Bible Lesson 56

Sin And Its Solution
Matthew 1:21

This lesson brings us to the place where we must not only identify our universal problem (Sin), but we must understand sin and how corrosive it is to our souls, and then we must look at the only solution to sin and that is found only in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God in the flesh. There can be no doubt that we, as the people of God, have lost the knowledge of the real danger and the horrific existence of sin.

We have reached the place in our religion, where we have, in effect, made something almost pathetic and even alluring about sin. Many of us, including preachers, identify ourselves proudly as a sinner; and that is the most demeaning thing that I can imagine to our Holy and Gracious God. How dare we decide, in resistance to what the Word of God, the Bible, tells us about sin and what sin has done to God’s creation that we are more comfortable being sinners than we are being saints.

Think about this for a moment before you read any further, think about what you believe about sin. If you are the average professing Christian, you more than likely will admit that you were a sinner of some sort, that you enjoyed sin, and then by God’s grace, you were saved. Now, with that said, I would like for you to define sin for me. What do you think about sin?

Not other people’s sin but about your sin? Normally, the answers people give when asked about their sin before they were saved, are adultery, or I used God’s name in vain, or I was a thief or a criminal. Not many ever go far beyond that kind of confession of their sin, but is that the way that our Holy and Just God looks at sin? We know better! How sinful is sin?

Sin was so heinous to our Creator God that Adam?s sin in the garden corrupted not only the nature of all who have ever been born into this world except for our Lord Jesus Christ; but it also corrupted, spoiled, and brought the spoil to all of God’s creation.

We don’t like to think about sin in its hideous state; because then we would have to apply that kind of sin to our own lives. We have come to believe that man is tied to sin and we even repeat the mantra that says?.?oh, we are all sinners and we sin every day?. I don’t know where that comes from but it is high time that we began to refute that and, understand the depravity of sin and those who practice sin. The old divines, who knew the Bible as the Word of our Holy God, had this to say about sin?..”Sin is the greatest evil in the world”.

How evil is sin? It is so evil that the slightest unrepented sin will send a person to hell for eternity, there to linger in never-ending flames, with the worm that never turns. Hell is a place where sin will be rewarded with its just due. It is a place of darkness and unending suffering, where bodies are continually burned but never destroyed. That is how bad sin is! Ask yourself, what do you think of God’s justice in dealing with the sin of Adam and Eve.

How evil is sin? It is so evil that the slightest unrepented sin will send a person to hell for eternity, there to linger in never-ending flames, with the worm that never turns. Hell is a place where sin will be rewarded with its just due. It is a place of darkness and unending suffering, where bodies are continually burned but never destroyed. That is how bad sin is! Ask yourself, what do you think of God’s justice in dealing with the sin of Adam and Eve.

What do you think their sin involved? Was it simply eating of the fruit of the tree that God had told them not to eat? That’s what many people think, but it goes way beyond that. Just as our sins that we so glibly commit and pass over without much notice, all sin regardless of how small we think it to be, is world-shaking as far as we and those who live with us and around us know. When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:6), it was not like a child who gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar. When we sin, it is always world-shaking, bone-crushing and bloodletting not just to ourselves, but to many around us and sometimes to the entire creation.

For us to properly understand sin we have to know that there are three kinds of sins that men can commit and they are vastly different. First and foremost are presumptuous sins. Those are sins that God has specifically spoken to and commanded that we not commit them. Then some sins are sins that we commit in ignorance (Numbers 15:27-31).

We sin by not knowing that it is a sin to do so. Both kinds of sin are very dangerous and even the sins committed in ignorance or unintentionally must be repented of when we come to the knowledge that we have sinned. Let’s just assume that we here in the United States of America were to sin adultery, would that be presumptuous sin or would it be a sin of ignorance? Anyone in this country or any country in this age would be guilty of the presumption against God because God said in Exodus Chapter 20 and verse 14, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”.

