Written on September 27th, 2004 - 7:43PM Last Updated: February 19th, 2005 - 3:25AM
When looked at in its simplest form, sin is nothing more than an action which defies the way things are.
All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death. (1 John 5:17)
The word "unrighteousness" is the opposite of "righteousness," which has a base meaning of what is true or right.
To sin is to do the opposite of what is right and true.
that they all might be judged who didn't believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:12)
Those who don't trust the truth, but take pleasure in what is unreal, are the ones who are "judged" (κριθωσιν); in Greek it carries with it the idea of distinguishing, or discerning. The ones who reject the truth are the ones that God discerns intently and thus finds them lacking. Whereas those who trust in the truth are granted grace and are not judged according to their works (John 5:24)(Romans 8:1).
What is true is the way that things really are—anything else is a lie, something false with no basis in reality.
8Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming; 9even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn't receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie; (2 Thessalonians 2:8-11)
When one views sin in this way, as the apostle John has received from God for us, we can understand why it is so undesirable and despised by Yahweh. It defies truth, reality, how things really are—in the process it makes us the fool.
A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion. (Proverbs 18:2)
Here is the heart of sin—it is choosing what we think is right over what has been revealed by Yahweh as right. It is accepting the opinion of the created over the truth of the Creator.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who is wise listens to counsel. (Proverbs 12:15)
Whenever we sin, we are acting out our inward decision to follow a lie—something we know to be wrong—instead of doing what is true and correct. Those who do this—sinners—are called fools, and rightly so.
One who trusts in himself is a fool; but one who walks in wisdom is kept safe. (Proverbs 28:26)
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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