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“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.and does not do it,”


and does not do it,

They knew God’s will (4:14-16), but they refused to do His will.  They knew dependence on the will of God in all business plans is a major operating principle of God, but they declined to depend on Him. 

to him it is sin

Once we admit to knowing that we must depend on God in everything we do and then not do it — that is sin

Jn 15:22, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

We cannot plead ignorance of God’s will if we do not do it.  It is a sin pure and simple.  We know that we must submit all our business plans to God’s sovereign will.  Not to do this is a sin, for it is a sin to fail to acknowledge God’s place in our lives.  We cannot take sanctuary in ignorance of this principle.  This sin of omission is as wrong as a sin of commission. 

This is a sin of omission, not a sin of commission.  However, sins of omission initiate some sins of commission.  Neglect of God’s will is a sin because it discounts His sovereign right over everything.  When we acknowledge God’s right over our lives, we affirm His sovereignty over all creation. 


Knowledge of God’s principles implies the responsibility to apply truth to experience.


The Christian life revolves around understanding the principles of God’s Word and applying them to experience.