Serving The King
Seeking The Kingdom 
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Seeking The Kingdom  -  Sin, Sin, Sin

At the start of His ministry Jesus message was the need to repent because the Kingdom was at hand. So, what did the hearers of Jesus need to repent of? They needed to repent of their sins. They needed God’s forgiveness in order to have their sins dealt with in God’s way. The presence of the Kingdom demands a repentance from sin. The Kingdom does not tolerate sin and as such, sin has to be dealt with, sin cannot be ignored. This leads on to the question “What is sin?”

  • Do not murder.
  • Do not commit adultery.
  • Do not steal.
  • Do not lie.

Yes, these all relate to sin but what actually is sin? Sin is certainly much broader than just murder, adultery, theft and lies. Sin is far more widespread than perhaps we think!


The Greek word translated as sin has as its root meaning the idea of failure, fault, guilt as well as sin. For most people the concept of sin is one of doing something wrong – and that is correct, but inadequate. The Greek word also includes the concept of failure to do something! Thus, sin is not just doing wrong things but also the failure to do the right things. This then opens up a vast spectrum of items that are sin. In fact, the failure to do the right things might well be the major share of our sins, and the doing of the wrong things constitutes only a much smaller portion of our sins. The difference is often referred to by ‘sins of commission and sins of omission’. Let me quote a little verse, usually attributed to Stephen Grellett (1773-1855):

I shall pass through this world but once.

Any good thing therefore that I can do,

Or any kindness that I can show,

To any fellow creature, let me do it now.

Let me not defer nor neglect it,

For I shall not pass this way again.

The neglecting to show kindness or goodness is a sin of omission; often the deferring is also a sin of omission.


Yet the book "The Kingdom" goes on to show that there is yet a third level of sin that is even more common than the sins of commission or omission.



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Sin, Sin, Sin