Sin is the transgression of the law of God (1 John 3:4). The Bible says that whoever breaks one law is guilty of breaking all of them (James 2:10). Sin is an intrusion into a forbidden area—an overstepping of the divine boundary between good and evil. The Bible classifies us all as sinners and says that all are under sin (Gal. 3:22).
Iniquity is another word for sin. Iniquity refers to our corrupt nature, from the inside out. Jesus said, "For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander" (Matt. 15:19, NIV).
Sin is also described as a trespass—unlawfully going where we shouldn't. Sin is feeding selfishness instead of submitting to divine authority.
Instead of making God the center of our lives, we make self the center of our lives. Our supreme motive and supreme rule is putting self in God's place. This is what happened with Satan. This is what happened with Adam and Eve and everyone who has lived since. We trespass against God when we depend on self-sufficiency instead of practicing faith in God, self-will instead of submission to God, and self-seeking instead of serving God.
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