How does sin make us unrighteous?


By BibleAsk Team

Sin affects our righteousness in many ways, weaving its insidious tendrils through the fabric of our moral and spiritual being. To comprehend the depth of this impact, we must embark on a journey through the scriptures, unraveling the works of sin’s consequences as portrayed in the Bible.

Sin Leads to Unrighteousness

Sin, at its core, is a deviation from the divine standard of righteousness (the Ten Commandments) established by God (Exodus 20:1-17). The Bible tell us that sin is the transgression of the God’s moral 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. Iniquity 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. Iniquity is like an infectious deadly disease that steals away our health and happiness.

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 unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV).

Romans 3:23 (NKJV) declares: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This verse lays bare the universal reality of iniquity’s grip on humanity, regardless of age, ethnicity, or status. Iniquity erects a barrier between us and God’s righteousness, alienating us from His perfect nature.

The consequences of trangression ripple outward, tarnishing our moral character and distorting our relationship with God. Romans 6:23 (NKJV) paints a sobering picture: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Transgression leads to spiritual death, separating us from the source of life—God Himself. This death is not merely physical but encompasses spiritual alienation and eternal separation from God’s presence.

Moreover, transgression corrupts the purity of our hearts and minds. Jeremiah 17:9, NKJV illustrates this reality: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Trangression infiltrates the innermost recesses of our being, tainting our thoughts, desires, and intentions. It blinds us to the truth and skews our moral compass, leading us astray from the path of righteousness.

The Apostle Paul delves into the inherent struggle against evil that plagues every believer in Romans 7:18-19 (NKJV): “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” Here, Paul grapples with the paradox of desiring righteousness yet succumbing to the allure of evil, which exerts a powerful grip on our fallen nature, hindering our ability to consistently walk in righteousness.

Furthermore, transgression disrupts our fellowship with God, rupturing the intimacy and communion we were designed to enjoy with Him. Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV) poignantly declares: “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” Rebellion erects a barrier between us and God, obscuring His presence and deafening our prayers.

Transgression also incurs God’s righteous judgment and wrath. Romans 1:18 (NKJV) solemnly proclaims: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” God, in His holiness and justice, cannot tolerate evil. It offends His perfect nature and demands retribution. Thus, transgression places us under the looming shadow of God’s judgment, subjecting us to the consequences of our transgressions.

The Christian Hope

Amidst the bleakness of sin’s grip, there is hope found in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8 (NKJV) offers a glimmer of light in the darkness: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Through Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, our iniquities are atoned for, and we are reconciled to God. He becomes our righteousness, bridging the chasm that sin had carved between us and God.

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 but also all the power and grace necessary to have victory over sin and freedom from its deadly clutches (1 John 1:9).

In conclusion, sin permeates every facet of our existence, staining our lives and estranging us from God. Its consequences are dire, leading to spiritual death, moral corruption, and divine judgment. Yet, in Christ, we find redemption and restoration, as His righteousness covers our sin and reconciles us to God. Let us, therefore, cling to the hope found in Christ, who transforms our unrighteousness into righteousness through His boundless grace and love.

Check out our Bible Answers page for more information on a variety of topics.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

Categories Law

We'd love your feedback, so leave a comment!

If you feel an answer is not 100% Bible based, then leave a comment, and we'll be sure to review it.
Our aim is to share the Word and be true to it.