Bible Lesson 102

THE SINFULNESS OF SIN!

“Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” John 8:34

“We are too Christian really to enjoy sinning, and to fond of sinning really to enjoy Christianity. Most of us know perfectly well what we ought to do; our trouble is that we do not want to do it.”

Peter Marshall

Let’s begin by attempting to focus our attention on what sin is, and we can begin by saying that sin is the outworking of Adam’s nature in us who are his progeny or descendants. Sin is an organized power in every man born into the world and its seat is in the will, which then energizes the flesh to carry out an evil desire, (James 1:12-15; Romans 3:6). Who is it that sins’

Every single one of us who is born into this world is born a sinner because we have inherited the nature of our grandfather, Adam. Not one of us ( as unredeemed) can ever truthfully say that we have ever done a righteous act because all of our supposed righteousness is as filthy rags in the sight of God, (Isaiah 64:6).

Sin is anything that does not manifest the character of God, so as lost men, and women, we who are slaves to the devil, and that is everyone who is not truly born again, and obedient to the Lord, ever do, say or think anything that is anything except sin. We are not sinners because we sin, rather we sin because we are sinners (John 8:41-44). Sin, any sin, is a ticket to eternal damnation and suffering in hell (Revelation 21:7-9).

Our little selfish, pandering, and disobedient society have blossomed into the devils’ flower. We have chosen to reject the Bible, at least the parts that call us to obedience to Jesus Christ as the only hope for heaven. We want to play the church game as if God has ever said that if we came to church or belong to one of the denominational churches that we would be assured of heaven.

Hear me well now; I don’t have an ax to grind with the visible church, except that it has become a synagogue of Satan in so many cases. Too many well-meaning but self-centered pastors have left God out, in most cases, and have gone into business for themselves.

I say that because I see so many people walking an aisle, shaking a preacher’s hand and giving a nod of their heads to Jesus, and immediately being pronounce saved, then given a fellowship in church groups. That would be well and fine if these people had ever heard the full counsel of the gospel and understood that there is a cost to being a child of God, but in many cases, they have no idea about what they are doing, other than associating themselves with a group that seems to be just like them.

We took our eyes off of God and the cross and began to focus on our particular church. We took our hearts off of the souls of lost men who are daily dying and going out into eternity without Christ and without even knowing enough about Him to cause them to seek their redemption. We have chosen the love of God over the truth, and the truth is that no man will ever know the love of God until he has dealt with God, about God’s wrath against his sin. Sin is a congenital aspect of every man born of natural birth since the fall. Christ was born without sin since his birth was an incarnation.

Sin can be described as an act that begins in the heart and mind of man and then comes to fruition in an intentional act. I believe the genesis of sin is because of unbelief. We are told in the Word of God, the Bible, that anything that is not of faith is sin. That is not speaking about the kind of faith so often spoken of when people make professions of faith. The faith that is spoken of in Hebrews chapter 4 and verse 2, which says’. ‘For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.’

If the gospel is preached to people to the same extent, in the same way, and explained the same way by a preacher’.why doesn’t it save everyone who hears it’ The answer is that the gospel message must be mixed with true saving faith which then changes a man completely from the inside out. Where do we get that kind of faith’ It is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). I know that some of you have probably asked by now’. ‘How can I get the kind of faith that Bro. Bob is talking about here” The answer is that if we knock, seek, and ask with a heart that is sick and tired of sin and disobedience, then God plants the seed of faith in those whom He will (Matthew 7:7).

What would you do if you discovered that you had dropped a hundred dollar bill out of your wallet in your back yard’ I know that most of us would scour our yard, looking behind every bush and under every rock. We would sweep the yard until we found that money. Again, what would you do if you found that one of your young children was gone from the house and you didn’t know where they were’ You would, more than likely, go out and look in every place you thought that child could be.

