Examples of People who sinned in the Bible, Famous People who have sinned in the Bible, List of People who sinned in the Bible – Encouraging Bible Verses & Scripture Quotes. Famous People who sinned in the Bible include King David, Apostle Paul (formerly known as Saul of Tarsus), Apostle Peter (Peter the Disciple), Rahab the Prostitute, and The Prodigal Son. As we explore these examples from the Bible, we are reminded about how much God loves and cherishes every single one of us – baggage and all! These people all committed “very bad” sins, but God forgave them all and used them for his glory. God’s mercies, grace and loving kindness are amazing! Nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate us from God’s love. Do you think you’ve sinned too much for God to forgive you? Nothing could be further from the truth. God wants to forgive you. God is always willing to give us a second chance. God wants to have a personal relationship with you, and use you for His glory. Today’s post is Part 2 of the 3 part series “Am I too bad for God”? Includes a list of people who sinned in the Bible, but were forgiven, redeemed, and used mightily by God.
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Romans 3:23, ESV For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 15:57, NLT But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. Related: Bible Verses about Second Chances;
Examples of Imperfect People God used in the Bible
(List of People who sinned in the Bible just like you and me, but were forgiven, redeemed, and used by God).
5 Examples of People who sinned in the Bible
#1 King David: Committed sins of adultery, deception, and murder in the story of David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11 & 12). David repented, asked God for forgiveness, and God forgave him of his sin. God went on to use him mightily, to the glory of His name.
2 Samuel 12: 13, ESV David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
Psalm 51:1-4, NIV Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.
(“A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.”)
Psalm 51:7-9, NIV Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
Psalm 51:10-12, ESV Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:13-17, ESV Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
#2 Apostle Paul (formerly “Saul of Tarsus”): Murdered, Harassed, and Persecuted Christians in the early Church. Saul had a dramatic encounter with God on the road to Damascus, repented, and God forgave him of his sins. The entire story of Saul’s Conversion is in Acts 9. After Saul’s conversion, be became known as Paul. Apostle Paul was not perfect, but he became an extremely useful tool in God’s hands, teaching, growing, inspiring and encouraging the early church. He went on to write much of the New Testament and continues to be a blessing to believers even today.
Acts 9:4-5, ESV And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
1 Timothy 1:12-13, NLT I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief.
2 Corinthians 7:1, NLT Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.
#3 Apostle Peter (Peter the Disciple): Denied Jesus three times, and failed many times (just like us). He had faith and walked on water. He received divine revelation that Jesus Christ was the son of God (Matthew 16:16-17), but turned around and became an adversary (speaking for the devil), trying to prevent Jesus from fulfilling His mission. Thus, Jesus had to rebuke him (Matthew 16:22-23). Even after all this, Peter was used mightily by God to encourage, teach, heal, minister to, lead and grow the early church. He wrote books in the New Testament, and His writings continue to help us Christians grow today.
Matthew 16:23, ESV But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
Mark 14:66-72, ESV And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
#4 Rahab the Prostitute: Rahab was a Prostitute. Despite her sketchy background, she was used by God in mighty ways. She demonstrated great faith and helped the people of God. She is listed in the “Hall of Faith”, and she is listed in the direct lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5).
Hebrews 11:31, ESV By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
James 2:24-26, ESV You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
#5 The Parable of the Prodigal Son – An Illustration of God’s Mercy, Love, Compassion & Forgiveness
Summary: The prodigal son demanded his share of the family esate, left home and squandered all his money. He “came to his senses” and returned home, hoping his father would accept him back as a servant. His father “saw him from afar”, ran to meet him and embraced him, celebrating his return. This is an illustration of God’s love, compassion, forgiveness and mercy ~ How much God loves us and welcomes us back.
Luke 15:17-19, NIV When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’
Luke 15:20, NIV So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
Luke 15:7, NIV I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Romans 8:38-39, ESV For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Bible Verses about Repentance & God’s Forgiveness, Confession of Sins
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To catch up on Part 1 & 3 of this 3 Part Series, please visit:
Part 1 => Am I too bad for God? Am I too bad to be saved?
Today’s Post, “Examples of People who sinned in the Bible”, is Part 2.
Part 3 => Bible Verses about Blasphemy – Have I Blasphemed the Holy Spirit?
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