Sin - What is sin?

After leaving the cult, I wondered about the concept of sin. What is sin? Is sin that bad? Here are some verses I found in trying to answer these questions about sin.

1Jn_3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
1Jn_5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

All Have Sinned

The Bible taught me that we all are sinners. I had believed that, but didn't know what sin was before. I couldn't understand what it meant that "We all have sinned" when I didn't know the definition of sin.

1Jn_1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

The Blood of Jesus Christ - Cleansing

What could I do about my sin? I found that this requires the blood of Jesus Christ to purge me from my sin.

1Jn_1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

This helped me to understand why John pointed out to his disciples that Jesus Christ was the lamb of God. The lamb of God was going to die and his blood shed for the cleansing of our sins. It was Jesus Christ who was going to take away all their sins (and mine).

Joh_1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

A brief overview of what I learned: Jesus Christ created heaven and earth (John 1:3), he has authority over all (John 13:3), he has given commandments (Matthew 5:22) and we have all broken at least one commandment (sinned) and disobeyed God (Romans 3:23). As a result, we are all sinners and in bondage to sin (John 8:34). Jesus Christ offered his holy, harmless, undefiled life once as a sacrifice to atone for our sins (Hebrews 7:26-27) to redeem us from sin (Titus 2:14) and if we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we will receive power, born again, (John 1:12) be redeemed, forgiven, reconciled to God, baptized by Jesus Christ in the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:11), have works that glorify God and enjoy eternity in heaven with Him.

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