Sin is hatred toward God, expressed in unbelief toward his promises and rebellion against his laws. The evil of sin consists of the wrong we commit against the One who is supremely great and good. We are motivated not to sin by love for God and the fear of God, both of which arise from knowing God through Jesus Christ.
Joel Beeke, born in Kalamazoo, MI, is a professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and a pastor at Heritage Reformed Congregation. When not engaged in academic rigor he enjoys talking and walking with his wife, family nights, and playing with his grandchildren.