Sin is not only a deviation or inclination towards evil, proper to human nature, it is a spiritual argument provoked by Satan to have the right of operation and intervention in Adam’s generation.

Sin is a spiritual argument provoked by Satan to have right of operation and intervention in Adam’s generation.

God did not design, nor did He create sin to cohabit with man. For two reasons we affirm this and corroborate it with the Scriptures themselves,

First, the expression, and God saw that it was good, of each of the first five days of the Creation of His work, together with the, and God saw that it was good exceedingly, of the sixth day, shows that in His design, God so harmoniously ordered all things, that something deviant like sin and wickedness would have no place in them.

Second, the Scriptures bear clear testimony that He sustains all things. If He sustains them, His Holiness does not allow anything erring such as sin and wickedness to originate. This is an inalienable foundation of the Kingdom of Heaven.

17 and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Colossians 1:17

10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Hebrews 2:10

24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Acts 17:24

Sin is not God’s creation, but satanic. It was designed to establish and maintain man in captivity.

The epistle to the Romans affirms that sin entered the world through one man.

12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Romans 5:12

Sin is not in the world, that is, it is not outside, it is coexisting within human nature.

The Holy Scriptures testify that Creation has been subject to vanity,

20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Romans 8:20

This means that sin is not part of matter but an endemic evil of human nature. This leads us to understand that sin is a condition, not a state.

Speaking about the foundation of the state of sin as a condition of human nature, the apostle Paul wrote what seems to be his testimony in his struggle against his sinful condition,

19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Romans 7:19-23

Sin is spiritual in nature. One of the greatest failures, in matters of religion, that has been recorded in the history of the church, is to believe that sin is in the flesh.

It was this medieval interpretation that led many monastic groups and hermits to punish the flesh, to isolate themselves from others, and to develop penances and pilgrimages, so that by such punishments sinful inclinations could be controlled.

Although the apostle Paul uses the term, flesh, to refer to man’s sinful tendency, he uses it to identify the Adamic inheritance that constituted us all sinners,

What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;…    23 for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:9-23

Sin is of a spiritual nature. For two reasons we affirm it, and we corroborate it by the Scriptures,

First, because Jesus was made flesh,

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

Romans 1:3

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Hebrews 2:14

…But there was no sin in Him,

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 5:21

22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

1 Peter 2:22

And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

1 John 3:5

Second, since death is on account of sin,

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23

…And since Jesus did not die because of the crucifixion, but because He gave up the spirit,

18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

John 10:18

50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

Matthew 27:50

It means that sin is not in the flesh, but is a condition of a spiritual nature.

Sin is the malformation of the Word of the Creator. It is a spiritual process by which Satan transgresses the Word into his power, in usurpation, and establishes it in wickedness.

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Romans 7:7

This is the argument that supports apostasy as a way to stop God’s work on earth.

The clearest example is the case of the serpent who deceived Eve and induced her to eat of the fruit of which God forbade them to eat. The review of the dialogue and the words of the serpent to Eve, shows the process of usurpation and contamination of wickedness with which they seduce Eve to enter into the condition of sin.

–Ye shall not surely die, is the term that shows the usurpation of the Word,

–But God knows, it is the term that Satan carries with a high content of wickedness, and by Eve’s acceptance of it, soon causes both Adam and Eve to incur sin.

For that reason the Word cannot be used to argue or argue about it. To do so establishes idolatry and false worship,

who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

2 Thessalonians 2:4

Apostasy, false prophets, false doctrines, the proliferation of pagan religious rituals stigmatized as Christian processes, are formations of sin that Satan builds around communities of faith to distort their spiritual function.

in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2 Corinthians 4:4

Sin is not reduced to an “action”. A person is not a sinner because of his actions, he is a sinner even if there is no action involved. The actions simply reveal the type of deviation or inclination towards sin.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew 7:20

The type of action where sin is manifested serves us to evaluate the areas of the “flesh” that must be worked on to remove Satan’s yoke on the person.

22 that ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Ephesians 4:22

Right after this instruction, note how the apostle cites a series of examples of “actions” to be eliminated.

25 Wherefore (1)putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 (2)Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 (3)neither give place to the devil28 Let him that stole (4)steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 (5)Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 (6)And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 (7)Let all bitterness, (8)and wrath, (9)and anger, and (10)clamour, and (11)evil speaking, be put away from you, with all (12)malice:

Ephesians 4:25-31

This text is useful for us to identify twelve examples of human actions under which Satan has kept the inhabitants of this region subjugated.

Sin is subjection to Satan.  It is not about “mistakes”, conscious or unconscious, committed under the pressure of some particular situation, it is about an authority and subjection that Satan maintains over the person, the families, the communities, the regions, which have been transformed into the personality of each person.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the lawAnd ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known himLittle children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

1 John 3:4-9

Sinful tendencies are evidence of the presence and establishment of Satan, and the movement of the kingdom of darkness.

