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Wordwise Insight, Issue #120
August 14, 2014


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Is there a difference between a sinner's sins and a saint's sins?

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Christian Sin

(What if a Christian sins?)

QUESTION: If God has mercy on us and forgives us, why are there verses in the Bible that say we will be condemned if we commit a certain sin? Does it mean those who are not saved will be condemned? Or is it referring to everyone in general?

ANSWER: Thanks for the good questions. You don't mention any specific examples of verses that apply, so let me treat the questions by dealing with some broader truths.

Your first question seems to contain a logical contradiction. If we are forgiven, how can we also be condemned for sins that have been forgiven?

Let's back up a few steps, to lay a foundation. God is a God of righteousness, holiness and justice. "The Lord our God is holy [utterly separate and set apart from any sin or corruption]" (Ps. 99:9; I Jn. 1:5). And, as a holy God, He is "angry with the wicked every day" (Ps. 7:11).

Any failure to trust in and obey God is sin (Rom. 14:23; I Jn. 5:17). And all sin is bad, and deserving of eternal condemnation. "The wages of sin is death [eternal death, a separation from God forever]" (Rom. 6:23a; cf. Rev. 21:8). The unbeliever "shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (Jn. 3:36).

As to human beings (apart from the incarnate Son of God, who was "without sin," Heb. 4:15) "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). "There is none righteous, no, not one" (vs. 10). And in that condition, all are justly condemned. From the very beginning, the Lord has pledged that He must and will punish sin (Gen. 2:17).

On the other hand, there is ample evidence, in the Bible, of God's saving grace, His unmerited favour. No one is saved ...

(To read the remainder of the article, click on Christian Sin.)


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I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

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