What is sin?
Some define sin as transgression of God’s law. “We need to keep the law because ‘sin is lawlessness’” (see 1 John 3:4). Okay, but which law?
“We have to keep all of the commands.”
Including the ones about not wearing poly-blend clothing or eating bacon?
“Well, not those ones. But at least the Ten Commandments. Plus everything Jesus said.”
But the Bible says we are not under law (see Rom. 6:14). Which means we can’t use the law to define sin.
And since the law is not of faith, we might say that trying to live under the law is itself a kind of sin (see Gal. 3:11–12).
“You’re breaking my brain.”
What you misdiagnose, you mistreat. If you define sin as law-breaking, you’ll think the remedy to sin is law-keeping. But to live under the law is to walk after the flesh.
We are supposed to look to the Lord, not the law, which means you cannot use the law as a guide for holy living. In the Holy…