Presumptuous Sin

As there are degrees of sin, there’s also more than one kind; the Psalmist asks God to keep him from presumptuous sin. (Ps 19:13) There’s mercy for sins of ignorance (Nu 15:28); God overlooks them (Ac 17:30), but not lives of willful (He 10:26-27) presumption. (Nu 15:30)

Presumption is being unwarrantedly, intrusively or impertinently bold; inexcusably forward; a readiness to presume in conduct or thought; knowingly thinking, saying and/or doing things without right or permission. Sin is the violation of God’s Law, Torah. (1Jn 3:4) Presumptious sin then is to willfully break God’s laws, or to take God lightly or for granted; it is to despise YHWH Himself (Lk 10:16), and it’s the worst kind of sin. (Ps 19:13)

Like the Psalmist, let’s run from presumptuous sin! As it dominates us we become slaves to darkness (2Ti 2:25-26); God’s children don’t live like this. (1Jn 3:6-8).

And like the Psalmist, while we’re running from presumption let’s acknowledge that God’s the only One who can restrain us and keep us back from it; if God doesn’t help us we’re all hopelessly wicked. (Is 64:6) But God is faithful (2Th 3:3) to help us become poor in spirit.

As we find ourselves becoming free of presumptuous sin, transformed, elect unto obedience and humility, this is the gift and grace of God (Ro 5:17): we’ve nothing to boast of (Ro 3:27) or take credit for (1Co 4:7), nothing to be proud of, nothing glory in. (1Co 1:29) Let’s rejoice … and only in God Himself. (Je 9:23-24)

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