If we desire to reclaim the integrity of Scripture we must allow Scripture to speak for itself. We cannot use man made definitions to define spiritual terms. Yahweh Elohim must speak for Himself through His word.
It is only in this way of approaching the Scriptures, with a fresh clean slate, apart from our preconceived theological biases, that we can begin to see the truth of what the Word of Elohim actually teaches.
Most evangelical preachers teach to start at the New Testament. However, I believe we must start at the beginning and any of our beliefs which do not line up with the totality of Scripture must be reworked in order that they do line up without any contradictions.
How did sin enter the World and death by sin?
Adam and Eve disobeyed the instructions the Yahweh Elohim gave them concerning eating of the fruit of a certain tree. So here we see that sin is the direct disobedience of Yahweh Elohim's instructions.
1Jn 3:4 Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
The Law could be said to be Torah. Torah is actually Yahweh's instructions to His people. We will see later the old and new covenants are actually the same however, it is the ratification of the covenant which is different.
1Sa 15:24 And Sha’ul said to Shemu’ĕl, "I have sinned, for I have transgressed the command of יהוה and your words, because I feared the people and listened to their voice.
Dan 9:11 "And all Yisra’ĕl have transgressed Your Torah, and turned aside, so as not to obey Your voice. So the curse and the oath written in the Torah of Mosheh the servant of Elohim have been poured out on us, for we have sinned against Him.
Rom 3:20 Therefore by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right before Him, for by the Torah is the knowledge of sin.1 Footnote: 1Ex. 20:20, Rom. 4:15, Rom. 7:7.
If it is the Torah which shows us what sin is, how in the world can we say it does not matter?
Jas 2:9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, being found guilty by the Torah as transgressors.
So people, sin is the transgression of the law. The law cannot, will not and never has been given to us for salvation. Salvation only comes through the atoning work of Yahshua Messiah on the stake for us.
So then, why do we observe Torah?
Joh 14:15 "If you love Me, you shall guard My commands.1 Footnote: 1See Ex. 20:6, vv. 21&23, 1 John 5:2-3, 2 John v. 6.
We follow the instructions for believers as an act of love for Yahweh Elohim and Yahshua Messiah. See also the Hebrew definition of Guard coming soon in another post.