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.
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
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
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 do. 20 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 me. 22 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,
9 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
3 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
5 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.
7 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,
4 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.
4 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 devil. 28 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.
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 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. 9 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.
6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?… 6 knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For 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.
pastor Pedro Montoya