Bible Verses About Sin: 10 Important Scriptures

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What does the Bible say about sin? The Bible is very clear on the subject of sin in that everyone is guilty of sin, God hates sin, God found a way through Jesus for us to be forgiven of sin. Feel free to use these sin Bible scriptures for a devotional, Sunday school lesson or topical Bible study.

We Are All Sinners

Romans 3:23  For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Isaiah 64:6 We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.

We Need To Confess Our Sin

Proverbs 28:13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

Hosea 5:15  Then I will return to my place until they admit their guilt and turn to me. For as soon as trouble comes, they will earnestly search for me.”

God Forgives Our Sin

1 John 1:7-9 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Forgiving One Another’s Sins

Luke 17:3-4 So watch yourselves!    “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”

Examples of Sin

Colossians 3:5-6   So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.  Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.

Galatians 5:19-21  When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,  envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Victory Over Sin

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

I pray that these Bible Verses on sin helped you to see sin the way God does. Please feel free to add any other sin Scriptures in the comments so this will be a better resource for those that find it. For those who have not accepted Jesus into their lives and are ready to accept Jesus please see below which is a portion of an article Jack Wellman wrote about Signs of the Second Coming of Jesus.

HOW TO RECEIVE & KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE

  • Admit – that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior (Rom 6:23)
  • Abandon – self-effort and realize that you can not be saved by your works or your own efforts (Acts 16:31)
  • Accept freely Christ’s payment for your sins, required of the Father (John 3:16)
  • Acknowledge Jesus Christ as your personal lord and Savior (Acts 4:12)

Resources: WWW.BIBLEGATEWAY.COM The Holy Bible, New Living Translation. Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.



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thapelo May 16, 2013 at 5:19 am

thank u a lot about making me to know dat am rescued frm the penalty of sin Amen.

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charity jackson May 22, 2013 at 5:35 am

this was really helpful! thank YOU LORD !

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Joseph June 1, 2013 at 3:40 am

Thank you God for your name in me

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Adejoke Bello June 14, 2013 at 5:06 am

l thank God for your life and your family, this morning l was
reading in your Website and l was blessed go through Verses in
the Bible that talked about Sin, l believe God is calling me into
ministry to go out to the world and tell people about his love
for us . Am in the time of God preparation for his work.
Please l will like you to send me one of your book l saw,
15 Answers to Questions on Heaven Hell and End Times.
God bless. 27 Catisfield Road Enfield EN3 6BB. London.

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tari June 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

This was very powerful and spiritualy giving hope!! God bless you.

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martha June 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

thanks be to GOD Almigthy,in him i find salvation

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Unspoken Girl July 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I once heard the comment that you sin by breathing. I honestly don’t believe this statement to be true. Am I wrong to disagree with this statement?

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akinkunmi August 5, 2013 at 7:34 am

My fellow brethren, I want to thank God for the grace given us all as liberty in Christ Jesus. Concerning the question you asked, I thinking breathing means living, so we actually do sin by living, because our existing depends on living (breaths) so we can say we can sin through our living (breaths) Isaiah 64:6 say our righteouness is just like filthy rags and so on. Having said that, since our actions, attitude and espressions dsepends on our living (breaths) it is possible we can sin through that. Note. This is my personal conviction.

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Leelagirl December 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm

God gives us breath, will we choose to spend our time pursuing God and His limitless love, or pant for worldly desires that will never allow us to rest?

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vincent July 10, 2013 at 8:38 am

Good work God richly bless you as you do His will

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Izedonmhen thomas July 10, 2013 at 9:03 am

Thank u.

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Josh S July 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Thank you I just acknowledge Jesus as my person savior and he actually appeared to me! It was amazing! He told me that the church was wicked and that I needed to rediscover the truth about his message.

Who will follow me?

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Joshua Sowin July 24, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I’ve answered Unspoken Girl’s question about “Is breathing a sin?” here:

http://betweenletters.quora.com/When-Breathing-Is-a-Sin

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Sabrina July 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

This acrticle helped me allot, as I was filling out an application to be a Jr. Cabin Leader at a christian camp I’ve been raised going to. They ask to explain our idea of salvation and I was kinda weary as to how good my awnser was so I found this and it helped my boost my awnser quite a bit!

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Suit August 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Great! Thank you for this! What a great help and resource. Your intro, though, says “God hates sin”. How can God – pure love and forgiveness – “hate” something? Just a thought. Rejoice in Jesus’ name for His boundless love!

