By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North  - Shreveport, La.

 
THE ANATOMY OF SIN

   INTRODUCTION:

       A.  Sin is a very serious matter.

       B.  It has plagued man from the beginning until this present time.

       C.  Many people try to say that sin is all right as long as you don't kill anyone.

       D.  Whether you kill someone or speak one deceptive word, God views it
             the same way.

       E.  Today, let's look at the very anatomy or "Make up" of sin and see just
             how serious this matter of one little sin is in the eyes of an Almighty
             Sinless God.

   I.  It Separates One From God.

       A.  Adam and Eve.

       B.  Israel - Isaiah 59:1-2 "Behold, Jehovah's hand is not shortened, that it
             cannot save: neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  But your
             iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins
             have hid His face from you, so that He will not hear."

       C.  Alienated from a life with God - Ephesians 4:18.

            1. Cut off from God.

  II.  It Produces Spiritual Death.

       A.  Adam and Eve --- "Ye shall surely die..."

            1.  They were created SINLESS.

            2.  Death starts from a Spiritual separation from God.

       B.  Israel - Ezekiel 18:20 "The soul that sinneth, it shall die..."

            1.  Will be cut off from God.

       C.  Romans 6:23 -- (Sin earns something)

 III.  It Destroys A Person's Health.

       A.  Example:  Accidents connected with SIN:

            1.  Drunk driving (1000's)

            2.  Ungodly relationships -- (Diseases)

            3.  Drugs

            4.  Even sinful thoughts

  IV.  It Is Engaged In By All Men Everywhere.

       A.  Romans 3:23.

       B.  No man is sinless but the blood of Jesus can keep him clean.
             (I John 1:7)

   V.  It Is A Transgression Of The Law.

       A.  I John 3:4 --- "Every one that doeth sin doeth also lawlessness,; and sin
             is lawlessness."

       B.  God has always had a standard:

            1.  Adam and Eve -- "Don't eat".

            2.  Noah -- "Build an ark".

            3.  Israel -- "Follow me".

            4.  Now -- "Obey my will".

  VI.  Sin Is Deceptive.

       A.  Proverbs 14:12 --- "There is a way that seems right..."

       B.  People fool themselves.

       C.  Example:  Breaking the law of the land.

 VII.  It Has A Binding, Enslaving Power.

       A.  Deeper one goes, harder it is to get out.

   CONCLUSION:

       A.  SIN Has A Remedy.

            1.  God wants us on His side.

            2.  Renounce sin in your lives... (Turn it down).

                 a.  Obey God's commands.

                 b.  Hold fast the profession of our faith.

                 c.  Serve God with everything.