You would knock on neighbor’s doors and look in their yard and under the houses, and in any buildings in the area, and you would search until you had found your child. The same principle applies to seeking God. You must put everything else aside and focus on your desire, which should be to be reconciled to your creator. You would read the Bible, go to churches; speak to those who show that they are God’s children. Whatever it took, you would do that, if you truly wanted to be reconciled to God. You would make up your mind to do whatever is required to know God, including but not limited to seeking, knocking, and asking with all that that entails.

In John chapter 8, beginning at verse 30, we find our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, preaching to a large group of Jews, and the Bible tells us there that ‘as He spoke these words, many believed on Him.’ That sounds like some of the altar calls we hear from preachers today. When they finish the invitation and invite people to come forward, most of the people who come say that they believe in Jesus. Does that mean that they are saved’ Absolutely not; however they are treated as if they were saved, and told that they are saved, and scheduled for baptism. I wonder why Jesus did not believe that these who said they believed in him were not ready for baptism. Jesus certainly did not pronounce them saved, or offer them fellowship, or refer to them as His disciples, instead, He said to them’.’ If you abide (continue) in my word, you are my disciples indeed’ and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.’ It’s apparent that Jesus was right, and He always is right; because just a few verses later, Jesus says to these same people who said they believed in Him, in verses 44, ‘You are of your father the devil’.’ You see dear friends; there is a great difference between making a profession of faith and meaning a profession of faith.

Anyone can make a profession of faith because we can make our mouths say anything that we want it to say. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did not have any faith in a profession that had not considered the cost of being a child of God; because we find Him again in Matthew chapter seven as He preached the Sermon on the Mount, where he says this about pseudo-professions, ‘Not everyone who says to Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.’ Jesus, who is God in the flesh, says that there will be many people who have become church members, and perhaps even church leaders, who have always professed that they were Christians and that their faith was in Jesus Christ, but they would not be able to stand in the judgment. They would have a failing grade. Jesus goes on to include many who would say that they had prophesied in His name and even some who had cast out devils and done many wonderful things’.but Jesus says that on that day, He would profess to those who made that claim, ‘I never knew you; depart from me you workers of lawlessness.’

What a useless, and even damning, the thing is a profession without possession. The only profession of faith that will see you through the judgment is one that was initiated by the Holy Spirit and which claims Christ for everything necessary to save your soul. The true saving profession comes out of the New Birth’.that birth from above, that handiwork of God Himself (Ephesians 2:10). We are told in the Bible that in true salvation there is a New Birth required (John 3:3, 5). The person to be saved does not have anything to do with this new birth except, he cooperates with the work of God as He dies to self and follows Christ (Philippians 2: 12-13). We seem to have forgotten about the supernatural power of God to influence those whom He has predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.

In forgetting about the Omnipotence of God and what true salvation is all about, we have invented several ways for us to save ourselves and others who do not intend to follow Christ, the way He must be followed. We have even thought to circumvent the Biblical way of salvation by renaming those who we want to be saved by a new and novel way. We call those who come on their terms to join themselves to some church group and who flaunt their ‘profession’ as they live like the world. These are sometimes called nominal Christians or even carnal Christians. To those who want to believe that these nomenclatures’ are proper, I ask you, is Christ nominal or carnal’ You see those who are truly saved, are being conformed to the image of Christ, so they can not be nominal or carnal. Those who fall under either of those two classes of Christians are simply sinners, whose father is the devil and who do nothing but sin (John 8:42-45).

Our society has for some time now, been guilty of attempting to sanitize all sin. We do that by claiming that everyone, regardless of their standing before God, is sinners. Pastors seem to enjoy standing before their congregations and accusing every person thereof being sinners, including himself; and most of the time they claim to be the greatest sinner of the bunch. Is that what God does in salvation’ Does God sort the worst of sinners out of the world and call them to preach’ How absurd it is to even consider that kind of question. We were all sinners at our birth and we enjoyed sin and we continued in sin until God intervened in our lives and called us out of this sinful world, to an intimate relationship with Him.