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Jack Wellman August 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Thanks Suit for your comment. Yes, God is love but He is also holy and can not even look at sin. Imagine if someone came into your house at night and killed your son. You have no other children. He murdered him who was innocent. Would you not be angry and hate that sin of murder? Surely you would. But that’s what they did to God’s only Son, Jesus, murdering Him who was innocent and never sinned…yet He died for you. If you search the Bible God DOES hate sin because look at what it did to Jesus. Would you not hate the sin of murdering your only son? Surely you would, wouldn’t you or should you just say, “That’s okay, I have boundless love.” See what I mean my friend?

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DocReits September 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Hey Josh,

Thank you for your work and presentation. The “HOW TO RECEIVE & KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE” section of your article leaves out the act of Repentance or turning away from your sins (Acts 17:30). This act of repentance doesn’t happen just once for the redeemed, but daily.

Cheers,

DocReits

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Jack Wellman September 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I can not speak for Josh but you are right. Repentance is daily and that repentance is required and then confession of sin and then to see our sinfulness and the desperate need we have for a Savior and then to trust in Christ. This is covered in the link where people it says “Jesus: Do You Know Him”. Thank you DocRiets. The conclusion here is the exception for it you look at most other articles on salvation you will see what you have just said is included in about 99% of the articles. Thank you sir.

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DocReits September 20, 2013 at 12:10 am

Thanks Jack,

Thank you also for your kind explanation of repentance. Repentance is the daily act of picking up our cross and following Him. Unfortunately this daily process gets confused with believing we are talking about salvation. No. It is the demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s work in our life leading the saved into communion with the Father and the Son.

As the Holy Spirit reveals these sins we simply turn from them and repent or turn our bent(heart) towards the Father and away from sin.

This is why God called David “perfect”. Not because he was without sin, but because his heart was (in the end) always bending towards God with a contrite heart and repentant spirit.

Btw Jack, you state, (re repentance):

“This is covered in the link where … it says “Jesus: Do You Know Him”

I searched that page and not only do I not see any mention of repentance, but no mention of the law, sin, or judgment. Oversight? I have to kindly say, this is the Gospel in the majority of churches I have attended.

“It is a great mistake to give a man who has not been convicted of sin certain passages that were never meant for him. The Law is what he needs … Do not offer the consolation of the gospel until he sees and knows he is guilty before God. We must give enough of the Law to take away all self-righteousness. I pity the man who preaches only one side of the truth, always the gospel and never the Law”. D.L. Moody

Blessings,

DocReits

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Jack Wellman September 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

D.L. Moody is among my favorites and yes, you are right, repentance should be in this section and so I do apologize and I did add that most important step that is required and critical to the steps of repentance and confession to the section. I am glad you saw that essential need missing and I thank God for you sir. It is now corrected.

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Norman Silva September 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Jack,

You say “I can not speak for Josh but you are right. Repentance is daily and that repentance is required and then confession of sin”.

I’d like to know where you get this from because it’s not from the Bible.

Repentance is a “one time” act when we “change our minds” about who Jesus is as a lost person. It’s got nothing to do with “feeling sorry” and continually “repenting” as a Christian.

If Jesus forgave our sins, past, present and future almost two thousand years ago, (which He did) why are you still asking for forgiveness. You are asking for something you ALREADY have. On the cross Christ said “it is finished” but you are saying “no it’s not”.

1 John 1:9 is commonly used by Christians as a “bar of soap”. 1 John 1 was written for pastors that had Gnostics in their Churches/congregations who believed Jesus hadn’t come in the flesh and that men were without sin. John addresses those points in 1 John 1:1 and 1:8. Why else would he make those statements? A plain reading of 1 John 1 makes this clear.

To build a whole doctrine (in this case, Christians asking for forgiveness of sins and to re-establish fellowship) on one verse is absurd especially when that verse (1 John 1:9) is not for Christians. Hebrews covers the finished work of Christ on the cross.

We then get to the “fellowship” issue. Another absurd belief. Do you honestly think you can do anything to make things right with God – it is ALL grace and ALL Him.

1 Cor 1:9 (fancy that) states that we have been brought into fellowship with God through His Son… “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord”.

This shows our fellowship with God is complete and is established at the new birth. We can’t become “un-born again”. We can’t go from a butterfly back to a caterpillar as we were. When we sin, we do not beak fellowship – we cannot.
We are not sinners saved by grace – we are “new creations”.

