How should we define Sin?

How should we define Sin?

Two realities situate and define sin in Scripture: First, the goodness of God’s original creation, and second, the lengths to which God is willing to go in order to address the problem of sin, to return man to a spiritual condition in which he will again obediently and eagerly glorify God, and indeed, enjoy him forever. As sin can only be known for what it is in the context of a sense of the creational order (however dimly perceived by the fallen mind) and our sense of loss and fracture, likewise the true nature of sin as the enemy of man’s relationship to God is most clearly displayed in God’s redemptive work in Jesus Christ.

Michael Williams How should we define Sin?,
Far as the Curse is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption.
(Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing Company, 2005), 75.

About Michael

An adult convert to the Christian faith, Dr. Williams was a professor of theology at Dordt College for six years before joining Covenant Seminary’s faculty in 1996.

Dr. Williams has a strong reputation among Reformed and evangelical theologians for his work in biblical and systematic theology, and brings his experience as a youth pastor to bear on his teaching.

Dr. Wiliams has written particularly in the areas of the nature of theology and theological method, and history. His publications include This World Is Not My Home: The Origins and Development of Dispensationalism, Why I Am Not an Arminian (with colleague Robert A. Peterson), and Far as the Curse is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption.

Dr. Williams and his wife, Jackie, have two sons.

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