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In modern day society, we seldom see or hear a reference to sin. Even in Christian circles, sin is not often mentioned except from the pulpit or in Bible references. We have lessened our awareness of sin by renaming the act with more pleasant and palatable words. The results have been that there is a general disregard for actions that displease God. As this new year begins, it might be helpful for us to consider some Biblical references to sin and endeavor to understand their spiritual consequences. We will do this by a number of different brackets of references.

In the Bible the word sinneth is found 22 times. Another similar word sinned appears some 119 times. The word sins is found 172 times and finally the word sin appears 448 times. Whether or not these words are of interest to us, they are of great concern to God.

The definitions of sin - Proverbs 24:9, Romans 14:23, James 4:17, 1 John 3:4 & 1 John 5:17.

The scope of sin - (universal) Genesis 6:5, Psalm 53:3, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:23 & 1 John 1:8.

The penalty of sins - (separation from God) Genesis 3:1-8, Isaiah 59:1-2, (death) Genesis 2:17, Romans 5:12 & Romans 6:23a.

The need for repentance - Psalm 51:1-4, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 15: 18-19, Acts 8:22 & 1 John 1:9.

Admonitions concerning sin - Job 11:14, Isaiah 1:16, John 8:1-11, Romans 6:12 & Hebrews 12:1.

The solution to sin - Isaiah 53:5, Romans 5:20-21, Romans 6:23b, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 1 Peter 1: 19 & 2:24 & Revelation 5:9.


Without God's amazing grace through Christ our Lord and Saviour, we would be without help or hope. Let us acknowledge that we are sinners, confess our sins to God our heavenly Father and repent of our sins, turning from them to the paths of righteousness, for His name sake. Let us live to the praise of Jesus Christ, Who gave His life for us and shed His precious blood to wash away our sins (Revelation 1:5).

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