Jesus' Relationship to
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness,
and sin is lawlessness.
5 And you know that He was manifested to take
away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. (NKJ)
This message was preached February 24, 2002 at FBC Toulon, by
Albert Harmon. See it at toulonbaptist.com
There are three very important concepts in this
passage. They are closely related to one another. John talks quite a
bit about sin. And in this passage he continues the
All three of these concepts are also linked
together. They depend upon one another. If you deny anyone of them
the others fall as well.
- We are sinners in need of a Savior.
- Now there is not a need to belabor the
point but to simply lay down a few facts.
- Lawlessness is sin.
- That is the breaking of the laws
- God has set forth the standard by
which He expects us to live.
- We have broken that law.
- The ten commandments.
- the death penalty was
- there was no parole or even a
- We have broken the two greatest
- We fall short of living by the
sermon on the mount.
- The meaning of the word sin is to
miss the mark.
- We do not love Him as He
- We do not honor Him as He
- Our worship is so feeble and
- Our sin separates us from God.
- Deut 31:16-18 16 And the LORD said to
Moses: "Behold, you will rest with your fathers; and this
people will rise and play the harlot with the gods of the
foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them, and
they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made
with them. 17 "Then My anger shall be aroused against them
in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My
face from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils
and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in
that day, 'Have not these evils come upon us because our God
is not among us?' 18 "And I will surely hide My face in that
day because of all the evil which they have done, in that
they have turned to other gods. (NKJ)
- Sin makes us unfit for heaven and
fellowship with Him.
- 1 Cor 6:9-10 9 Do you not know that
the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not
be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves,
nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners
will inherit the kingdom of God. (NKJ)
- Ps 9:17 The wicked shall be turned
into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
- Jesus' purpose in coming to earth was to
take away our sin.
- Rom 5:6 For when we were still without
strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
- Gal 1:3-4 Grace to you and peace from
God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for
our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age,
according to the will of our God and Father, (NKJ)
- Heb 9:24-28 24 For Christ has not
entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of
the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence
of God for us; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as
the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with
blood of another- 26 He then would have had to suffer often
since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of
the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of
Himself. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but
after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear
the sins of many. To those who eagerly (NKJ)
- 1 Pet 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in
His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might
live for righteousness-- by whose stripes you were healed.
- Isa 53:5-6 But He was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the
chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we
are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned,
every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the
iniquity of us all. (NKJ)
- Matt 20:27-28 "And whoever desires to be
first among you, let him be your slave- "just as the Son of Man
did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a
ransom for many." (NKJ)
- Matt 26:28 "For this is My blood of the
new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
- Rom 3:24-25 being justified freely by
His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom
God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to
demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God
had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
- 1 Cor 6:19-20 Or do you not know that
your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom
you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were
bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in
your spirit, which are God's. (NKJ)
- 1 Cor 15:3 For I delivered to you first
of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our
sins according to the Scriptures, (NKJ)
- 2 Cor 5:21 For He made Him who knew no
sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of
God in Him. (NKJ)
- Titus 2:13-14 our great God and Savior
Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us
from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special
people, zealous for good works. (NKJ)
- Heb 9:12 Not with the blood of goats and
calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place
once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
- Rev 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the
faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler
over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us
from our sins in His own blood, (NKJ)
- Jesus has no sin in Him.
- Jesus was able to stand and ask if
anyone could accuse Him of any sin.
- John 8:46 "Which of you convicts Me
of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?
- Would you like to try
- He knew no sin so that He might take
away our sin.
- 2 Cor 5:21 For He made Him who knew
no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the
righteousness of God in Him. (NKJ)
- He was tempted but never sinned.
- Heb 4:15 For we do not have a High
Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in
all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
- Not like the OT priest who must first
make a sacrifice for themselves and then for the people.
- Heb 7:26-28 26 For such a High Priest
was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled,
separate from sinners, and has become higher than the
heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests,
to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for
the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered
up Himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who
have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after
the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.
- In this His sacrifice was pure, without
blemish or spot.
- 1 Pet 1:19 but with the precious
blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without
- Although He was mistreated He never
struck back but committed Himself to God.
- 1 Pet 2:22-23 "Who committed no sin,
nor was deceit found in His mouth"; who, when He was
reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did
not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges
The point that John is making here is that if
Jesus died for us to take away our sin, then we should not
Contrary to popular opinion, sin is not what
you want to do but can't; it is what you should not do because it
will hurt you--and hurt you bad. ... God is not a policeman; He is a
Father concerned about His children. When a child picks up a snake
and the father says, "Put that down right this minute!" the child
thinks he's losing a toy. The fact is, he is not losing a toy; he is
losing a snake. -- Steve Brown in Key Life (July-August 1994).
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