When I ask the 1 John 1:niners about unconfessed sin, I usually get confusing answers. What do you do Jack, about sins that you have forgotten to confess? With your doctrine, you now have sin in your life and if you were to die in the next second, would you go to heaven? If you answer yes, then please tell me how the Lord would allow sin into heaven?

I often hear analogies about a human father and son but people fail to understand God is not a human and no human father loves his child like God loves us. This is an anthropomorphic mentality.

With this thinking, the focus is on sin and not on the finished work of Jesus Christ. The sin issue has been dealt with. If you tell people not to look through a hole in the fence – what do you think they’ll do? That’s right – look through the hole.

When you sin (and we all do continually) thank the Lord for HAVING dealt with the sin issue and ask Him to help you with your walk. “Confessing” your sin makes you focus on your sin and your are expressing unbelief in the Lord’s finished work.

Hand in hand with this wrong teaching is that the Holy Spirit convicts a believer of sin. Once again, there is no basis for this is Scripture.

John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

How can the Holy Spirit convict believers of sin when in Hebrews the writer records “I will remember their sins no more”.

This also debunks the teaching that when we die we’ll have a “big screen TV” showing us all the times we sinned.

One doesn’t have to be a Greek scholar to understand the Lord’s completed work. Getting down into the weeds about the meaning of one word trying to make a doctrine contrary to the overall theme of the Bible is absurd (sorry I’ve used that word three times now but it’s apt)

The Bible was written for the simplest person to understand. A child can read about salvation and the completed forgiveness of sin and “get it”. It’s adults and “man’s wisdom” that gets in the way of a simple understanding.

Christ died for all mankind and the Gospel message is simple. For Christians it is ALL good news.

In Him,

Norman Silva.

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-sin-10-important-scriptures/#ixzz2fAIjP

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Jack Wellman September 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm

1 John 1:8, 10 says “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” Are you saying this is not true? Are you not a sinner? What verse can you show that 1 John 1:9 is given only to pastors? Show us. On the contrary John says in 1 John 1:3 “that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us.” Who is the “us”? It is the church not to pastor. If written only to pastors then church members can ignore these verses? I am amazed by your conclusion.

David provides an excellent example of the free and full forgiveness that is ours by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. “Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’–and You forgave the guilt of my sin”(Ps 32:5).

James 5:19-20 (Phi) My brothers, if any of you should wander away from the truth and another should turn [same word for repent, which is what repent meanst…to turn!] him back on to the right path, then the latter may be sure that in turning a man back from his wandering course he has rescued a soul from death, and in so doing will “cover a multitude of sins.” Repent means to “turn” and so this is the same language that James uses.

Isaiah 55:6-7 (NIV) Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Rom 2:4 (Phi) Are you, perhaps, misinterpreting God’s generosity and patient mercy towards you as weakness on his part? Don’t you realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? Meant to “lead you…” lead who? Paul was writing this to the Roman church and Roman Christians.

Rev 3:3 (Phi) “Remember what you were taught. Hold to those things and repent.”

Jesus showed us in a prayer template in Matthew 6 to “Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation.”

If we are to “forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Meaning that we must continue to be forgiven…not that we’ll lose salvation but that we have short accounts and don’t let any sin be un-confessed like David said in Psalm 51. Do you not ask for forgiveness for your sins every day? If you are saying that you are not a sinner, then I see that Jesus didn’t die for you. Romans 7 shows Paul’s daily struggle with sin.

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Lachlan October 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Is hate not a sin, so is it not incorrect to believe God hates sin?

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Jack Wellman October 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Thank you Lachain…are you saying that God has sinned? God hates sin, yes, but it is not hating a person. God tells us that hate is a sin but he is talking about hating another person, not an inanimate or intangible and God commands us to not hate people and so we sin when we are hating a person. God hates sin and that is not sin because it is not a person…people hate people and that IS sin. See the difference?

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Folorunsho Michael October 15, 2013 at 8:10 am

Powerful words.

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Susie October 26, 2013 at 11:40 pm

You have left out baptism. Mark 16:16 clearly points out that baptism is necessary. It says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned”. And, what about Acts 2:38, Luke 3:3. We are not to take away or add anything to God’s word. To say that one is saved without baptism is to take away.

