The True Nature of Sin

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.”

Romans 7:7

In Romans 7:7, Paul returns to address the issue of sin and its relationship with the Law, in this case, the apostle refers to the tenth commandment in Exodus 20:17: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s. And again we see very clear that the knowledge of sin comes through knowing what expresses the Law, since the violation of the commandment is what constitutes sin.

Consider what he told the British preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981). “The problem with people who are not looking for the Savior and salvation, they do not understand the nature of sin.” When we compare what God’s law says we will realize that everything it forbids is a sin. Consequently, the nature of sin is anything that violates God’s law. No one can assume that he is innocent, that means we all need a Savior.

Before anyone can be touched by grace, he or she must be fully aware of his or her sinfulness. Only the law can shed light on our sinful nature. Therefore, the most effective evangelism is the one that begins with the preaching of the Law. That was what raises the American evangelist Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899) when he says. “It’s a big mistake to give a man who has no conviction of sin, certain passages that were never designed for him. What he needs is the Law.”

Modern preaching is to draw people to Christ with wrong motives. Say you’ll be happier if you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is a big lie. Tell you that all your problems will be solved when you become a Christian is also a fallacy. Say you will be prospered because you will be son of the King of kings is not something that can be guaranteed. Jesus never made such promises and we are not one to add to His Word things He never said.

Anyone who does not need Jesus Christ will be? Of course, the answer is not. All, without exception, we need Him urgently. But our need for Him is not to help us find a job or to get us a couple, or to cure us of disease, or to be happy. All we need Jesus, the Savior, because we are sinners unable to save ourselves. Our sins have condemned us to hell hopelessly. Only by accepting that He pays for them, we will be released from the punishment we deserve.

As the English preacher William Jay (1769-1853) said: “The way to achieve comfort and consolation, it is not denying, hiding or crippling our sins, but confessing all its infamy and treating the matter with God, placing right where the Word puts us.” I invite you to do today exactly what William Jay says. Confess your sins to God and get right with Him, His love and forgiveness will ease you. God bless you.


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