1. From a Bible standpoint, who are said to be sinners?
“Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin,” John 8:34.
2. In what way does the apostle John speak of the same thing? “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law,” I John 3:4.
3. What is the Bible definition for the word sin?
“For sin is the transgression of the law,” I John 3:4.
4. Of what law is John speaking?
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous,” I John 5:3.
NOTE: By the above scriptures we learn that sin is the transgression of God’s law, which was written upon two tables of stone.
5. How far back in the history of the world, was sin the transgression of God’s law?
“And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him,” Genesis 4:8.
6. Are there then instances where the people committed sin by violating God’s law?
“There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware and sold on the Sabbath unto the children of Juda, and in Jerusalem. Then I contended with the nobles of Juda and said unto them. What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day?” Nehemiah 13:16, 17.
NOTE: By the above scriptures, we learn, that anciently it was sin to violate any of God’s commandments. Here we find the fourth, and sixth spoken of, as being sin to violate them.
As God is no respecter of persons, Acts 10:34, He will hold the violators of any of the ten precepts guilty of committing sin, since the “wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23.
7. In Leviticus what is sin said to be?
“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the Lord concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them,” Leviticus 4:2.
NOTE: The above scripture would imply that one should not violate any of the ten precepts.
8. Is this in harmony with James?
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point is guilty of all,” James 2:10.
9. Of what law is James speaking?
“For He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill, Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law,” James 2:11.
NOTE: James is talking of the ten precepts, written by God upon two tables of stone, and also, that one is guilty of sin when he violates any one of the ten.
10. How did Christ talk to the woman taken in adultery?
“She said, No man Lord, and Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: Go, and sin no more,” John 8:11.
NOTE: The words, “Go and sin no more,” would imply, that she had been committing sin, by violating the commandment which said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” see Exodus 20:14.
11. By what is the knowledge of sin?
“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin,” Romans 3:20.
12. By what did Paul gain a knowledge of sin?
“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet,” Romans 7:7. See also Exodus 20:17.
13. What is the strength of sin?
“The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law,” I Corinthians 15:56.
14. What does John say of unrighteousness? “All unrighteousness is sin,” I John 5:17.
15. What are the ten commandments declared to be?
“My tongue shall speak of Thy word; for all Thy commandments are righteousness,” Psalms 119:172.
NOTE: If all of God’s commandments are righteousness, as the Psalmist declares they are, then the opposite would be unrighteousness. Or in other words, if it is righteous not to kill, neither to take God’s name in vain, then one would be unrighteous if he would do those things. The same method will apply to each of the ten precepts, the Sabbath command included.
16. By obeying God’s law, in what condition will one be?
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple,” Psalms 19:7.