Sin and Judgement
by: Bruce Cook
One day as the election approached, I was sitting and thinking. I started to think about the word sin, about the lies and smears that go on in political campaigns. Along with that I started to thinking about articles that I have written and shared with you such as Hell, Has America Gone to Far, The Hand Writing on the Wall, Love, Judgment Heaven or Hell and We Are At War.
We know that sin originated in the heart and mind of an angel, Lucifer, son of the morning. The sin was pride, a desire to be above God and sin brought Gods judgment. There was no sin before Lucifer. He became the devil, Satan. We need to understand the mind of God in reference to sin, and it can only be found in the scripture. We live in a permissive society. It is not popular to use the words, "sin, lost, eternally doomed or depraved," because these words are too strong for "good people." In the church, the bible class, the study of God's word we can never change the words of God to fit so called moral standards of society.
God loves the sinner and is willing to give him mercy, but God never loves sin and never justifies it. When a sinner repents and becomes a child of God, he is forgiven for having sinned and is declared justified. God will treat him as if he had never sinned. But the sin itself was never declared right. In the study of sin, the hardest thing to do is separate in our minds the sin from the sinner. Sin is to be hated and avoided - the sinner is to be loved and helped.
I know that this may not be a popular article but it's a needed one in our time. The truth of God always helps, even though it may hurt.
People must recognize the conflict between conscience and conduct. We have a natural tendency to go astray, and to think in an immoral way. There is an endless struggle to do good but evil is always present to try to distort and lead us astray. The conflict is real within the heart and mind. This is because something happened to the nature of man. It happened in the "fall of man" in Genesis 3. We are born with a sin nature. If you doubt this, then think about this question? Do you have to teach a child to do wrong? Just the opposite, you have to teach the child to do right. Jesus died to impart a new nature to all who believe.
People who do not understand the nature of sin are often offended when someone speaks of them as sinners. Their response is usually, well I'm a good person, I pay my debts, occasionally go to church, I'm good to my family and friends, I'm a good moral person. But you see the question is not "Goodness" the question is, have you been washed in the blood of the Lamb? He makes all who come to Him realize that there is no goodness in man. He becomes the source of spiritual awareness and the good things done are done for Him and His glory.
Once I had been working with a fellow all day and I had to take him out to lunch. He noticed the cross that I often wear and he asked me a couple of questions. During our discussion I told him that I like to write Christian articles for the internet. He proceeded to tell me that his wife is a devout Church member and how active she is in the church. He then proceeded to tell me that he didn't care much for the pastor of the church who had taken trips overseas spending money. He then said that the men meeting in the back outside the sanctuary to take up the offering would tell unclean jokes that had no place in the church. He said I figure that if these men are going to heaven then I think that I won't have any problem at all, because I'm a reasonably good person and that I will breeze right on in. Sadly this is modern day thinking.
Isaiah 14:12-14 tells us that sin originated with Satan. It entered the world through Adam.
Romans 5:12-13 says, “therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, so death spread to all man, because all sinned.
We find that sin is universal: Romans 3:23 says, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Galatians 3:23 "But the scripture has shut up all man under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
Some are fooled into thinking they never sin because they use a narrow definition of sin. Many today have been raised without a sense of guilt or shame. Guilt and shame come from feeling we have done wrong, but if we don't know what wrong is, we will not feel guilty about doing it. If you honor and obey God's commandments, and notice I didn't say suggestions, the blessings that flow from His throne will keep you in awe of His love. If you knowingly disobey or are indifferent to His spiritual laws, you are inadvertently bringing a variety of problems into your life and the lives of people closest to you. But know that you can turn the tide today. Jesus loves you and desires that none should perish but have ever lasting life.
Can you imagine what the world was like before God gave us the Ten Commandments? I believe that today we and our country are becoming like that. I wonder how many people today even know the Ten Commandments. If we do know them, do we know them in order? I admit that I knew them, but didn't score a hundred percent on the proper order. Let's take a look at them.