We call that Salvation and it always makes a great difference in the lives of those who have experienced true salvation. We are no longer sinners; we are called to be saints as we live in this world. Sinners have no way of glorifying God, so God recreates them, in the new birth, to be saints. We seem to think that we can take a sinner, who is under the wrath of God, and teach him/her how to act like a church member and they will go to heaven. We think that a superficial ‘makeover’ with simple cosmetic changes will make a man a Christian, but that is the devils lie and we had better realize it before it is eternally too late.

Sin and I mean any sin is enough to send a person to hell, and that is the reason God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die to redeem those who would believe from sin. Redemption in the Greek speaks of purchasing a slave with a view of his freedom. That what is referred to in our scriptural verse for this lesson, those who sin are slaves of sin and everything that they do is sin (John 8:34). When you were born and when I was born, we were born dead in trespass and sin because we were born with a disobedient and rebellious nature that we inherited from Adam. Not just you and I but everyone who has ever or will ever be born of the flesh, which includes everyone, except Jesus Christ who was not born of the flesh but of the Spirit (Matthew 1:20-21). We were all born of sin and we were sinners and we had a sin debt that none of us could every pay; but Jesus Christ, God in the flesh was sinless and He substituted Himself for the elect of God and paid their sin debt in full. Those who are ever reborn, born from above, are recreated ‘In Christ’ and those in Christ can never have sin charged to them (1st John 1:7; 1st John 3:4-9).

God says that we are called to be saints, saved to be like Jesus Christ (Romans 1:7; 1st Corinthians 1:2). Before God saved us, we were all sinners, but God says that He saved us to give us newness of life (Romans 6:4). We cannot have it both ways, in other words, we cannot claim to be Christians and yet remain in sin. I know many folks find it very convenient to claim to be Christians and church members, and still think and preach that we are all sinners, but that dog won’t hunt. We are either Saints or we are sinners and saints will inherit heaven and sinners will go to hell for eternity.

Claiming to be saints who still cling to the name sinners we are saying that God is not able to keep that which He has begun in us and that is blasphemy (Philippians 1:6). Yes, I know that theologians found that they could use the idea of teaching that sin has to be practiced as a lifestyle to be sinful, but did Adam live a life of sinful actions or did he commit one sin and lose paradise on earth. Was Uzzah (a Levite) guilty of a life of sin or did he simply touch the ark as it was about to fall when God killed him (2nd Samuel 6:6-7)’ We who truly know Christ and follow Him have been placed ‘in Him’ and no sin will ever be accounted to us as sin, otherwise we could not enter heaven (Psalms 32:1-2). Notice there that God says that the three words so often used to denote our disobedience: transgression, sin, and iniquity, the three-headed dog at the gates of hell have been silenced against those who know God (Spurgeon).

It is obvious that many who show up at churches and make the sounds of those who are a part of God’s church (singing of hymns, praying, and even teaching) do not intend to believe that God’s salvation always makes a dramatic and radical change in the lives of those who are truly saved. A saved person has a ‘can’t help it’ kind of obedience. Nothing is more distasteful than to sin against God, for the true child of God. Understand me now, I am not saying that the Christian does not sin, but what I am saying is that when they do they are in a world of trouble with God, and the true Christian will always see his error and repent and agree with God about the seriousness of sin. To sin is not a problem with the unsaved person, because everything that they do is sin.

That is the only fruit that they can produce; but the truly saved person has to leave the light of God, and flee into the darkness to sin, they must climb over the knowledge of God in the Bible, and then climb over the cross of Jesus Christ, over the prayers of the saints and the love and grace of God, before they say no to a holy God and commit sin. Most should be too tired and too afraid of God’s wrath against sin to sin. It violates the nature of the Christian and the Christ that they inhabit when they sin. With that said, the only thing that I can say to a saved person who sins is that they are on their own, and no King or Prince or Potentate, or Pope, can forgive that sin because they have not powered to forgive. Further, no man or woman or preacher or pastor can forgive it’.you are on your own, and though you will never lose your salvation, you will lose the reward, and you may be called out of this world to answer to God for your violation (Colossians 3:23-25; Hebrews 2: 1-4; Hebrews 10:35-39; 2nd Peter 2:9-17;

2nd John 8; Revelation 22:12).

