5 Biblical Consequences of Sin

by Derek Hill on December 16, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

The word for sin in the Greek language is “amartia” (ha-mar-tia).  It means “to miss the mark.” Every time we sin we do miss the mark. God has set high standards for us all because He is just and He is deserving of our obedience.  It is because we have all missed the mark that Jesus died.  His blood covers every single sin.  What happens, though, when we do sin?  What are the consequences of sin?  Let us see what the Bible has to say.

Separation

“But your iniquities (sin) have made a separation between you and your God.” (Isaiah 59:2a)  This is by far the biggest consequence of sin.  Every sin is an offense to God, and God cannot be in the presence of sin.  That is why if you choose to keep committing the same sins without repentance, you will stop feeling His presence in your life.  The Holy Spirit will stop speaking to you if you refuse to repent.  “Do not quench the Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19)  How do you quench the Spirit?  The next 3 verses indicate how to not quench the Spirit.  “Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast to what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:20-22)  If you take to heart and apply these 3 verses to your life, you will hear God speaking through the Holy Spirit in your life.

It is Harmful to You

Every time we sin we do miss the mark.

The following story is extreme, but it shows you how far your sin can take you.  Sodom and Gomorrah were 2 of the most reprehensible cities known to man.  They were so filled with sin that God could no longer hold back His wrath.  God knew that Lot and his wife were dedicated to Him, so He sent 2 angels to warn them to leave before the destruction of the cities.  “And as they (angels) brought them out, one said, ‘Escape for your life.  Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley.  Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.’” (Genesis 19:17)  Lot understood and obeyed.  He took his wife and daughters out of the city.  He tried to get his future son-in-laws to flee too, but they thought he was joking.  When they were out of the city, Lot’s wife could not resist the temptation to sin and look back.  What happened?  “But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back and she became a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:26)  Lot’s wife lost her life because of that one sin.  God takes sin seriously, which is why we should always choose His way, instead of our own way.

It is Harmful to Others

When you choose to run your life instead of letting God guide you, catastrophic events can happen.  King Herod was an evil man, full of selfish ambition.  He was troubled when he heard Jesus had been born. (Matthew 2:3)  He discovered where Jesus was born (Bethlehem), but God, being omniscient (all knowing) led Jesus away safely through Joseph and Mary to Egypt.  Herod’s rage led to massive destruction after he realized that Jesus had been led out of Bethlehem.  “Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under.” (Matthew 2:16)  Herod’s sin cost the life of many innocent children.

Sin is a Catalyst for More Sin

As believers, it is the Holy Spirit that convicts us when we do wrong (John 16:7-8), so that we can repent and be clean again.  However, in the case of unbelievers or believers who refuse to repent, sin can catapult us into deeper sin.  How does adultery happen?  It doesn’t just happen; it is a sin-by-sin process.  It starts with a look, “Wow, that person is very attractive.” (You should be focused on your spouse)  If you feed that thought then it escalates, “Talking to them isn’t going to hurt anything.” (You should be thinking about your spouse)  That won’t be enough.  Now you are attracted physically and somewhat emotionally, “I can’t stop thinking about him/her.” (You should be thinking about your spouse).  Then you are in deep water; your sexual drive will overtake you without confessing your sin.  Satan knows how to reel anyone in.  He has mastered it.  If we don’t take sin seriously, we will end up committing a multitude of sins that started from only one thought.

It is an Eternal Death Sentence to Unbelievers

“For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)  It is my prayer that this verse really speaks to you.  A true believer will repent of their sins, but those who are rebellious are in serious trouble!  Eternal death (separation from God forever) awaits all who choose to not accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Christ, Himself, says in Matthew 25:41-46 what will happen to those who do not show Christ’s love to humanity.  Those who do not feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and in prison, or give a drink to the thirsty will be left alone in utter torment for eternity.  The self-seeking, proud, pompous, self-righteous and greedy people will not be in heaven unless they repent.  I want you to know that if you are an unbeliever reading this article — know that God loves you and this is how I know, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”  (2 Peter 3:9) I urge you, if you have not accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, to wait no longer.  Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Conclusion

Sin has many consequences; more than I have mentioned.  Sin is always destructive, but repentance is always constructive.  Please, give your life over to Christ today!  He can take everything you are, and make you into someone you never thought you could be.  I am living proof!  He absolutely loves you and is waiting for you to come to Him.  God bless you!

