one reason the first book of the Bible is called “Genesis”
  • “Genesis” means beginnings

Notice Satan’s diabolical and deceptive tactics on man in the garden of Eden

  • First, notice his timely approach
    • He approached Eve when she was unsupported by her husband – Adam seems to be there but gave her no aid
    • In like manner, Satan approached Christ at the perfect time as well (Mt. 4:1ff)
    • Satan will do the same with us
  • Secondly, notice his insinuating question
    • Yea, hath God said …?” (Gen. 3:1)
    • Satan was trying to generate doubt in the mind of Eve
    • Satan throws doubt on the Divine Word
    • Satan put a question mark where God put a period
    • The same tactic is being used today
  • Thirdly, Satan implies unfair treatment
    • It seems as if Satan said to Eve, “Surely God has not given you such an unfair restriction.”
    • Today, Satan is having his way with us when he can convince us that in living the Christian life we are burdened, mistreated and deprived.

Notice Satan’s three-way approach

  • Satan uses three avenues through which to tempt man… 1 John 2:15-17
  • Genesis 3:6
  • In the case of Eve there was:
    • The lust of the flesh – she saw that the tree was good for food
    • The lust of the eye – the tree was pleasant to the eyes
    • The pride of life – it was a tree to be desired to make one wise
    • Satan also tempted Jesus in these avenues in the wilderness (Mt. 4)

There were three steps in man’s original fall

  • Man listened to a lie
  • Man believed a lie
  • Man obeyed a lie

Why did man sin?

  • He desired freedom from divine restraint; he desired to be independent of God
  • This nature is seen in the parable of the prodigal son (Lk. 15:11-32) ©


  • Sin does not originate in the individual through hereditary total depravity
    • Sin is not inherited, it comes as a result of a violation of God’s word… 1 John 3:4
    • Ezekiel 18:20
    • Matthew 18:1-4

The origin of sin in the individual is described in James 1:13-15

  • There is first lust, then enticement, followed by temptation, resulting in sin, with spiritual death ultimately following
  • Each individual is the begetter of his own sin and the ancestor of his own demise.

The teaching of James 1:13-15 is graphically illustrated in the case of the sin of Achan

  • Joshua 7:20-21
  • Achan saw, Achan coveted, Achan took and Achan died.
  • The same thing occurred in Eve’s case
    • Eve saw, Eve coveted, Eve took and Eve died
    • The same will happen to us today if we give in to the devil     ©


  • We know how sin originates
  • We also know that by our own free will sin has originated in all of us who are of an accountable age (Rom. 3:23)
  • The Bible, though, teaches us how to relieve ourselves of the terrible consequences of sin

*** Outlined from Windell Winker’s book “Studying Sin Seriously”

Tom Moore

About from the Preachers PC

Gospel Preacher for the Park Heights church of Christ in Hamilton, TX. I stand for and defend the truth of God's word. All other degrees and diplomas mean very little in comparison.
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