Sinrefers to an offense committed against a moral or a religiousteaching (Doublas 38). According to the book of Romans, a person isguilty of sins when he/she violates the commandments of God. Theword sin appears severally in the book of Romans, which stresses thesignificance of the term. Romans 3:20 indicate that the law is theknowledge of sins. In Romans 7:7 Paul stated that he had not knownsin, but he knew it through the law. Among the things that distancepeople from God are malignity, unrighteousness, deceit, fornication,debate, wickedness, murder, and the like according to Romans 1:29-31and these constitute sin. Sin affects the lives of people by makingthem sinners as stated in Roman 5:8. Furthermore, sin turns peopleinto slaves by becoming the servants of sin (Romans 6:16). Throughsin, people become enemies of God (Romans 5:10).
Salvationrefers to the state in which people get delivered from sin, andChristians believe that salvation comes chiefly from God (Doublas46). The book of Romans gives the reasons why people deservesalvation, the ways through which salvation can be provided, why aperson should receive salvation and the benefits of salvation. Romans3:23 indicates that all people have sinned and they lack the glory ofGod. This is an indication that everyone deserves salvation. Peopledo the things that are pleasing to themselves but displeasing to theAlmighty God, which calls for salvation. Romans 10:9 outlines thatpeople can only get salvation by confessing that Jesus is the Lordand Savior, and trusting in their hearts that He was raised from thedead to bring salvation to humankind. Also, Romans 10:13 says thatwhoever will call upon the name of the Lord will receive salvation.Romans 6:23 promises the entire gift from God as a result ofsalvation to be the eternal life which will be received through JesusChrist. Another benefit of receiving salvation according to Romans8:1 is the lack of condemnation for those who are in Christ.
Sanctificationis the process by which God frees man from the power of sin. Itbrings out God’s righteousness through man. Sanctification hasthree aspects which are positional, progressive, and ultimatesanctification. Positional sanctification is the state of holinessthat people acquire the moment they become converted to Christians.Progressive sanctification refers to activities that people carry outin their daily lives through which they get conformed to the image ofChrist. This aspect insists of behaving like Christians andabandoning the old habits that are ungodly such as gossiping, tellinglies, among others. People are expected to adopt new behaviors andqualities like being truthful, merciful, and honest. Ultimatesanctification is the holiness that is not achievable in the physicallife, but in God’s presence. According to Romans 6, people aresupposed to practice progressive sanctification since positionalsanctification was achieved by crucifying Jesus Christ on the cross.According to Romans 8:13 the Holy Spirit is the agent ofsanctification and subdues sinful desires replacing them with theright ones.
Sovereigntyrefers to a state of having supreme powers. God is the sovereignpower in salvation according to the book of Romans. This implies thatsinners cannot run away from God because He is always the first insalvation issues. Also, God’s grace is sovereign. God gives graceto those that He wishes and takes away His Grace from those that Heis angry with (Romans 11:34-36).
Servicerefers to the work that is performed by one person to benefitanother. Service to other people is a sign of righteousness accordingto Paul, and it shows commitment to God. Paul urges believers tooffer their bodies as living sacrifices to God through serving Him sothat they can receive God’s mercy (Romans 12:1). Paul stated thatChristians should offer reasonable services to God. The expectedoutcome after offering a living sacrifice to God is blessings. People who serve God are given the ability to know God’s will.
Paul’sStatement on Sin
Paulstated that people are not supposed to die in sins and still live init. Romans 6:1-2 asks on what people will say on whether to continuesinning so that grace may not abound and how a person can die in sinand continue living in it. Paul said that people should not beenslaved to sin. Romans 6:6 indicate that the old self was crucifiedwith Jesus Christ to take away the body of sin so that people willnot be slaves to sin. Paul further insisted that those who have diedare free from sin, according to Romans 6:7. Also, he tells peoplethat they must consider themselves as individuals who have died tosin but are alive to God through Jesus Christ according to Romans6:11. Paul stated that sin should not have dominion over man since heis not under the control of law but the influence of grace asmentioned in Romans 6:14. Furthermore, Paul thanked God fordelivering people who were once handicapped by sin, but now they areobedient to the teachings they committed themselves to as outlined inRomans 6:17. Paul said that when people get unchained from the sin,they become enslaved to righteousness according to Romans 6:18.Besides, Paul outlined the benefits of being free from sin as gettingfruits that bring to sanctification and eternal life. Paul statedthat all sins are equal, and there is no degree of sin. He said thatan individual who commits the smallest sin on earth is equivalent toa person who commits serious crimes such as murder. He argued thatsinners are in distressed situations that require genuine help.Moreover, he said that people find it difficult to accept that Godrecognizes them as sinless when they receive salvation.
Impactof Paul’s Statement on my Worldview
Theway Paul has explained sin impacted on my Christianity worldview onsin by making me understand that no sin is bigger than the other.Initially, I thought that God will judge people according to thedegree of their sins, but from the lessons from Paul, all sins areequal and will attract the same penalty of death. Also, sin canenslave someone. This means that people can suffer in the worldmerely because sin entangles them. When people get saved, Godconsiders them as sinless when God forgives people, He forgets allthe sins that they had committed before they received salvation. Aperson must be saved to be free from sins and be able to make a trueChristian. Therefore, the statements from Paul provides a challengeas to whether I have all it takes to be a Christian.
Doublas,Gregory M. Sinand Salvation: A Biblically Based Illumination of the Consequences ofSin and How We Can Be Saved!Placeof publication not identified: Xulon Press, 2011. Print.