“What is the Difference Between “Trespasses” and “Sins”?

Ephesians 2:1 says that we were formerly dead in trespasses and sins.

What’s the difference between trespasses, and sins?

Trespasses and sins are really synonyms.

In the Bible, such words as “trespass”, “iniquity”, “offence”, “wickedness”, and “sin” all describe the same thing – rebellion against God.

Specifically, I John 3:4 says, “Whosoever committeth sin trangresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression against the law.”

And like “transgress”, the word “trespass” underscores that we are walking on a path that we ought not walk on. We are going down our own way rather than doing it Christ’s way. But it’s still a synonym for sin.

2 Comments on ““What is the Difference Between “Trespasses” and “Sins”?

  1. As a Christian, I believe Sin is against God and only Jesus can forgive our sins and Trespasses are agains are fellow man ( Brothers and Sisters since God is our Father ) which God can forgive ours and we can forgive others who trespass against us.

  2. I like that explanation. Even the model prayer says “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Matthew 6:12 says “forgive us our “debts” which is explained in verses 14 & 15 as trespasses.

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