1. You shall have no other Gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself an idol.
3. You shall not use the name of the Lord in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not kill.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet - neighbors house, wife, man, maidservant, ox, donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
We must understand the reality of God's spiritual laws and how they influence our every day lives. These laws are just as real and indisputable as the many physical laws we encounter daily, such as gravity. These laws can work for us or against us. If you honor and obey God's commandments, the blessings that flow from His throne will keep you amazed of His love. If you knowingly disobey or are indifferent to His spiritual love, you are inadvertently bringing a variety of problems into your life and the lives of people closest to you. Paul makes it clear that no Christian has the option of considering sin to be something that he may safely do, ever. The fact of the grace of God, which covers all your sins, does not entitle you to speak, to think or to act in any way that breaks the Ten Commandments.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. You are freed from receiving the wages of sin. Your sin deserved to be paid in full with your own death, your own eternal suffering in hell. Our Lord and Savior Jesus, has gone before us, pulled from the teeth of death, chained Satan and covered us with his mercy. His free forgiveness of our sin. God loves the sinner and is willing to give him mercy, but God never loves sin and never justifies it.
Being freed from sin means that you have another master, the Lord Jesus Christ. You are never without a master. You are never out of slavery. One day John McCain and his wife appeared on the television show called The View. They were being rough on him, and Whoopie Goldberg asked him, “what would you have me to do go back to slavery?” Whoopie didn't understand that she was, and is a slave if you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ. Either you are a slave to sin or you are a slave to Jesus Christ. (Eccles. 12:13-14)
We all like payday, from the sales clerk that earns a meager wage to the person who makes $100,000 dollars per year. They need it for the necessities of life. The law of life is that if a man works for another he is supposed to get payment for that work. If he refuses to pay you, you can call down the law upon him. The same law of payment applies to the spiritual realm. God also pays off. He pays off in two places, here and hereafter. He pays off in two ways. If you serve sin, He will pay with punishment. If you serve Him, He will pay off with a reward. Judgment is one of the biggest topics in the Bible. Paul spoke to a group of intellectuals at Athens, and this is what he told them. "And the times of this ignorance God winked at: But now commands that all men everywhere to repent. Because He hath appointed a day, in the which, He will judge the world in righteousness by that man who He hath ordained. Where of He hath given assurance unto all man in that He hath raised Him from the dead. God guaranteed judgment when He raised Him from the dead.
Christ said “and thou, Capernaum, which are exalted unto Heaven, shall be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you, that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.” Christ said that Sodom was a wicked city, but that those who know about Christ and reject Him will suffer more at the judgment than the people of Sodom. Can you even imagine that? This should be an incentive for each one of us to live as close to the Lord as possible because in this day and age there aren't many who haven't heard or know about the Lord Jesus Christ. The bible is telling us that we can go ahead and live as we please, but always, we must remember that one day we will have to face God and give an account of our lives.
God does not always wait until the end of life to pay off. We often have to face judgment right here. They say a young man must sow his wild oats. If he does he is going to reap the harvest. Be not deceived God is not mocked, for what ever a man soweth that he also reaps. God is telling Christians that sin must be paid for both here and here after.
Look at the cross and you will see the Holy Son of God hanging there suffering and dying. Why is He suffering and dying? Because He was made sin for us and was paying for your sins and mine. He did not sin or even have an evil thought. He was made sin for us. All of our sins and the sins of the world were on Him. Sin had to be punished and Gods wrath fell upon Him instead of us.
The three hours of darkness while He hung on the cross is also a picture of judgment. As we are told at the judgment those who reject Christ will be cast into outer darkness. So darkness fell upon the earth while He hung on the cross. This is a picture of the awful darkness that will surround sinners in their eternal doom. We are told that Christ was made a curse for us when He hung on the cross. Even the soil of the earth is under a curse because of sin.
At the judgment at Calvary, Christ called out “My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me?” This was the only time He ever addressed the heavenly father as God. He had always called Him Father: Now as He hangs on the cross, He does not bear the relationship of a son. Because our sin is on Him, this is the cry of a sinner to his God. God's pure eyes could not look upon that sight. This is the picture of a lost sinner in Hell. He will be absolutely forsaken by God. But then he will be cut off from God forever. When God speaks, He means it; a Christian can't get away with sin.
Where will you spend eternity?
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