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              Sin or sins?


From God's perspective a person is "in Sin" or he is not "in Sin".  It is your status with God, a state of being unrighteous or righteous.  If you are Born Again then you are entirely righteous and you are not "in Sin".  If you are not Born Again, then you are "in Sin".

Your sins are individual acts or thoughts that violate The Law of God.  Romans 4:15 says for where no law is, there is no transgression.  Where there is a law, if you violate that law, you have sinned.  You "miss the mark" or do not live up to the high standard that God sets.  His standard is perfection.  Everyone sins.  Romans 3:23 says  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.  Even Born Again people sin, daily.  You and I cannot meet God's standard of perfection.  That is why we need a Savior.  Jesus did not commit a single sin.  He lived a perfect life. 

Imagine there are two countries. one country is named "in Sin" and the other country is named "Righteous".  Now imagine a person that lives in the "in Sin" country.  He lives out his daily life in that country.  He is prohibited by God from moving to the Righteous country.  Let's say that the person is a "good" person.  He helps people.  He visits the sick.  He gives money to the poor.  Nevertheless, his good deeds cannot move him to the Righteous country.  If this person dies without becoming born again, he dies "in Sin" and cannot go to Heaven.

Now let's say that that person that is "in Sin" realizes he needs a a Savior and receives Jesus as his Savior (Romans 10:9).  He becomes Born Again.  In John 3:3 Jesus said "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."  A Born Again person cannot live in the country of "in Sin".  The reason for that is that God punished Jesus for our sins and when we accept Jesus as our Savior, we receive Jesus righteousness.  2 Corinthians 5:21 says For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  Jesus became Sin (singular) though He never committed an act of sin.  In our example, our Born Again person became righteous.  He is automatically, immediately and irrevocably moved to the country named Righteousness where he will live forever.  He can never return to the country of "in Sin".  Let's say that the person now commits a sin.  He is still righteous.  Romans 4:8 says Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.  God takes no account of his act of sin and does not hold it against him.  God is righteous be because He has punished Jesus a the cross for that act of sin.