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Aug 01 2012

God’s View of Sin

Some people confuse different sins as more acceptable than other sins. In fact, the Catholic church makes that distinction with “mortal sin” (really bad) as opposed to “venial sin” (not so bad). While Protestants don’t make that distinction in their theology, many hold to that view even if subconsciously. It would be helpful to understand how God views sin.

Sin of all types is enough to condemn. In fact, Scripture tells us that all mankind have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Romans chapter 3 explains that the entire world stands guilty before God and utterly unable, by any means, to attain acceptance with God. The only way that we can gain justification before God is by His “grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (Romans 3:24).”

Jesus’ work on the cross accomplished payment of our sins (1 Peter 3:18). His sacrifice included all our sins, not just the “lesser” of our sins. All of our sins that we see as past, present and future were future sins at the time Jesus bore the penalty on our behalf as we had not yet been born. The book of Hebrews uses the phrase “once for all” to explain that Jesus sacrificed Himself for our sin “once for all.”

Romans 5:18 tells us that the one trespass (Adam) led to the condemnation for all men, so the one act of righteousness (Jesus) leads to justification and life for all men. This means that the one sacrifice of Jesus is sufficient to deal with all of our sins.

While we would like to think of ourselves as a “good person,” the measuring rod that we use to make that determination is a human measuring rod. God’s “measuring rod” is vastly different from ours. His “measuring rod” requires perfection. In fact, He God’s Word states:

For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6)

We are incapable of being“good person” in God’s eyes for sin has corrupted us. It is only through Jesus that God can see us in the righteousness of Christ (Romans 3:22, Romans 4:22).

God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21)

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

God sees Christians through the righteousness of Christ. We cannot be a good person in the eyes of God but we are good only through the righteousness of Christ because God sees us through the righteousness of Christ. This is a judicial transfer of God’s righteousness to the Christian for no other grounds of righteousness are acceptable to God. Christians will stand before God in the perfection of Jesus. The Christian is a member of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13) and are identified with Him by the baptism of the Holy Spirit so God sees the Christian as clothed in the righteousness of Jesus.

It should not be understood a that “grave” sin is not included in His sacrifice for God’s Word does not make that distinction. All sin is grave in the eyes of God for any and all sin condemns.

A Christian is a person who:

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame." (Romans 10:9-11)

If we have placed our faith in Jesus, He will keep us safe (John 6:37) and nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39).

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

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This post is adapted from an answer written for GotQuestions.org

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