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I.   What is the definition of sin?


     A. Any act which breaks the law of God.


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


     B. Failure to do what we know God’s law requires of us.


James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.


     C. Any desire to do wrong or any evil thing hidden in the heart.


1 John 3:15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.


     D. All evil done openly or secretly.


Luke 12:2 For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.


             E. The depraved or sinful nature with which we were born. That which predisposes a person to break the law of God.


Romans 7:19 –21 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.


Luke 6:43 –45 For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.



II.  Where did sin originate? How did it come to the world?


             A. In the Garden of Eden. This was God’s intended home for Adam and Eve. God made Adam a holy person, but this holiness was a holiness of innocence. While this was good, God wanted Adam, and all people that would come after Adam, to have a moral holiness. That is, they would be able to use their choice, their free will, to choose between good and evil. Of course, God wanted Adam to choose good, that is to obey His law, but for his choice to be a moral choice, there had to be both good and evil for Adam to choose.


Genesis 2:7 –9 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden , and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.


             B. It came by the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the garden. They could have chosen to obey God, but they did not. This was the first sin ever committed.


Genesis 3:1 –6 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 


        C.     The sin Adam and Eve committed ruined their relationship with God and affected the relationship of their offspring with God. Adam was created in the image of God; but notice that his son was in his own image. Bible teachers call this the depraved or sinful nature.


Genesis 3:6 –8 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.


Genesis 5:1 –3 This is the book of the genealogy of Adam. In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created. And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.