Who Is A Sinner?
Who is sinner? Imagining that one of the questions that probably are on someone’s mind is “Does it mean that if one is in Christ he or she is licensed to live a carefree life?” In other words, anyone that is saved in Christ can continue living in sin. Well, on the right note, this is not what it means to live a grace life. To answer this question we have to unravel the term living in sin. What does it mean to live in sin? Or better still who is a sinner?
A sinner is someone who transgresses or disobeys a standard put in place to govern activities within the enclave he or she lives. That is to say that a sinner is someone who disobeys a set up rules or laws. In most cases, such inordinate behaviors attract a certain punishment. So what is sin? For us to answer this question correctly we need to apply the law of first mention. It implies that we have to trace the word sin where it was first mentioned. This will help us to get to its root meaning and ascertain categorically what it is.
In the book of Genesis, God spoke to Cain thus
“If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”
The Meaning Of The Word Sin:
This is the first place the word sin was mentioned and it was God that used it. The word translated sin in the Hebrew language is the word Chatta’ah (khat-taw-aw’). It actually connotes an offence or a habitual sinfulness. It has something to do with an offence that requires a sacrifice. Also from the above verse one can deduce that it’s something one can avoid or rule over. The root of this sin is anger. Considering the fact that God advised Cain not to be angry because of what has happened. That he should move on with his life, and next time he can do better. But where he refuses to accept His advice offence was at the door to take him. This implies that sin in this context is an offence against human values.
However, Apostle Paul speaking in his epistle to the Romans said thus;
“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”
What Is Sin In Greek?
The word sin here is the word hamartia in the Greek. It also mean an offence or to miss the mark. That is going against a set standard. The statement sin entered means in the Greek eiserchomai, an indication of something that wasn’t there in the first place. It shows that through one man something that wasn’t there entered into the world. So it is right to say that sin wasn’t in the world until the man Adam brought it through disobedience to the standard set for him. And by this, sin reigned over men who have subjected themselves to it like Cain.
Apostle Paul again speaking in the book of Romans asked a rhetoric question “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? The singular nature of the word sin implies that it is not talking about activities but a nature. Therefore, sins emanates from a nature called sin. Therefore, in order to stop sins this nature called sin should be dealt with. In the quotation above Apostle Paul made mention of the word Grace. It’s suggesting that its presence is the remedy for the nature called sin. A life under grace means a life that is free from sin and vice versa.
Souls That Sin Shall Die:
However, the bible says that the soul that sins shall die see (Ezekiel 18:4). Also it says that the wages of sin is death see (Romans 6:23). The implication of this is that the only thing that appeases the effect of sin is death. Once someone sins the remedy is death and nothing more. Note that the standard in question is God’s standard. This shows that anyone that lives in sin is living outside the standard of God. The result is that such a person has no place in God.
Therefore, death in this context is a separation from God. It does not refer to demising or extinction from this earthly realm. This separation however, is talking about that spiritual connection between a man and God. For someone to be called a sinner, it means that he or she is spiritually dead. It means that a sinner dies the moment he or she starts living outside God’s standard. No sinner has the ability to live according to God’s standard because every sinner has a reprobated mind and therefore, cannot live according to God’s standard.
The Palliative Measure:
In the old order a palliative was created through a system that makes the effect of sin to be ameliorated. This system is called animals sacrifice. So anyone that sins is required to bring an animal as stipulated for the kind of sin he or she has committed. The slaughtering of animal accordingly will cover the particular sins of the individual in the act. Also, there is yearly sacrifice that is being performed on behalf of the entire nation of Israel.
This however does not take the nature of sin away but covers the effect of sin. This shows that as many as they are that lived under the old order never had life. This is because their sins were never taken away. The taking away of sin becomes the focal thing and there’s no one capable of doing. This is because the blood required to take away sin is not the blood of animal but the blood of a sinless man. Since
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The gift of God which is eternal life (the life of God) will only be given in a man called Christ.
To be continued
About The Author:
Chukwuemeka C. Asiegbu is the Pastor of Saved In The Lord Evangelical Ministry. He has authored many books such as “The Earth Is From Nothing”, “Man”, “The Power Of Light” etc. He has also written many Christian related articles. You can always contact him here