What Is A Sinner?


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Luke 15:10 “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The word sinner is much like the word wicked, it paints a picture in our mind of someone who is evil. I can remember back in my Junior High years in study hall that the guy sitting beside me asked me if I thought that his grandmother, who was great to him, baked cookies, and never did anything wrong, was a sinner. I did my very best to explain what I knew then. Just as hard as it was then, many still have a difficult time explaining what a sinner looks like.

The easy definition is anyone who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their saviour. But, what does the word sinner mean?

Whether we go back to the root word in the Greek or the Hebrew it is still the same. The word means to miss the mark, or go the wrong way. Although, in the Hebrew it is not from the same word as wicked, they have similar meanings. Wicked is to have no direction. But a sinner can have the directions and yet go the wrong way. This does not imply anyone making a mistake. A sinner will attempt to be their own guide.

Paul well defined sin or sinner in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It does not have to be a blaten attempt to be wrong. Even some of the best intentions are wrong. Therefore, we need the help that Jesus offers.

Jesus understood this definition very clearly when He said that no one can get to the Father except through Him.

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One Response

  1. James said in James 4:17 ” So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
    A sinner, then, is one who knows the right thing to do, and doesn’t do it. In our language to not do right in whatever situation is called rebellion. The example is Adam and Eve knowing to eat of the forbidden fruit would be rebellion. Sin is knowing God’s way, (right) and not doing it, no matter how “good” it seems to us. All sin is rebellion. Jesus’ death on the cross removed the curse of the debt owed by our rebellion, which is removed by our faith and trust in Him, but also places upon us the responsibility to remain “unrebellious” by our obedience to Him.

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