How can any man stand and say that they are not sinners’ Only those who have had God bring them to the light of His Holiness and caused them to see their desperate condition, and allow them to repent of his sins. Is that possible’ We looked a moment ago at Psalms 32:1-2, and saw that God said there ‘Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.’ That is clear to me, at least, that when a person has repented (Acts 17:30; Luke 13:3; Matthew 3:2), they are innocent of all their sin because God has taken it away from us in the body and blood and death of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross. Our sins once repented of are not simply covered, but are forgiven and removed from us. The Hebrew word for forgive means to carry out of sight, our sin has been removed from the sight of the Righteous Judge. All of the sins of the elect were forgiven by the work of Christ on the cross. Christ bled and died on the cross to pay our sin debt and now we no longer owe that debt. The great old preacher Thomas Watson said ‘The Lord will make an act of indemnity; He will not upbraid us with former unkindness’s, or sue us with a canceled bond. He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea’ (Micah 7:19) Sin shall not be cast in like a cork which riseth up again, but as lead which sinks to the bottom.

Now, if God tells us that He has dealt with our sin, that our transgressions, sin, and iniquity are covered, gone forever, never to be charged against us: then why do we insist upon bringing them up over and over in a sickly attempt to appear humble. It all looks back to our assurance, our settled faith, and trust in our Savior.

The world and the worldly do not need to see us as weak, effeminate, unsure, and nervous people who can never really rely on God to do what He has told us that He would do. We are not given a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and a sound mind (2nd Timothy 1:7). Speaking of fear, it is time that we as creatures began to have a healthy fear of God, because ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ (Psalms 111:10). We are reminded in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, ‘Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.’ In Matthew 10:28, Jesus tells us ‘And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.’ When we come to the point that we fear God and serve Him with the Reverence due to Him we will begin to fulfill the duty of man, and that is to glorify God.

How does it glorify God when we claim the blood of Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God indwelling us, whenever we are always accusing ourselves of sin and iniquity’ You and I both know that it does not. What we should do is to keep our focus on Jesus and what He commanded us, and our lives sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We have all we need to keep us from sin, in that we have been reborn by God (Ephesians 2:10), that is not something that will take effect in heaven, it takes place here on the earth and in our rebirth we are recreated ‘in Christ’ and 2nd Corinthians 5:17 we are told that ‘If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things are passed away, behold all things have become new.’

We are sealed by the Holy Spirit who takes up residence in us and never leaves us as we live on the earth (Ephesians 1:13). Grace through faith saves us and then Grace becomes our teacher, ‘teaching us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age’ ((Titus 2:11-12). We have all the power that we need to live above sin; we do not in too many cases because we are not certain of God’s power and intent in us. What we should be doing is to keep our focus on God through His Son Jesus Christ, and our minds occupied with the things of God rather than on the things of the world.

How sinful is sin’ Adams’ sin of one disobedience separated us all from God Spiritually, brought about the curse of sin (Genesis 3:14-19), cause Adam and Eve to be driven out of the Garden of Eden forever, and damaged the perfections of God’s creation, not to mention that it caused every person born of the flesh into this world since then to be born under the wrath of God, dead in trespasses and sin. The only solution for sin was death, and that caused God to send His Son Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, to this earth to suffer, bleed and die, to be buried and on the third day to resurrect and ascend back into heaven and be seated at the right hand of the Father. Now, if you are so hardened in sin that you do not fear the payday that sin requires ‘.I will just have to ask God to cause you to see you need of the only Savior ‘Jesus Christ.

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob