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February 5th, 2014 | Filed Under: Author, Mitch Kuhn, Q and A, Sin2 Comments | Author:

Hi B_____,

I always enjoy answering questions. It helps my understanding grow as well. Thanks for asking.

Here is the definition of the word for sin in the Greek.

ἁμαρτάνω hamartanō ham-ar-tan’-o
Perhaps from G1 (as a negative particle) and the base of G3313; properly to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), that is, (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin: – for your faults, offend, sin, trespass.

It literally means to miss the mark. Like in archery, the goal is to hit the center of the target; if you miss then you have “sinned”. We have all missed the target and fallen short of God’s glory.

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Paul says that he is pressing towards the mark (goal) that be might obtain the prize.

(Php 3:13 KJV) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
(Php 3:14 KJV) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

It does not matter how much you know or don’t know about God’s law, missing the mark is missing the mark. If two men are in an archery contest and one is shooting towards the mark and one is shooting the opposite direction, the man that hits the target gets the prize. Ignorance is not an excuse. The scriptures make this clear.

Lev 5:17 If a person sins, and commits any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD, though he does not know it, yet he is guilty and shall bear his iniquity.

David speaks of being cleansed from secret faults. He cannot discern his own faults and asked to be cleansed from what is kept secret from him, which implies that they are still faults/sins.

Psa 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
Psa 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous (prideful) sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

Paul tell us that the Gentiles, who do not have the law, are still guilty because of their own laws and conscience.

(Rom 2:14 KJV) For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
(Rom 2:15 KJV) Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Your husband’s family may be “good” according to the world’s standard, but they violate their own conscience. If you ever have an honest conversation with them about the topic, they’ll have to admit that they have their own standards of behavior and have violated that standard and been convicted in their conscience.

So, there is plenty of evidence for every person in the world to be convicted that they have done things that are wrong, which is deserving of judgement. We know that this judgement is going to save all men in due time through the lake of fire as you mentioned.

God does deal with us differently based upon the knowledge that we have been given. The more we know, the greater the judgement when we do what is sinful.

(Luk 12:47 NKJV) And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
(Luk 12:48 NKJV) But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

We will all be held to the same standard in the end, perfection, but there is an order in which each of us are chastened to meet the standard. The elect come first and then the rest.

We continue in sin when we know what to do, because we are still a work in progress. We have a down-payment of the Spirit that is growing daily, Lord willing.

(Php 3:12 NKJV) Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
(Php 3:13 NKJV) Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
(Php 3:14 NKJV) I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

This is a part of dying daily.

(1Co 15:31 NKJV) I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

However, once we have the knowledge that something is sinful, we are the servant that will be beaten with many stripes and held to the stricter judgment.

(Heb 10:26 NKJV) For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
(Heb 10:27 NKJV) but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

Willful disobedience is really just another way of saying that we’ve got a lascivious spirit. It’s still caused of God, but in our experience we are not resisting with all the strength we have been given. The only thing we have to look forward to is judgment because we know that it is sin.

There is a time that we know what to do, but simply lack the strength to do it. This is a very humbling situation that makes us cry out for deliverance. Crying out for deliverance is good, but saying that sin is no big deal and just letting it remain will result in certain judgment.

Here in Romans 7 Paul describes his own experience of lacking the strength to overcome for a season.

(Rom 7:18 NKJV) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
(Rom 7:19 NKJV) For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.
(Rom 7:20 NKJV) Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
(Rom 7:21 NKJV) I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.
(Rom 7:22 NKJV) For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.
(Rom 7:23 NKJV) But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

When we are in Babylon we are in bondage to sin. Coming out of Babylon is a process that involves much more than just leaving our Church and learning some basic doctrines.

(Rev 18:2 NKJV) And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
(Rev 18:3 NKJV) For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

The unclean and hateful birds are evil spirits that the Lord has sent to trouble us and seek occasions against our flesh. These evil spirits will manifest in our life in various different ways and cause us to cry out for deliverance and wage diligent spiritual warfare.

We go through different seasons fighting sin in our lives. At times we just don’t have the strength to resist and must cry out for help. At other times the strength is present and we just don’t use it. This too is a lascivious and lazy evil spirit that must be dealt with.

(Heb 12:4 NKJV) You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

Often times we are just not putting forth enough effort. We’re not using the gift of faith and strength God has already given us. I know that this sounds like free will, but it’s not. I’ll explain more as I answer question #3.

These two studies will help you with overcoming:

Mike was likely referring to these verses in James.

(Jas 1:13 NKJV) Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
(Jas 1:14 NKJV) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
(Jas 1:15 NKJV) Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

God himself does not tempt anyone. That’s like saying that a workman does not drive nails into the wood, the hammer does. Let’s look at how God works:

He creates evil.

(Isa 45:7 KJV) I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

He also created the tempter, Satan.

(Job 26:13 KJV) By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

(Isa 54:16 KJV) Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

He also gave us marred sinful flesh that is temptable.

(Jer 18:4 KJV) And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

(Rom 8:20 KJV) For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

With that foundation let’s look at this verse again:

(Jas 1:14 NKJV) But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

Where does “our own desire” come from? God created us with it. And where does the tempter come from? God made him too and tells him what to do.

So now to answer your question… “is it our choice to overcome the desire to sin?”

If we desire to over come, where does that come from? It’s certainly not of ourselves because there is nothing good that dwells in us and no one seeks after God on his own.

(Rom 3:10 KJV) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
(Rom 3:11 KJV) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
(Rom 3:12 KJV) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

The only way we come to Christ is to be dragged.

(Joh 6:44 KJV) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw (drag) him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Now when you find yourself dealing with a particular sin that you know is wrong and you have been given the desire to overcome that sin, you must then resist and fight with all the strength you have. It will feel like work, you will feel like you are working out your own salvation, because you are.

(Php 2:12 KJV) Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
(Php 2:13 KJV) For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

But WHY are you working out your own salvation, because God is causing you to work it out. So you see we can experience making choices and putting forth effort, but we know that it God giving us the ability and motivation to do it. Therefore we can work with all of our heart knowing that all glory goes to God.

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

(Isa 42:8 KJV) I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

(Psa 115:1 KJV) Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.

This is not free will because our will is not free. Everything is caused. If your heart is hard, you will not be able to understand the truth, nor have any ability to resist sin. If God wants you to over come, then he knows exactly what thoughts he must put in your mind and all the other factors required to make it happen. When it is your time to overcome, you will overcome.

(1Jn 4:4 KJV) Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

The carnal mind is very deceptive and lascivious and will be tempted to use God’s sovereignty as an excuse to not be diligent and work with all of our strength to overcome, so beware of that lying spirit. If you know what to do, do it with all of your God given ability.


(Heb 10:26 NKJV) For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
(Heb 10:27 NKJV) but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

The bad fruit will continue to pile up in our life and the judgement will become harsher and harsher until we are sufficiently afflicted to cry out for deliverance. We will be the servant beaten with many stripes at this point.

I hope this is helpful to you,

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  • Lester Bernet

    Your ability to answer questions in a straight and factual manner is very inspiring to me. I hope God will continue to bless you with this talent. Thank you..

  • MitchellKuhn

    Thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate the encouragement.