Sin and It’s Attributes
As we are all aware, sin is unbelief. Brother Branham bases this upon the Scripture in John 16:9 that says the Holy Spirit will convict the world, “Of sin, because they believe not on me.” Sin is unbelief in Jesus Christ, and this sin has many attributes that it produces. It produces adultery, fornication, cursing, bitterness, anger, murder, slander, gossip, stealing, drunkenness, addictions, fraud, and lying, etc. It is only through faith that we can be saved, and it is only through unbelief that we are lost. Faith produces good works and unbelief produces evil works.
The Scripture also tells us in 1 John 3:4, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” When we break the law of God, we sin and are to be held accountable for it. According to the Scriptures, “the wages of sin is death.” Based upon the story of Adam and Eve we find that it is just one sin that results in the condemnation of death. It isn’t habitual sinning that produces death, but just one sin separates us from a Holy God. I want you to notice what Paul writes in Romans 5:17-18;
17a For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one;
18a Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation;
We are accounted as sinners the moment we are conceived in the womb.
Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
It is not because of our own sin, because we haven’t done anything sinful yet, but the sin of Adam is imputed to us. When Adam sinned we all received the death sentence. When Adam sinned we were all judged to condemnation. We are all sinful by nature.
Romans 3:9-20 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; 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. 19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
We are all under the dominion of sin by nature. It dominates us, and we find this truth in every nation no matter where it is. Paul goes through many Scriptures in the Old Testament detailing this truth. I want to emphasize a few of them.
- No one seeks after God
- No one does good
By our very nature, we do not seek after God. Instead, we rebel against him. We commit treason against the King of the universe. There is none that does good. There are certainly people in the world who are not believers that do kind things to others, but in the eyes of God, every good work an unregenerate person does is as filthy rags before him. The very best works of mankind are tainted with evil in the sight of God. The whole world is guilty before God because of the sin of Adam and secondly because of their sin which comes from their wicked nature.
By our sins, we have committed high treason against a Holy and Perfect God who is the King of the Universe. We are worthy of death as a result. There is literally nothing we can do to earn the favor of God. We do not deserve mercy, a fair shake or an easy life.
You often hear people who have experienced loss or suffering in their life say, “I didn’t deserve this or God owns me an explanation for this.” Thank God we do not get what we deserve. We deserve misery, punishment, and death because of our sin. We don’t earn or deserve mercy. Mercy is something that is freely given to someone that doesn’t deserve it. This is why the Scripture says of the Lord, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy.” It is God’s choice and decision to have mercy. Mercy is not earned or deserved. We deserve instant death when we sin, and yet God in his mercy gives us space to repent.
In conclusion, the root of sin is unbelief in God and the fruit of sin is the transgression of the law. We are all by nature sinners and worthy of God. We inherit that sinful nature from Adam and on down through the human race. We are guilty and judged worthy of God. But it is through the grace of God and the blood of Jesus Christ that we can be saved. All we have to do is put our trust in God and be born again then the fruit of righteousness will follow.