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1John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. The knowledge or understanding of sin is very vital in understanding the scriptures. We have said that the bible is not a dictionary where words have omnibus definition or usage. Every word in the scriptures is defined by the context of its usage.

Sin is therefore defined or explained by the context of its usage. It is the lack of contextual definition of sin that has made some people conclude that sin is dead and there is no sin in the world. Some also say a believer cannot sin. When they do something wrong, they call it a mistake but not a sin. These can be true or false depending on the context.

The opening text is one of the definitions of sin. In this context, sin is explained as the transgression of the law. This definition cannot be general because the bible says in Romans 5: 13, that, “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law”. This means that sin was in the world before the law. What the law came to do was to make sin known and imputable.

However, sin and the effect of sin was in the world before the law. The law of Moses was also called ‘the law of sin and death’. It is by this definition of sin that has made people say that there is no sin in the world or sin is dead. This is because the law of Moses was abrogated by the death of Jesus. It is in this context John said whosoever is born of God cannot sin.

This is true because Christ is the end of the law and in Christ, there is no law and for that matter no sin. Romans 7: 8 says, “But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead”. Therefore, in this context, nobody can be charged with sin because the law is dead and there is no law to transgress. We are not under the law of Moses; therefore, we cannot sin. we are born in Christ and in Christ, there is no law to transgress.


John 16: 8-9 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me. In the definition or explanation of sin, we said that context is very necessary. We cannot take one context of sin and apply it throughout the bible.

We have explained sin under the context of the law. We said that under that context, sin is the transgression of the law. However, before the law, sin was in the world. This leads us to another context of sin which was in the world before the law. Our opening text is another context of sin. This context is unbelief in Christ or the rejection of the gospel of Christ.

It is recorded in Romans 5: 12 that, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Adam was offered the choice of the tree of life which is symbolic of Christ or life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which is symbolic of unbelief or death.

Adam’s unbelief or rejection of Christ was the sin that brought death. Sin and death, therefore, were not God’s creation but the result of man’s choice. This sin of unbelief became a figure or example of the sin that brought death to all men.

Therefore, unbelief in Christ is sin. Faith in Christ is righteousness or justification. Condemnation or justification has always been based on faith in Christ.

Before the law, men were justified by faith. The law could not justify anybody. It condemned all. After the law, men are justified by faith. Anybody who has not believed on Christ is a sinner. Anybody who has believed on Christ is freed from sin. In this context, we can say the believer cannot sin because he has believed.

The unbeliever is still dead in sin. The believer cannot be charged with sin. The unbeliever is guilty of the sin of unbelief. We are freed from sin because we have believed on Christ. We have passed from death to life. We cannot be condemned.

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