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Jack Wellman October 27, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Susie, thank you for your comment. I am puzzled over your comment. This article is about sin and so why do you essentially say that a person is not saved unless they get baptized. Then you are adding to the full work of salvation and Jesus said at the cross “Paid in full” (in th Greek). You are essentially saying that, “Sorry Jesus, your death was not enough…I must add to it by being baptized. Nice try Jesus but your death on the cross wasn’t enough….I need to complete it with me being baptized. A person that is saved SHOULD get baptized….but what you quoted “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damned” does not say “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved in order to be saved.”

What of the man who had a “death bed” conversion and was in no condition to be baptized in such a state of physical deterioration that he could not even be lifted up out of his bed due to the risk of fracture of his vertebrae? That dying man’s conversion was not enough then to believe in Jesus Christ to be saved? (Acts 4:12, Rom 10:9-13, Acts 16:30-31). We could not baptize him yet he came to saving faith just before he died so he is headed to hell? How can another woman in a nursing home who accepted Christ also on her death bed not be saved after professing saving faith in Christ just because she couldn’t get baptized? She too is headed to hell?

There are also scores of people who in car wrecks who professed faith in Christ. Once with a pastor who included it in his lifetime experiences and came to the scene after the accident. Remember that these three people who were dying and not able to be baptized professed with their tongue faith in Christ. The two elderly people understood the plan of salvation as I explained it clearly to them. And this was clearly in the New Covenant…this was just last summer! This was one of the most awesome experiences of my entire life and yet you say because they were not baptized they are not saved and headed to hell for eternity. I disagree.

What comes first? Regeneration and being born again (John 3:3) or baptism and then regeneration? Look at every salvation of every person in the New Testament and you will read that they get baptized AFTER they are saved.

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Susie January 1, 2014 at 12:01 am

The necessity of baptism (Mark 16:16) no more adds to the full work of salvation by Jesus on the cross than does the necessity of belief (John 8:24), repentance (Luke 13:3), and confession (Matthew 10:32).

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DocReits January 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Dear Susie,

I have had discussions with a dear Lutheran Pastor recently on this very subject. I was raised Roman Catholic and am very much acquainted with the belief in the necessity of water baptism for salvation. Holy Communion and Baptism were a command of Jesus to those of His followers. Was that command a requirement for salvation is where the heart of this discussion is at.

This very belief that Baptism is a requirement for salvation was the reason we baptized my dying newborn son (Roman Catholic hospital) years ago to prevent his soul from suffering damnation(the belief that water baptism is necessary for the removal of “original” sin).

Your recent post I am replying to addresses this fundamental difference in views, as I see it, between yours and Pastor Jack’s opinions on this matter. (Pastor Jack and Susie correct me if I am wrong here). Jesus left the church(his followers) with two basic ordinances, water Baptism and Holy Communion. What is an “ordinance”?:

“Ordinances are determined by three factors: they were instituted by Christ, they were taught by the apostles, and they were practiced by the early church. Since baptism and communion are the only rites which qualify under these three factors, there can be only two ordinances….”

The Roman Catholic church believes in the 7 sacraments which impart Grace “necessary” for salvation to the believer. These are external actions done to, by or for the believer by which this Grace is delivered and rests upon their soul. What are these sacraments?:

“They are baptism, confirmation, holy communion, confession, marriage, holy orders, and the anointing of the sick. According to the Catholic Church: “There are seven sacraments. They were instituted by Christ and given to the Church to administer. They are necessary for salvation. The sacraments are the vehicles of grace which they convey.”

Susie, you have come to a website which is evangelical in its charter(beliefs) and does not subscribe to this notion of “Grace”, being imparted to the believer through “external” procedures, which are “necessary” as requirements of salvation. You should, IMO, not only see baptism as “necessary” for salvation, but Holy Communion also. You should also be arguing for no unconfessed mortal sins be remaining upon your soul as a requirement for salvation. Am I wrong here? Why choose Baptism only?

I also subscribe to the charter of this site. I believe that the only necessary requirement for salvation is “internal” , not “external”. I believe that children are saved before the age of accountability. Water baptism does not save us. This is best attested to by Paul in his letter to Titus when he said:

“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7, NKJV).”

I do not expect this short defense of, Sola Fide, by faith alone, to change your mind. It did not mine for many, many years. In the end we ask ourselves the question what does Scripture say. Pastor Jack has given a defense. I will repeat that the body of Scripture recurs with the theme of “belief”(internal) as “necessary” for salvation and not the “external” sacraments.

