What is Law, Sin, Iniquities, Trespasses, and Willful Sin?

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India

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1). Which law, or commandments, we obey not to Sin?

Sin is transgression of the law of God, which is any divine command; Or any violation of the will of God, either in purpose or in conduct; Or is moral deficiency in character, which is ungodliness. "1 John 3:4 ... sin is the transgression of the law." So, we must know what the law is, to find what sin is. An Indian life in India, is not under the law of America; and an American life in America is not under the law of India. Same way, a gentile or a pagan is not under the laws of Jews; and a Jew is not under the laws of gentiles or pagans. So, it is important to know who you are and whether the law is applicable to you or not. Christians are those who follow Christ; but they are not a race, a nation, a country, or any other group. Following Christ means, Christ is their head, and they are under him; and so, they must do what Jesus Christ tells them to do. They must repent for their sins as Jesus says in Matthew 4:17. "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." They must take water baptism as Jesus took and telling his followers to take. It is in Matthew 3:16 and 28:19. "Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: So, the water baptism was taken by immersing in the water. Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" They must believe that water baptism is needed to be saved as in Mark 16:16. "Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." They must obey the commandments of Jesus Christ as in Matthew 28:20. "20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: .." Those who are under these conditions are true Christians. But present situation is that whoever say that they are Christians are considered Christians. However, according to the bible, such Christians are under another Jesus, who is Satan. They have no law, and they have an anti-law deal with another Jesus namely, grace, which is a fake promise that Christians cling on. True Christians are under the commandments of Jesus Christ, but not under any other laws. So, they must obey God Jesus Christ to enter heaven as in Revelation 22:14. "14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city;" this city is heaven. If we apply all these to 1 John 3:4, we will get that "sin is the transgression of the commandments of Jesus Christ." Every true Christian will accept this. Whoever do not want to obey Jesus Christ is a religious Christian under another Jesus Christ.

2. Iniquity is violent mischief against our own people.

In English bible, iniquity is also one of the many words that are not self-explanatory; and so, we must depend on someone else to give us the meaning. In my language bible, the word iniquity is translated as violent mischief to do harm; so, we got the meaning. We may distinguish the difference between sin and iniquity with one simple method. Sin is not obeying the commandments of Jesus Christ. If we do violent mischief against our people, and if it is not mentioned among the commandments of Jesus Christ, it is iniquity. God tells us not to do iniquities. Iniquity is considered as less severe than sin. So, if God tells us not to do iniquity, which is less than a sin, God automatically tells us not to sin also. Acts 3:26 says, "God, ... sent his Son Jesus, to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." Sin is a lot bigger offence than iniquities. So, please notice that God Jesus Christ is even particular about even a lesser version of sins in us that is iniquities. And so, he wants us to be perfectly pure, that is, he wants us to be qualified to be the Sons of God, to be joint heirs with him in the kingdom of God. So, we may say that iniquity is a smaller sin. Even though God did not label it as sin, he tells us in many ways, that we must not do iniquities for our blessings.

3. Trespasses is petty breaches against our own people.

Trespasses are faults that happen between, brothers, friends, and close ones. They are small, yet people may keep grudge against each other; since they are sensitive about it. God says that we must forgive for such silly matters such as trespasses, if we desire to receive forgiveness from God for our sins, which are a lot more grievous than trespasses. God also says that if we do not forgive trespasses against others, he will not even forgive our trespasses, which are very small breaches, and then we will be certainly in trouble. So, we must forgive trespasses of others. Please bear in mind, God insists about trespasses, but not about criminality. God will be against criminals, he will destroy them, and he does not want you to have fellowship with criminals. However, let me give a couple of verses for guideline how to deal with trespasses. "Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him." So, the order to forgive is that you "rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him." It is always important to follow the instructions from the word of God, rather than doing things with our own impulses.

4. What is willful Sin and how severe is the punishment?

Jesus Christ not only gives us commandments, but he gives his grace, power, and Spirit so that we may overcome all temptations of the devil and walk as Jesus lived while he was a man. Further, as God, he has come to the world to turn us away from sins and iniquities, as in Acts 3:26, "26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." So, with the powers of Jesus Christ and by his presence, we can become perfect. If you have become a perfect person, Hebrews 10:26&27 belongs to you. "26 now if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." You are given the powers not to sin, and you know the truth of God. At this point, if you commit sin, you will be treated as Lucifer and Judas Iscariot. "Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." Here, these verses say the same thing. There is no use to fight the word of God with our silly arguments. So better be careful. Apostle Peter says in "2 Peter 2:20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." Here Peter confirms it with Hebrews. But so many so-called Bible scholars have made a fool out of themselves with these verses in order to please people. They deny these verses, twist them, give so many interpretations to them and fight against them to prove that these verses do not mean what they say. These men are ignorant and are servants of Satan, who is another Jesus. But the verses are not scary at all as it seems. God gives them enough power not to sin. So, they will not sin. In the new testament, only one person who has committed this particular sin that I know of, is Judas Iscariot. So, you don't have to be scared. Get the picture!

5. Perfected Christians have Power, Grace, and Spirit to Overcome.

So, sin of a true Christian is that whatever we do, by not obeying the commandments of Jesus Christ; iniquity is a violent mischief against others; and trespasses are silly insults or misbehaviors against each other. Willful sin is in a different category, and it will not apply to baby Christians, or growing Christians. It will apply only to mature Christians, who has become perfect, has experienced in the Spirit life, and have the power of God. If they went back desiring the pleasures of the world and of the flesh, God would not forgive their sins, and will treat them as enemies. But almost 100% of such persons will not fall into sin, since they have the power and the presence of God with them, all the time until the end. Jesus Christ tells his disciples in "Matthew 28:20, ... and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." So, be strong and have peace.

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