STUDYING SIN SERIOUSLY #1
THE ORIGIN OF SIN
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 ©
THE PRE-EDEN ORIGIN OF SIN
- 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.
THE ORIGIN OF SIN ON EARTH
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) ©
THE ORIGIN OF SIN WITHIN THE INDIVIDUAL
- 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”