In Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Sin is mentioned 400 times in the Bible, starting with the original sin when Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge, Sin is mentioned so many times because the Bible considers it a very serious problem. Often sin is simply the violation of any of God's laws, the Ten Commandments.
Sin is a universal human problem. It’s something we all do. But have you ever stopped to ask why? Why can’t we make a decision not to sin and then never again disobey God?
What is Sin?
Sin Is to fail to adhere to the righteous standards God has set for us. Paul expressed the same concept, lamenting that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans3:23, emphasis added throughout. Through His Word, God reveals the proper standards for our behavior. When we fall short of those standards, we sin.
Paul knew that sin “dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find” (Romans7:16-18). We have limited natural ability to properly live up to the right standards and values. We repeatedly fall short of the honorable conduct God expects of us.
We sin, because of something that dwells in us, in our flesh. Jesus identifies the most significant characteristic of the “flesh,” or our nature, that causes sin. “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew26:41). It is the weakness of the flesh that gives birth to sin.
Jesus explained that we may be willing-have the desire-to do what is right, yet we fail because our resolve is weak; our flesh is susceptible to temptation. We capitulate to sin when inappropriate enticements are sufficiently appealing. What is the nature of our “flesh” (our physical existence, including our mind) that makes us so weak, that stimulates us to cave into those desires?
How can we be saved?
There is but one way a person can be saved from sin and that is to repent and confess sins and then putting trust in Christ to save them. No one can ever out-sin the work of Christ on the cross. The blood of Christ covers every sin ever committed. Only the sin of unbelief cannot be forgiven if when Christ comes a person has not asked to be saved by the only name given to us to be saved and that is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
There is no other possible way.