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Jack Wellman December 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Spot on my brother. I see you have such a firm grasp of the definition of sin as missing the mark. It makes me think about how humans aim for the mark, like a bullseye on the dark side of the moon and that without God’s help, we could never hit the mark. Fortunately, HE hit the mark for us (2 Cor 5:21). Great teaching Derek.

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Derek Hill December 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Thank you Jack. I like your analogy of how HE hit the mark for us. I can’t even imagine how much patience God has for us. He knows that we are sorry when we repent and He knows that we will sin again shortly after. He is an Awesome God! God bless you brother.

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victoire patience December 16, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Thank you Derek for this piece. As a believer, i sometimes find myself engaging in sinful ways that i become so torn apart as to whether God will allow me again in His presence. But thank you for making it clear of how much He loves us and how much we should strive to abstain from sin, lest we are taken away from His presence because i don’t even want to imagine life without God’s grace. Thank you a lot for this piece again, very inspiring and touching.

check out vikkyscreed.blogspot.com

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Derek Hill December 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Thank you Victoire. You have said it perfectly. I also never want to imagine life without God’s grace. Eternity apart from God would be absolutely horrible. I am glad that God could use me as His instrument to show you His love. Our God is so Good! God bless you and your loved ones Victoire.

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mike ohara December 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

thanks good to be separated from sin,sin is not a partner to any christian

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Derek Hill December 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Amen! Even though sin infects our lives, Christ cleanses us from it through repentance. God bless you! Have a Merry Christmas!

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Sam Antwi December 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I think we have become sin conscious as believers to the extent that we spent greater part of our lives confessing sins instead of thanking God for the atonement of our sins through his son Jesus Christ. Jesus has paid for our sins both the past ,present and the future sins. Sin does not break fellowship with God. The bible teaches in 1 john 2:2 that he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world. 1 john 2:12 also says that your sins have been forgiven for his name sake. Revelation 1:5 also states that …unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.
Sin is no longer an issue for the believer as all our sins have been paid for by the one offering of Jesus as it is said in the book of Hebrews.
In the New Covenant the Lord said that He will put his laws in our mind, and write them in our hearts and he will be our God we shall be his people. He also said that for I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and iniquities i will remember them no more. Hebrews 8:10&12.
As believers we are dead to sin. That is why Paul said in Romans 6:2 that how shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein.
As a believer when you sin,it affects your body and gives satan
access into your life. When you sin you yield yourself servant to the author of that sin which is satan. Romans 6:16 says know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servant to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death or obedience unto righteousnes?.
I believe sin has to be judged but our sins have already been judged in Jesus Christ. God is in Christ Jesus reconciling the world unto himsel not imputting our trespasses unto us. 2 Cor 5:19.
If you mess up through sin the bible instructs us in Heb 4:16 to come boldly

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Derek Hill December 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

Hello Sam. I do agree with some of your points, but I think that sin will always be an issue that we must all take seriously and come to the Father with. Yes, Christ’s blood covers our sins, but we still have to own up to what we have done wrong and tell God we are sorry through repentance. Otherwise we aren’t engaging in the relationship that God wants to have with us. Your verses from 1 John are such an encouragement to all of us. I am thankful that we are forgiven because of Christ. You are absolutely right when you say that we give Satan access to us when we sin, and if we don’t take that sin seriously through repentance, we will eventually make Satan the ruler of what we think and do. Repentance is a must and thanking God for the atonement of our sins is a must. They both go hand in hand. Thank you for your thoughts Sam. God bless you and have a Merry Christmas!

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Jack Wellman December 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Hello Sam. You wrote that ” Sin does not break fellowship with God” but it really does for when we are regarding sin in our heart God will not hear us (testified many times in the Davidic psalms). Now our sins do not ever break our relationship with God (maybe that’s what you meant).

I think we should confess our sins each and every day. Why, because 1 John 1:9 says, ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

You also said that “Sin is no longer an issue for the believer” but again and again we need to repent and be forgiven and it is an ongoing issue, not of our salvation, but of our sanctification because “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). Do you see what I am saying sir? We don’t lose our salvation over our sin but sin has consequences, even for the Christian for what we reap we will surely sow.

