Who is a Transgressor?

  First John 3:4 defines sin as transgression of the law, of course, meaning God's law. Other definitions are failing to do good (Jams 4:17); all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 5:17); and the violation of one's convictions (Rom. 14:23). We sin through ignorance, weakness and rebellion. However we sin, we are the loser.

  While all hardship is not due one's personal sins, nonetheless the way of the transgressor is hard (Proverbs 13:15). Even though he may enjoy many things in life, the ultimately wages of sin (Rom. 6:23) will be his to suffer. Multiple burdens will come upon him in this life because of his sins. While he may be forgiven of them, often the consequences have to be borne the rest of one's life.

  Satan would not have us to think transgression is all that bad. Sin can bring pleasure, fame, fortune, power and other things that people seek from life. But the warning given by Moses ought be heeded. "Be sure your sins will find you out" (Num. 32:23). If not in this life, surely they will in the next if unforgiven.