In the early church the apostles were wary of those claiming faith in Christ as it was often a capital offense in the sight of the government to be a believer in Jesus. Those examples in Scripture where the Christians were Baptized immediately after their confession of faith did so as a demonstration of their belief. They were overjoyed to show the world that they “were” saved through faith alone. It also was further proof to other believers that they were committed to their belief and that they were true believers.

Well, I wish you well Susie. I was infant baptized by my parents as a Roman Catholic. I was publicly baptized in a lake, when I was 30, as a demonstration of my faith in Jesus as my sole hope of salvation. Did either baptism save me? I know your answer and now, you know mine.

Blessings,

DocReits

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Rachael January 29, 2014 at 12:30 am

As I had mentioned later on down in the comments, baptisim is essential to salvation. I think that in these extreme situations, when judgement day comes and our names are read, it will be up to God if these people will be in paradise. Here is what I know the Bible says about what Believers should do and why baptisim is important for salvation.

Matthew 28:16-20 says, “Then the eleven deciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him – but some of them doubted! Jesus cam and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

It says in John 3: 1-7
“There was a man maned Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” Jesus reliped, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus relpied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.”

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Ronald Mockel February 20, 2015 at 6:15 am

Susie I dont see how baptism is clearly pointed out & necessary when its clearly pointed out its not necessary nor has baptism been taken away nor has anything been added to Gods words. Besides what Jack is saying points it out but your own comment points it out.
“he that believeth not shall be damned”… I dont see anything saying you are damned for not being baptised.
It still says the same point if it was..& is baptised & he who repents & who fast & who forgives is saved. Doesnt mean its required. The bible would be miss leading for omiting that your damned for not being baptised.

Thx Susie & Thx Jack! I’m so glad to here “paid in full” & why I love people that know whats written in the bible.
I’m going to post a comment about what I understand & “sin” is what EVERYTHING is about & your sins are forgiven but you can still not get to heaven. People are not getting the repent part right & why needed but not to live 4 ever in heaven or the bible. I need help so I’m not misleading if I’am but dont realize. (slow texting so it will be little while) Ty!

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Jack Wellman February 20, 2015 at 8:43 am

Amen Mr. Mockel…finally a voice of reason that doesn’t try to add to the work of Calvary. I appreciate your words…very encouraging and spot on the mark sir. I truly thank God for you.

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Ronald Mockel March 12, 2015 at 3:09 am

Thx so much Jack & God bless you 4 your kind words I didnt expect & I bet a person would be correct if they say it was God who wanted you to say those encouraging words that brought peace over me because I have no calvary but what I see & understand just lately plus dont know the Bible. I do believe Heaven is Peace to its deepest because Love was created so I think I’m the person I speak about & why I’am here…lol! hum?
I want to reply to Rachael what it is I understand so people will I hope see also DocReits point too but exactly right what you say about hating sin or man. We all need to get this Bible figured out right together finally because the time we have to understand is short. Gods wrath upon earth is so near that might begin any moment now its that close we need to, must & very important to repent daily for our sins, not the sin itself & foregiveness like you say Jack to rid the wickedness(evil/devil) thats in man that each sin & size doesnt matter that allows evil/devil inside man to possess, control & blind us to prevent man from heaven. We are forgiven for our sins only at death so Norman S.(bless u & pray u see this) in ur reply about repentance & only a 1 time needed ordeal you are talking like we(man) have already been judged because are sins are forgiven on the cross & I agree you are right its that simple to understand & the Bible doesnt say to be continued but you are really blinded or havent turned 13 yrs old yet(sorry, not to be a smart ass) but this isnt over yet theres Gods wrath, the mark of the beast & it all ends on Judgement Day. Jesus says some non believers will now call out to God, some believers will curse God, some are not or wont be allowed to know(possessed) they are taking the mark of the beast an worshipping the false God & even the greatest believers in God & the Bible will be fooled by the anti christ (I never & dont like to use capital letters with evil,devil,lucifer,god,satan..exc. their nothing & dont deserve to be highlighted of something important…hehe) so please anyone who might read this take repentance very serious & have God on your forehead because Jesus wont be helping,guiding or protecting man & the devil under control during tribulation. Its man & his free will & Lord Jesus Christ is amazed at how many people (beheaded-if ur so lucky)…exc. there are because I believe its the only time(makes kings & unthrones kings…exc.) he doesnt make or control what is or what is to be on earth. I thank God Jack for your time, devotion, love for God & help. Please forgive if I’m misleading on my reply to Rachael I’m just trying to walk in Gods shoes as Jesus did & have only been to church a few times & not read the Bible since I was confirmed as a Luthern at 14 yrs old & dont know what that means except but that I didnt have to go to church anymore & I turn just turned 52 yrs old 8 minutes ago..haha (sorry so long)

