|Sin & the Strait and Narrow Way|
Sin: Acknowledging lies rather than Truth, so you step or slip off the narrow and restricted Way that leads to the genuine and absolute fullness of Life.
whatever is not of supernatural belief and trust is sin. Romans 14:23b
Whoever does miss the mark (sin) also does lawlessness, for sin is lawlessness.1 John 3:4
Owe no one anything, but to love one another: for whoever loves another has fulfilled the law. For this: You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet--and if there is any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this utterance, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in wild parties and drunkenness, not in adultery and lasciviousness, not in zealous contention. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not make provision into the flesh, to fulfill the desire for forbidden things. Romans 13:8-14
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. He who does NOT love, does NOT know God; for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
Sin Is Falling Short Of The Glory Of God, The Glory That God Planned For You.
The Strait (that is, constrained) and Narrow path is simply this: When the Bible says, "Whatever is not of faith is sin, it means that whatever God has not led you into and performed through you is sin. That means that anything that you do by your own will or by your own power is sin. That means that anything that God did not ask you to think, say, or do is sin. That means that anything that God did not think, say, or do within you and through you is sin. That is very narrow.
Proverbs 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin. (note that even the work that the wicked person does is sin. Whatever is not of faith is sin.)
God has a good plan for you, to attain to God's glory. You and I were created to be filled with the glory of God. Our minds only work correctly when the Holy Spirit is flowing through them and we willingly submit. And this flow is what creates a clean heart in us. In this way God's purpose is that we go from light to greater light, from faith to deeper faith, and from glory to ever increasing glory until we all come to total unity with Christ. Christ divided Himself among the members of His Body so that no member would be complete in himself or herself. Then, He ordered the Body (in Scripture) and asked us to follow that pattern. Since we could not, He works through each member to restore the Body of Christ to the pattern that is found in Scripture. This is why he restored apostles to the Church in 1948, and it is also why Satan raised up false apostles right after God set the genuine apostles. This Church is not only the method by which the Manifestation of the Sons of God will take place, but it also will be that Manifestation when God finishes His work. He will then present the Church to Christ as a glorious Bride without spot or wrinkle. All of the details are recorded in Scripture, and God is now performing these things in those who are walking in obedience to this truth.
God's glory is very high. The glory that God has planned for us is beyond our ability to imagine or reach for. God is Love, and the world has rebelled against Love. God's glory is true love. We aren't talking about the counterfeit love, the snake oil that cannot satisfy, which Hollywood and hedonism is selling. God's glory is full of real love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, humility, strength, and faith, and some people are missing out on purpose. They are purposefully missing out, and that is sin.
To miss all of this glory is sin. This is literally what sin is...
... sin is missing the mark. Sin is failure. This is the sin that Jesus came to overcome. Jesus came to set us free from sin, from continually missing the mark. Jesus removes the stain and guilt. Jesus forgives. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit so we can begin to be led by the Spirit. Jesus gives power to walk in the Spirit and do what is right and good--to overcome SIN.
If we disobey the laws of God, this is sin--it is either slipping across a line or stepping across a line. The Spirit of God will never lead you to slip or step across the line. God's Spirit cannot be tempted with sin and cannot sin. (1 Jn. 3:4-11) Missing the mark can happen in any part of the sequence of the righteousness of God that is apart from the works of the law. Real righteousness is by grace through faith.
Sin is failing to walk into the glory that God has planned for us. All disobedience is rebellion. Rebellion separates us from God. When we are separated from God, we cannot be godly--how would it be possible to be godly? When we are separated from God, we miss out on His leading and His power. When we are joined to God, we have His leading and power. His leading always leads us into righteousness. His power is power to do righteousness.
The lack of love is also known as sin. Jesus said that if you love Him, you will keep His commandments. His commandment is to love. Adultery, Fornication, Stealing, Lying, Cheating, Envying, Killing; these are all examples of a lack of love.
This sin is rebellion against God, which results in missing the mark. Sin is failing to attain to the glory of God. It is a desire to NOT commune with God. It is a desire to NOT glorify and respect God and NOT hold Him in holy reverence. It is a desire to add to and take away from God's Word and to follow one's own mind and will, which leads to spiritual death and is the cause of physical misery, sickness, and death.
See also: What Else Can We Know About Sin?
Last updated: Oct, 2013
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