The definition we all know about “sin” is precisely that sin is the transgression of the law.
Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Romans 4:15
It was the messianic definition, not just a doctrinal definition emerged within the newly formed Christian communities,
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 1st. John 3:4
This is the basic definition of sin, equivalent of course, to the basic level of temptation to which all those whose convictions of faith are not sufficiently affirmed in the Word are exposed.
This basic level is the platform for the launching of life in Christ, the temptation that the believer receives consists in awakening in him all the inclinations of evil to which he was accustomed before recognizing the lordship of Christ. The spiritual struggle consists in imposing over the works of the flesh that governed his life in the past.
It is a true spiritual struggle, but demands physical effort, conscious, and the determination to want to live under the lordship of Christ.
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; Ephesians 4:22
Victory does not come alone, it is necessary to cling to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross,
And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of Righteousness. Romans 8:10
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14
The magnitude of the power of the temptation is based on the position that the person develops in front of the Word, in front of his conviction of faith, and in front of the Revelation of the purposes of God.
But, not everything is written. The Bible states that there are divine instructions that come directly through the Spirit of God,
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:14
This means that not all sin is because of trespassing on the Word of God.
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:23
This is the second level of temptation. There is no temptation stronger than that which threatens to make us lose our faith.
It is the temptation that attacks the conviction of the person about what he believes, and what was said to him by the Word.
It is a true spiritual struggle that demands conviction and firmness in his beliefs,
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 1st. John 2:28
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 2nd. John 9
Taken from the book “Spiritual Warfare against the Powers of Sin”
All biblical references are taken from the King James Version (KJV)
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