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Sam Elimas January 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm

By reading this bible study it opens up my eyes to see clearly what sin is and i now know what the consequences of the sin i will face if i continue committing sin. so thank you Mr. Derek Hill for sharing this study.

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Derek Hill January 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I am glad God could use me as a vessel to help you Sam. Sin is such a destructive device. It can do much more harm than we think. God bless you Sam and thank you for stopping by WCWTK.

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Jman April 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm

I willfully sinned against God after being a believer. I went back into pornography and now I feel like God will no longer give me a wife. Do you think thats true?

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Derek Hill April 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hello Jman. No I don’t think that is true. When you are forgiven, your sin is forgotten. God would not hold a wife back from you for this. However, more importantly is making sure that you are right with God. Have you repented of this sin? I really encourage you to give this sin to God if you haven’t already. Give your future spouse to God. Ask God to prepare her in advance for you as He prepares you as well to be a suitable mate for her. God bless you!

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OHAJI ONYEDIKACHI ANTHONY July 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I always found my self committing one sin or the other, i want to come out of it but my flesh is week while my spirit is willing to repent,i will repent today and go back tomorrow. i need God’s grace to come out completely. please recommend some christian books that can help me avoid sin thanks

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Derek Hill July 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Hello Ohaji! Indeed the flesh is weak even when the Spirit is strong. One thing I want to encourage you in is that as long as you are sincere when you repent, God will forgive you every time. Although I have yet to read this book, “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper would be a good one to read. Here is what the product description says on Christianbook.com

“In this provocative work Pastor Piper challenges us to set aside the trivial pursuit of self-fulfillment so that we can develop a deeper passion for God. Piper believes that if we passionately submit the sufferings we endure, the risks we take, and the goals we set to the pursuit of God’s glory, then not one moment of our lives will be wasted. Don’t miss this opportunity to rekindle your passion for the cross of Christ and the glory of God.”

I hope this helps you. Blessings on you!

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Will September 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Derek! Thanks for putting up a piece that talks about the effects/consequences of sin. As I prepare to preach for the downfall of Absalom, it would be inappropriate to do so without mentioning the terrible after-effects of David’s sin with Bathsheba. I was wondering if I could include your five points about sin’s consequences in my upcoming sermon and give you credit as I preach. Would that be ok, brother? Just email or comment and let me know. I appreciate it! I just want to ask permission first before using any of your material in my sermon. Thanks!

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Derek Hill September 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Thank you Will! Absolutely! If you want to use these that is okay with me. God bless you brother and the work that you are doing for the kingdom!

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Bradley Keefer October 21, 2013 at 3:11 am

Derek, I was a “Believer” in Christ for quite some years, I worked in ministry and did missions trips and watched God do His work. I also was removed and banned from my position because of my sin. I also fell far away from the Lord after that for about 5 years and God humbled me to depths I never thought I’d know. I knew Gods word and I knew what I was doing was wrong, but I never understood what true repentance from sin really was and how sin leads to death until a teaching by Robert Jeffress on TV. I have been what I call a “Follower” of Christ now for 6 months. I just want to be a written witness that sin will not only destroy you but can destroy a whole family, congregation, build hate in people and build hate toward yourself. like you said, it just takes one thought with out repentance and seeking God to destroy that sin within you, to where you are in full blown sin. I still have issues and mess up daily, but I ask God to search my heart and remove those things from me. I just want to say thanks for posting this article, it has spoken volumes to me. May the Lord bless you the rest of your days here on Earth brother.

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Derek Hill October 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Hello Bradley! Thank you for your testimony. You are not alone brother. I have been in your shoes too. There was a time in my life where I wasn’t even attempting to acknowledge God. I only fulfilled my own desires, and like you, God brought me trials that made me look back to Him. Our God is an awesome God because He loves us enough to let us go through pain, so we can really see God for who He is, the Healer. He will heal us from our sins if we simply ask Him. I’m so glad you are back on the straight and narrow path again! Peace be with you and may God bless you as you continue to live a life worthy of His calling for you.

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Ps Senie February 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Amen guys God Will bless you just for this topic it’s a serious one an if Christians are not carful they will parish

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James June 20, 2014 at 7:57 am

But, but….Billy Joel said that sinners have more fun /sarcasm.

:P at Billy Joel and his stupid @$$ song.

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James June 20, 2014 at 7:58 am

That…was supposed to be a : P not a smiley face.

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