Jesus said in John 8:34 “whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin”. Sin had its beginning with Lucifer, probably the most beautiful and one of the most powerful of the angels in heaven. Not content with his position, he desired to be higher than God, and that was his downfall, the beginning of sin (Isaiah 14:12-15).
Pride was the first sin ever committed in the universe and Lucifer, now Renamed Satan, committed it. As his revenge for being cast out of heaven for his sin he brought sin to the human race in the Garden of Eden, where he tempted Adam and Eve with the same enticement, “you shall be like God.”
Through Adam and Eve, and their act of rebellion, sin entered into their nature. They immediately lost glory and were cursed with a sense of shame and unfitness, and they hid from God’s presence (Genesis 3:8). This is called sin nature.
The inherent inclination to sin entered the human race in this way, and human beings became sinners by nature. When Adam sinned, his inner nature was transformed by his sin of rebellion, bringing to him spiritual death and depravity which would be passed on to all of us who came after him. We are sinners not because we sin; rather, we sin because we are sinners.
Because we have inherited a sin nature from Adam, we commit individual, personal sins, everything from seemingly innocent untruths to murder. Those who have not placed their faith in Jesus Christ and found salvation must pay the penalty for their sins in life at their judgment.
A personal sin may be a sin of commission (doing something that is prohibited) or a sin of omission (failing to do what is required of us). It may also express itself in either an act or an attitude. An illustration of this type of sin is portrayed in Scripture as falling short of God’s glory or going astray like a wandering sheep.
There is a form of sin I need to talk about here and it is called secret sin, a most deadly sin. No one suspects he who hides a secret sin. It is a diabolical and destructive sin. Remember when I said earlier pride was the first sin and Lucifer, now Renamed Satan, committed it. When you encounter a proud person, be aware that you face a secret sinner.
Pride is a very thin veneer hiding layers of private shame. They are very good at hiding this sin and what it makes you do. And any criticism of them will be blamed on anything or anyone but them, causing lies and pain. Anyone who finds the truth of their secret sin finds an arrogant, prideful person who will feel compelled to destroy anyone who knows their shameful truth.
This secret sin played a hand in crucifying Christ on the cross. Judas, one of the twelve disciples, betrayed our Lord for thirty silver coins. There is a long story in the bible telling us of his betrayal but my point is this, Judas was embezzling funds from the disciples and he loved the power and the wealth. He nurtured his secret sin allowing Satan to invisibly slip in and take entire possession of all his senses, overthrowing the fear of God, extinguishing the light of reason, and destroying his feeling of shame. And like a desperate man will, he violently sought Jesus’ destruction.
We as Christians must guard against sin, but when we do sin don’t let it grow into a much worse sin. Prayer, confessing your sin to Jesus for him to forgive you and reading the Bible and following the Lord’s laws will let you live a life where faith and the Holy Spirit grows. The Holy Spirit will keep Satan from harming you. So trust in the Lord, pray to God and live the life God wants us to live and you’ll avoid most of the problems Satan will throw your way.
All Glory to God
His Humble Servant
Lee M Buchanan