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Jack Wellman March 12, 2015 at 8:56 am

Thank you Mr. Mockel for your great comment. You said you don’t need to go to church anymore? Have you ever spoken with your pastor or do you have one sir? Thanks for such a great comment and testimony to God’s working in your life my brother.

niz October 28, 2013 at 2:54 am

The part that I don’t understand about sin is how The Bible states that, “Every sin, every act of rebellion, leads to condemnation and eternal death (Romans 6:23).” But then it also states that, “…if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” So are sins forgivable or not? Thank you for this article. God bless.

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Jack Wellman October 28, 2013 at 8:40 am

Hello Niz….great question about how these both can be true at the same time. Since we know the Bible does not contradict itself, we should look at ALL of Romans chapter 6 and not just that one verse. Yes, all have sinned but the verse just before Romans 6:23 tells the Roman church and all believers that “22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”

So yes, all sin and fall short and the wages of sin is death but even the last part of Romans 6:23 says “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Paul was saying that what we have all earned is death by our wages from sin BUT we have eternal life as a gift from God and the forgiveness of sins is now possible because of Jesus’ sacrifice.

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Damian December 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

so we can sin all we want and except sin as if it is not a sin?

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Jack Wellman December 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Where do you get this that you can sin all you want because 1 John chapter 3 says that if you sin all you want then you are not saved Damian!

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Rachael January 29, 2014 at 12:56 am

Damian,

No, we can’t sin all we want and accept sins as if it were not sin. Part of becoming a Christian is something called “repentence.” To repent means to completely turn away in both mind and heart from yourself and back to God. If you look up the word “repent” you also see the words sincere regret, remorse, shame, and guilt, among many other discriptions. So, when we verbally confess that we are sinners, we also want to repent of those sins. So, we want to try our best to not commit the same sins that we have in our past. Confessing that we are sinners and repenting of those sins are only a part of what being a Christian is about. I hope this helps, Damian.

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Angela Dilts-Peterson December 30, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I disagree (even if its not verbatim in Gods word) that at all costs we should refrain from divorce. Abuse, which I define as drug/alcohol/sex and other addictions, sexual abuse of a minor or child or spouse, sexual abuse of spouse including force of sex or with holding of sex, verbal physical or emotional abuse. I personally believe, and agree I am accountable for this, that God does not desire this for any man woman or child, and that it is grounds for divorce even without reconciliation.
Having personal experience with this, I would stake my future in heaven on it.

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Rachael January 2, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Don’t forget about baptisim! Baptism is an essential part to the key of salvation! 1. Learn about God and what sin is. 2. Understand that you are a sinner and can only be saved by the blood of Jesus. 3. Repent 4. Be baptized and recieve the free gift of the Holy Spirit 5. Walk in the newness of God with Jesus Christ as your guide. 6. Follow the Great Commission.

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Jack Wellman January 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Amen Rachael…amen. You are so right. Thank you. Very important steps indeed.

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Ronald May 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm

It is not a sin to have epilepsy is it… I have had it my entire life since i have been born over 40 years here… I get 4 different kinds of seizures they have gotten better over the years!!! I get about 7 a month now.. When i was a kid i was getting that many every day.. Atonic Tonic clonic Generized and Grandmal ones i get.. I was on dilantin for about 37 years… They took me off the Dilantin because it kept making my folic acid get real low… And tried me with Keppra but the side effects did not go good at all.. A few months ago put me on Zonegran and Lamicital… They did not diagnose me with it until i was about 2 and a half years old… Because no one ever noticed it they said… They think it was missed because babies eyes move around alot and i did not have my first grandmal until i was 2 and a half years old… I was doa but they brought me back…. It has been a long and tough 40 plus years here that is for sure… A eeg shows i have activity 24/7 but they said that they are so small that i dont really notice and no one else can.. But they say that is why i get light headed and a funny taste in my mouth or a smell sometimes… I am so use to it i do not even really notice it to often anymore more… I even got some brain damage from it and they wan’t to do surgery!!! But if i have surgery done there is a good chance i will lose my memory and it will not help my seizures so i am not going to take the chance here!!! And be strong.. I have gone 40 plus years and feel i am ok with my memory… For all all i been threw over the years i feel i am in ok shape… But i sure will never give up and stand tall and as proud as ever here until the end

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Mandi Ward October 15, 2014 at 8:49 am

Hi, Very powerful post thank you for sharing. Can you tell me what verse or chapter explains that sin is sin and that God sees all sin the same. No sin is worse than the other?

