Observations on the nature of sin

I’m realizing more and more the deceptive nature and face of sin: People are largely so misled concerning sin. The general impression held is to shy away from, to reject, the spiritual or religious, as if such things equate to bondage, to loss of individuality and conversely, to readily accept such things as would be considered ‘sinful’, as if they equate to and lend to individual freedom, of expressing one’s individualism and independence. But this is where the deceit lies. Sin, by its very nature, though it doesn’t initially appear so, is to bondage, to a state of sickening, suffocating conformity, whereas righteousness, right living, tends to freedom and satisfaction.

Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin.–John 8:34


Sin exists first and foremost in spirit and from there works out into the physical. Scripture teaches that “where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (freedom)”. A righteous, god reverencing, conscientious people, don’t need to be constrained through much rule, law, or legislation. In a society, when sin and evil permeate outwards, into the physical, this is when much legislation, constraint and suffocating social bondage manifests and becomes the norm. Political correctness is a prime example of this.

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners… –1 Timothy 1:9


Sin, as it is yielded to, takes on a compounded, increased nature. Its effect is exponential. What was shocking yesterday becomes common place today. It reminds me of the contemporary change from past mindsets. A decade or so ago, it would have been anathema to consider and speak of torture, today torture, for one, is a matter of semantics, opinion, so called legal wrangling.

Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. –Matthew 11:21


Sin destroys itself but its very nature. It’s not the Lord that necessarily punishes directly, it’s more often that the sins of the wicked shall take, trap, snare, and destroy him. God doesn’t have to destroy sinners; they do it themselves, they suffer the consequences of breaking the divine laws of the universe. Consider the following verses:

 O Israel, thou hast destroyed yourself; but in Me is your help.– Hosea 13:9

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins.—Proverbs 5:22


Do you ever come in contact with people who you just can’t talk to? Not because of a language barrier or a lack of communications skills on yours or their part, but because such a person is simply unapproachable, having consciously made a willed effort to separate themselves from others. Any one of the following list could fit this type of character and attitude: perverse, hardened, headstrong, implacable, obstinate, stiff-necked, self-willed; all of which scripture deals specifically with and warns us not to fall into or be like. It’s as if such a person has adopted a certain spirit or attitude and that spirit or attitude has become them and they have become it: as if they have chosen to be ‘inhuman’. This condition is spelled out in this exchanged recorded in the Book of Samuel:

Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.–1 Samuel 25:17

From In 52 Bible studies series
© Copyright 2013  John Hislop


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