Instructions About Sin

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There are two main points to take from these instructions about sin that we can apply to us.

Avoid Sin

In these laws, we can see God’s attitude toward sin. He does not look favorably on sin and expects His people to strive avoid it. As Christians, we are to “consider [ourselves] to be dead to sin” (Romans 6:11) and strive to “be perfect, as [our] heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). We are not to have the attitude of the Romans who thought they could “continue in sin so that grace [would] increase” – Paul explicitly condemned that mentality since Christians have “died to sin” and must not “still live in it” (Romans 6:1-2). Some today are like those that Jude warned about – “ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality” (Jude 4, NIV). We are not to take God’s grace as permission to sin but as a call to repudiate sin (cf. Titus 2:11-12).

Be Distinct from the World

Just as the children of Israel were to be distinct from the nations around them, we must be distinct from the world. Paul said we must “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind” (Romans 12:2). He told the brethren in Corinth, “‘Come out from their midst and be separate,’ says the Lord, ‘And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you’” (2 Corinthians 6:17). Just as the Israelites were called to be holy (19:1-2), we as Christians must be also. Peter wrote, “But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15-16).

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