Sin is . . .
("The Lamb of God!" James Hamilton, 1814-1867)
"Is not your wickedness great? Are not your sins endless?" Job 22:5
Man is made up of divers lusts and passions! Pride, ambition, envy, vanity, resentment, anger, covetousness, immorality, cruelty—these and many evil appetites and emotions besides, flow through all his nature in fierce and malignant currents, and are his very being's poisoned blood and fevered pulse! They break out . . .
in oaths and curses,
in fightings and violence,
in debauchery and orgy;
in spoken falsehood and acted lies,
in words of lewdness and deeds of shame!
Sin is . . .
earth's great burden,
humanity's deforming blot,
the enemy of God,
the transgressor of His law,
the great soul-poison and heart-plague,
the only thing which really defiles man,
pollution, misery, guilt,
the only thing to which we can give, in its fullest sense, the emphatic name of evil.
Jesus could not look on sin without abhorrence. The sight of that cursed thing which had insulted His heavenly Father and filled a happy world with woe and horror, kindled His zeal and revenge; and while the Lamb's gentleness encouraged the sinner, the Lion's fury still flashed upon the sin.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord!" Romans 6:23