Will We Get Away With It? – Lesson Notes
(I John 1:8-10)
Introduction: All have sinned and fallen short (Rom. ).
* We put off repentance (Felix - Acts 24:25).
* We can never avoid the consequences of habitual sin (Heb. -13).
1. Habitual sin in the Bible.
* People have thought they could hide sin since the moment of Creation.
* Sin shames us (Adam & Eve – Gen. 3).
* II Kings 5 – Gehazi sinned and took money from Naaman. Also lied to Elisha. Gehazi struck w/leprosy for his sin (II
* Joshua 7 – Achan stole things that he had no right to and hid them in his tent. Was stoned for his sin (Josh. ).
* David – Got Bathsheba pregnant & killed Uriah her husband (II Sam. 11). Sorrow plagued him (II Sam. -11).
* Jonah thought he could hide from God (Jonah 1&2).
* Ananias & Sapphira thought they could keep back some money (Acts 5). They were struck dead (Acts 5:5&10).
* This behavior worse than leprosy! It tries God’s patience (II Peter 3:9). It is:
Folly (Prov. -18). Tragedy (Heb. -13 – desensitized). Dangerous – Should be delivered to Satan (I Cor. 5:5).
2. Christ’s teachings about sin.
* Joseph thought Mary had sinned. Ready to put her away. He was told what happened (Mt. ). Jesus would save
mankind (Mt. ).
* Jesus’ mission to seek & save the lost (Luke ).
* Some remarks misapplied. Woman taken in adultery (John 8:7). Many believe it’s wrong to judge. Not so!
- Christians should judge one another (I Cor. -13).
- Judgment must not be on appearance, but “righteous” (John ).
- Jesus hadn’t broken the Law of Moses. He pointed out His actions were no different than circumcising on the
- Jesus didn’t condone her sin. “Go and sin no more” (John ).
- Jesus revealed the crowd’s hypocrisy. Where was adulterous man? Both parties had to be charged (Lev. ).
- Laws of accusation not obeyed.
- Jesus had right to forgive sins however He wanted as long as He lived (Mark ).
* Some of His sayings are hard to understand.
- “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no excuse for their sin” (John
- Jesus didn’t say they were sinless, but that when He came, they had a choice: accept or reject Him.
- Stubborn Jews rejected Jesus and were held accountable (Matt. 22:5-7).
* Other teachings of Jesus teach the nature of sin.
- Sin is a master (Jn. ).
- The Truth will set us free (Jn. ).
- Sin is blinding (Jn. -41).
- Quiets our conscience (Heb. -13).
- Sin causes us to miss positive influences (Luke 8:12; Romans 1:20,21,24,26,28; 2:4-5).
* Some sayings on sin revealed His purpose in coming.
- The paralyzed man (Luke ). Was made whole.
- Woman who washed Jesus feet w/tears. Her sins were forgiven (Luke -48).
- Ate w/sinners. The sick need a doctor, not the healthy (Luke -32).
- Luke 15 – “lost” chapter. Jesus came to seek the lost (Luke ).
3. Why is sin so devastating?
* It separates us from God. Is transgression (disobedience) of the Law (I John 3:4).
* Only in Him do we have access to His blood’s cleansing power (I Cor. ; I Jn. 1:7).
* Matt. 26:28 – Jesus’ blood shed for our sins.
Take advantage of His blood today! Obey Him (Jn. ). Be baptized (