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October, 2019 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“Lawlessness!”

1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”

Since most of us were children, we have been taught that a variety of behavior, which we have engaged in, is sinful. Yet, there is a great deal of misunderstanding concerning what sin really is and why we need to be concerned about it.

As described by the Apostle John, “sin is lawlessness!”

Most of us Americans, who paid attention in civics class, know that this nation is a Republic. Unlike a Democracy, where the mob rules; or a Monarchy or Oligarchy, where a few rule all; a Republic is chosen representatives of the people enacting and enforcing the rule of law, these laws govern the behavior of the citizenship, and these laws protect their freedoms. This seems to make perfect sense in this arena; however, when it comes to the understanding of sin, this clarity is lost.

It is lost because from individual to individual the world’s concept of sin is as diverse as the sands of the sea (kind of like the mob rule!). The concept of law from man to man is subjective and unless there is a higher source to guide; man, if left to his own devices would destroy himself.  Man cannot develop an accurate moral compass that is best for all, without help!

It is Not Within Man to Guide Himself!

Solomon is all his wisdom still knew this, note:

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”

Likewise, the Lord taught His own people, while in the flesh, similarly, note:

Luke 18:9-14 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

For those who ask, “Well what about old Bob, he’s a good man, surly he hasn’t sinned?”  

This is also the argument made by many who deny that there is a God; so that they can establish their own morality. You see, the measure that we attempt to justify Bob or anyone else who wished to be self-governed is a standard of justice that is as diverse as the people who claim they can guide themselves. We think old Bob is a good man for what many think is a given standard of morality based on human wisdom; he doesn’t steal, murder, etc… However, old Bob may not have any problem telling someone that it is ok to abort an unborn child.  

Two people can live next door to each other all their lives and agree not to violate each other’s privacy, property, or hurt each other. They think that each is the perfect neighbor and good men or women; yet, unknown to each other, they are sending money to various agencies that propagate war or death, maybe even responsible for the death of someone each may know and care for.

This is due to the fact that there is not a universal standard being used to truly establish the kind of law man really needs to guide him; yet, these same people will almost unanimously state that a ruling of law must exist for the nation they live in to protect and keep order. This brings us to the next point!

  1. All Sin is Against God!

We know that man does not have it within himself to guide his own steps, regardless of the noblest attempts because of the diversity involved in determining a standard of right.

Since this is the case, there has to be something greater than ourselves by which we can know morality and establish for all men a true north on a moral compass. Since it is within each and every man to recognize the hand of a Creator in everything around us, shouldn’t He set the standard?

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse

God as the Creator has determined and expressed a course of life that universally can guide man and establish a true moral compass. In fact, through the wise writer of Ecclesiastes, God would reveal that in the purpose of man, the compass has been given, note:

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.”

This answers the question, beyond a shadow of a doubt, about Old Bob! He may be a good man by mortal standards, but can absolutely be guilty of sin; since sin is lawlessness against God (the true definition). It starts with ignorance!!!

Since God is the Creator and has determined that our purpose is to fear and obey Him, regardless of how good he thinks himself to be, if he fails to achieve the established purpose, he has sinned against God. This is how Paul could say,

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. A Way Out!

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

God states that His word has been given to man that we might know His righteousness and have a universal moral compass. This word tells us of the love of God toward us, even while were still sinners, in that He provided a way of escape!

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

We can know the love of God and His expectations for us through the Gospel of Christ and all that it gives us, that we might be complete before Him and in harmony with each other. We can see this in the words of Paul, note:

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

Likewise, we see in the Great Commission, given to the chosen of the Lord and sent to the world to make this message known, the power of salvation from our sins, note:

Mark 16:15-16 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

Sin is lawlessness, all sin is against God! Do not trust your own devices!

YOU CAN BE LAWFUL!!!

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