Thank you very much,
Mandi

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Jack Wellman October 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm

I think you and the author believe the same thing…that not all sin is equal and I also agree. For example, murder is worse than hate, the physical act of adultery is worse than stealing. All sin is bad and against God but some are certainly worse, no doubt Mandi. Thank you for your comment.

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SHAWN March 8, 2015 at 3:23 pm

I DONT UNDERSTAND how am i forgiven for sin by us humans killing jesus

it makes no sense to me.

someone please help me with this

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Jack Wellman March 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Thank you Shawn for your very good question sir. If you read 1 John it says if we confess our sins, He will forgive us. Read John 3:16-17 and Romans 8 to see how we can be cleansed, once and for all. Jesus prayed while they were nailing Him to the cross, forgive them Father for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34). That’s why God’s grace is so amazing.

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DocReits March 9, 2015 at 2:49 am

Hi Shawn,

Let me attempt to offer this explanation, as far as why Jesus had to die to obtain payment for our sins. First, Jesus was not killed against His will. Therefore it was not humans who took Jesus by surprise and killed Him. He offered Himself up of His own free will. See that here:

Jesus speaking…”No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.”(Jn 10:18)

You see Jesus willingly came to die for us. You then will ask, “Why did He have to die?”

Jesus had to die to satisfy His Father’s judgment upon our sin. We have all broken the Father’s Law(the Ten Commandments). And for our penalty we are all condemned to hell. That is the justice of God. Man is doomed…that is our predicament…we are all going to hell…you, me and everyone, because we are all sinners.

God so loves us though, that He doesn’t want us to go to hell(Jn 3:16). He needed someone to pay for our sin, to satisfy the Father(Judge). If you Shawn, have killed someone, do you expect a just Judge to forgive you and say, “Well Shawn, I love you, so you don’t have to pay for killing that person”? No, of course not. The judge would not be a good judge if he let you go without paying for your crime.

Sin, in the Bible is only forgiven by the sacrifice of shedding blood. I know that sounds creepy, but it is the way of God. See that here:

“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”(Heb 9:22)

So to get our sins forgiven so we could go to heaven there had to be a sacrifice of blood. It could not be animal blood, or blood from you or me, because we are not perfect. We are tarnished by sin. There had to be a perfect sacrifice, to cover once and for all, the sins of everyone. No one is perfect except God. That is why God was born at Bethlehem in the baby Jesus. It was His mission, Jesus’s, to be that sacrifice. He came to do the will of the Father. That will was to die for your sins, so you would not have to go to hell, if you repent of your sin and believe in His death and Resurrection.

Here is the reason why it had to be Jesus and not anyone else or any animal sacrifice. Your answer is found in Hebrews chapter 10. Read both chapter 9 and 10. Here is the pertinent part in Chapter 10:

“Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All
10 The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. 2 If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.

3 But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. 4 For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 That is why, when Christ[a] came into the world, he said to God,

“You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings.
But you have given me a body to offer.
6 You were not pleased with burnt offerings
or other offerings for sin.
7 Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God—
as is written about me in the Scriptures.’”[b]
8 First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses). 9 Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. 10 For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.

11 Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. 12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 13 There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. 14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.

15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,

16 “This is the new covenant I will make
with my people on that day,[c] says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”[d]
17 Then he says,

“I will never again remember
their sins and lawless deeds.”[e]
18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.”

Shawn, I pray you will ask God to forgive you of your sins, by turning from them and turning toward Christ Jesus. Trust in Him. Believe in Him and what He did for you on the Cross. He willingly sacrificed Himself upon that cross for you Shawn. No one killed Him. He sacrificed Himself for you. Believe in Him and His Resurrection bodily from the grave three days later, and you will be born again. God’s Spirit will fill you and you will know that these things are true. Do this and you will go to heaven when you die and not hell.

I am praying for you Shawn,

DocReits

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