Sin is an ugly word. It keeps company with other words like "wrongdoing", "error", and "evil". In the religious world, unless there is an understanding and acknowledgment that sin exists there's not much more to talk about.
So Moses returned to the Lord and said, Alas, this people has sinned a great sin. They have made for themselves gods of gold. But now, if you will forgive their sin—but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written. But the Lord said to Moses, Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book.
So Moses came back to God confessing that the people had sinned gravely by making golden idols. He asked if God would forgive them, and that if He couldn’t, to also remove him from His book [of life]. But God said no, any individual that sins against Him is blotted out of His book.
Moses is on the mountain receiving the law (Ten Commandments) from God while the people have become impatient and built a golden calf to worship in Moses’ absence. God promises that there will be a consequence for their sin (vs 34) in the form of a plague (vs 35).
Sin is any deed or action that is contrary to God’s law2,3,5,6 – His word5. It is characterized as “wrongdoing”4, “lawlessness”7, anything “contrary to sound doctrine”5, “works of the flesh”3, “from the world”2, unrighteousness6, or anytime one doesn’t do what they know to be right9. Sin begins with being tempted by a human desire1 (e.g. lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes, pride2) which can then lead to spiritual death1, or not inheriting the kingdom of God3,6, but it doesn’t have to4. This distinction between sin and the practice of it – or continuing in it – is noteworthy1,3,4,7,8.
The result of sin is traced all the way back to creation1. The first sin1 introduced death8 as well as specific curses to be borne by man and woman1. While the guilt of each person’s sin is borne by that person1,7,8, one’s unrepentant sin4,11 results in spiritual death1,9,12 or separation from God2,3,10. Without remedy, the result of sin leads to the individual not inheriting the kingdom of God5,6,12 and being blotted out of God’s book of life7.
The only remedy for sin is a sinless2,5 Jesus Christ1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. His coming in the flesh3,5,9, His death7,8 and sacrifice of His own blood2, together with His triumphant victory over death4,7 is the remedy for sin. He “condemned” sin3, bore it for all8, and was “vitorious” over it4, taking them away5.
Being in the flesh3, we are enslaved to sin7 and death4. The only remedy for sin for us — receiving forgiveness6 and advocacy1 — is to die with Him (in baptism)7, raised to walk in the Spirit3 and wait eagerly for His saving return8,9.
Baptism is for, not because of, the forgiveness of sins1, and is consistent with the purpose of John’s baptism3 that prepared the way. Jesus’ blood is the cleansing agent2,5,7,8,9 of sin and it’s only through “death” (e.g. baptism) that an individual contacts His blood6,7. It’s just as Paul asked rhetorically, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?”6 and why Peter directly linked baptism to what saves us4.
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