Sin and Unrighteousness
The Bible tell us that sin is the transgression of the God’s law (1 John 3:4). It is rebellion against the Lord (Deuteronomy 9:7; Joshua 1:18). God made laws to guide us, to enable us to enjoy life fully, to save us from evil, and to preserve us for good (Exodus 20:1). Sin makes us unrighteous because it causes us to reject goodness and causes us to practice evil which ultimately leads to pain, suffering and eternal death. Sin is like an infectious deadly disease that steals away our health and happiness.
Lucifer was the originator of the rebellion against God’s laws. He rejected obedience to God which led to his downfall (Isaiah 14:12-15). Satan tempted Adam and Eve to break God’s laws and when they did, they lost their state of perfect righteousness. Romans 5:12 says that through Adam sin entered the world and so death was passed on to all men because “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
The law of God is a transcript of His good character (Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:14). Jesus came to reveal to men the character of His Father. He is therefore the law demonstrated (Hebrews 10:9). If we wish to live our lives in harmony with the law of God, we must look to Jesus and copy His life. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The transformation of our character after the divine character is the great purpose of the plan of salvation (Matthew 5:48). So, the law reveals the character of God and of Christ; the plan of salvation provides enabling grace for the attainment of every virtue (1 John 5:4-5). Thus, the only way we can overcome sin’s deadly effects is through the cleansing blood of Jesus that provides not only forgiveness from sin but also all the power and grace necessary to have victory over sin and freedom from its deadly clutches (1 John 1:9).
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