Types of Sin

There are many aspects to sin that the Bible speaks of such as imputed sin or personal sin. Some concepts are implied such as original sin or inherited sin. What are these terms describing? How are they different?

1. Original Sin. Carefully study the following two passages and list all of your observations. Share your conclusion based on your data.

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Gen 2:16-17, NKJV)

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Gen 3:6, NKJV)

2. Imputed Sin. Carefully study 1 Corinthians 15:21-22. Review the two passages of question #1 and share your findings with the class.

For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. (1 Cor 15:21-22, NKJV)

3. Inherited Sin. Examine Psalms 51:5. Ask questions to help sharpen your skill in observation.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me. (Ps 51:5, NKJV)

4. Personal Sin. From your observation of Ezekiel 18:20, what do you learn of this type of sin?

The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. (Ezek 18:20, NKJV)

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