An Accurate Portrait of Sin


          “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness” (Ephesians 4:17-19).

          In Scripture, there is nothing superficial or trivialized about sin. Every Bible penman uses the blackest of ink to define, describe, and detail it.

          Consider the phrases and words used by the quill of the Spirit-inspired apostle Paul when he writes of the heathen’s lifestyle: futility of mind, darkened understanding, alienated from God and godly living, ignorant, blind, past feeling, enslaved to lewdness, workers of uncleanness and greediness.

          Only fools—those educated beyond their intelligence and those who are so openminded their brains have fallen out—laugh at sin (Proverbs 14:9). God never does. The godly never do.

          Seeing sin for what it is and seeing sin as it is are essential to having the proper motivation to learn Christ (Ephesians 4:20) and to appreciating all the spiritual blessings in Him (Ephesians 1:3).

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