The Scriptures point out that sin no longer has jurisdiction over one who has been born again of water and the Spirit, that the body of sin has been crucified with Jesus.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?…      knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sinFor he that is dead is freed from sin.

Romans 6:1-7

So, although it may seem strange to hear it, the struggle against sin is a real spiritual struggle, fought in the flesh, not in the mind as some claim, to free oneself from the yoke that Satan kept for years over the person, over the family, and even over the region.

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Is it really worth knowing about God and serving Jesus?

When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 10And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 11And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. Luke 5:8-11

The other days reading in Luke’s treatise addressed to his old friend Theophilus, in the account of when Simon Peter, John and James, and possibly other fishermen not mentioned in the account, witnessed Jesus’ power to cause an impressive miracle, to raise fish where there were none, and as a result, each one’s decision to leave everything to follow Jesus, I couldn’t help but ask, What really led Peter, John and James to make such a decision to follow Jesus?

Although only Peter’s mother-in-law is mentioned in one of the accounts (4:38), all of them had a family to support, the proof of this was their trade; for ancient times the trade that each one exercised was caused by the need to support a family, not by the fact of developing a profession. So, having a family that depended on them for their daily sustenance, how is it possible that they were willing to leave everything to follow Jesus?

Although there was faith conviction resulting from the teachings of Jesus at the seashore that day, and by the miracle of supernatural fishing, how could it weigh more than the commitment of family men to bring sustenance to their respective families? What about the commitment they made to their wives’ parents when they married them? In the Jewish tradition, the father of the bride maintains responsibility for his married daughters.[1]

That day the fishermen left their trade, their families, their responsibility to the community, literally, they left everything. Why? What did the fishermen find in Jesus who were willing to make such a decision?

If they, the fishermen, were willing to give up everything, it means that it is worth knowing God and following Jesus; but what is the benefit?

The story in question describes that that morning, before the miracle took place, people crowded around him to hear the word of God. Is it worth knowing about God and following Jesus?

It is worth it if we want to know what God thinks of us, if we are interested in knowing how He sees our decisions, and how He weighs our actions; people had gathered at the seashore this time not as other times, to buy fish, but to hear God’s voice. Life is not only about who we are and/or what we can become, it is about knowing what God’s purpose is for each one of us; it is about knowing the life plans He has designed.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

The miracle was not only for three fishermen, or the fishermen who had been with them, the miracle was for all the crowds that morning by the sea. Is it worth knowing God and following Jesus?

It is worth it if we accept to live under the knowledge that God cares for those who are willing to trust Him. That morning something different happened to previous mornings, people who came to the place looking to buy fish received the fish for free, they did not pay for them. Luke’s testimony in his narrative describes how so many fish were enclosed in the net that his net was broken, so much so that it was necessary to ask for the help of another boat to come and help them; and even so, they filled both boats so that they flooded.

Supernatural fishing was not the only miracle of supernatural provision that they experienced; later in their walk with Jesus the fishermen lived other experiences of multiplication, one of five loaves among five thousand men,[2] another of seven loaves among four thousand,[3]  and Peter, of provision to pay the Temple tax.[4]

In compiling the doctrine of Jesus, Luke recorded in his writing to Theophilus what would later become the foundation of faith in Jesus and the Kingdom of God on earth,

And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? 29And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. (12:22-31)

It is worthwhile to know God and to follow Jesus if we are willing to depend on His provision: seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

Luke concludes the account of supernatural fishing by describing the fundamental part of the reason for the miracle: When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 9For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: (5:8-9)

No miracles were provoked to show the capacity of Jesus over nature, which is really ostentation; miracles were performed to provoke a reaction in people toward God, to turn toward Him,

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31

And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day. Luke 5:26

Simon Peter knelt down to Jesus, which means that he recognized Jesus’ Lordship over him, and denounced and confessed himself a sinner, which means the first step of repentance to receive the salvation of the Kingdom of God.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1st. John 1:9

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:8-9

Is it worth knowing about God and following Jesus? Yes, it is worth knowing God and following Jesus if we are willing to denounce and confess our sin and turn away from it. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord.[5]

Yes, it is worth knowing about God and following Jesus if we are willing to submit to His Lordship, if we are willing to obey His Voice and walk by His Word.

Yes, it is worth knowing about God and following Jesus if we are willing to give up everything for His sake.

What led Peter, John and James to make the decision to abandon everything by following Jesus was that that morning they had an encounter with God. Everything they abandoned is not to compare with what they found: they found Eternal Life.

Do you want to know about God?

What do you think, is it worth serving Jesus? Of course, what is worth serving Jesus is not based on the benefits we receive in return; it is about understanding the awesomeness of the spiritual experience of communion with the Lord, it is about understanding the Grace of having been deemed worthy to share in His Glory.


All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Version.


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[1] Genesis 34.12; Exodus 22.16-17; 1 Samuel 18.25

[2] Mathew 16:9

[3] Idem 16:10

[4] Idem 17:27

[5] Romans 6:23