Someone who has neglected to read his Bible or at least that part of his Bible would say, well, I didn’t know that so it would be a sin of ignorance; but that dog won’t hunt because just as the civil courts will not recognize willful ignorance God will not accept it either. Presumption against God means that those who chose to commit sins that God has said we were not to commit, are doing so with a high hand, or arrogance against God and that always requires the physical death of the one sinning. Under God’s grace in our day, the death penalty is moved to God’s judgment day; but it is always on tap unless and until it is repented of.

God hates sin, and says so over and over in the Bible, (Psalms 5:5; Proverbs 6:16-19), and He tells us to hate evil also (Psalms 97:10). Sin is the reason that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for those who would obey him (John 3:16; Hebrews 5:8-9). We should hate sin for many reasons, first, because it has broken our ability to commune with God. Second, it is an insult and offense to our Creator. Third, It limits our life here on the earth; because it has diminished our lives here from eternity to only seventy years in most cases (Psalms 90:10).

Fourth, it corrupted our beautiful world that God had created, and causes us to have to strive to get our food; and be subject to the power of many of the animals that were originally peaceful toward us, and all of the many problems that we encounter in this life. Fifth, it necessitated the shedding of the blood, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to redeem us from sin. Sixth, it required the formation of hell (Jude 6). Seventh, it brought forth all the diseases and vexations that we encounter in the world.

Eighth, it is so hateful to our Creator God, that the slightest element of sin in our lives, that we fail to repent and turn away from, will damn us to the eternal burning flames of hell. With that and much more that could be said about sin, it should cause us to stop and consider how we see sin. I suspect that none of us in this age, really understand the full extent of sin’s power to influence the simple people who are so cavalier about sinning.

To understand the perfect evil of sin, we have to understand some things about sin. One, sin has consequences, and even though God will forgive sins that we repent, we normally are left with the consequences of those sins. Think about Adam?s sin. Adam took a bite of forbidden fruit and lost paradise, eternal life, and damaged the lives of all who would be born to him, which was everyone that has ever been born on the earth, except the Virgin birth of Christ. I have known many people who smoked cigarettes for the large part of their lives; but who came to the knowledge of sin and gave them up because they are known to damage our health. God forgave them of that sin; but most of them died a terrible death, gasping for breath as they died (Romans 7:5).

Sin even has consequences for our children, as we have seen, often the children of smokers smoke, the children of drug abusers use drugs, the children of alcoholics become alcoholics themselves. It is true because God warns us about the fruits of sin (Exodus 20:5). Sin is hateful to God; because it violates the plan of God that He set in motion when He created the world. God Himself, at times, takes up the sword against those who sin (Numbers 22:31-32). That doesn’t mean that Jehovah is a God that sits waiting for some small slight from the creature before He strikes him down. No indeed, Jehovah is a good God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy (Psalms 103:8).

Mankind always seems to get the cart before the horse, in other words backward; and we have certainly done that with our view of God. We have thought to bring God down to the level of man and deal with Him as we would a man, but God is not a man, and His thoughts are above our thoughts. We have been taught in some fashion that we can manipulate God or cause Him to agree with us if we can get a big group that believes as we do. That is not possible, and that is proof that we do not understand who God is. We easily forget that our God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent, and He is so powerful and all-knowing that He simply spoke the world and all that exists into being. That is the God who we continue to warn others that He hates sin and will not allow the smallest sin to enter into heaven and its perfections.

You may ask, how did we ever come to this point in our belief system, why weren’t we warned by some preacher that we were on the wrong track? We can ask that but God will hold us individually accountable for getting on the wrong track. Never fear, all the preachers and teachers and evangelists, that bought into the idea that sin was not serious, and became part of them, “We are all sinners and we sin all the time”, will answer to their error to God; but we who were fooled by that lie will answer for ourselves; because we had the Word of God but would not read it or believe it. Sin has become as much a part of the visible church as Sunday School, or a Prayer meeting, or covered dish suppers.

We have been habituated to its presence by weak preaching that assures us that we are all sinners and that God is not able to get us out of it. So, why haven?t we stood up and spoken up and not shut up until we got it right? This is not an excuse, because there is no excuse but there is a phrase about a frog, that when placed into a pan of cool water and the fire lit under the pan, that the frog will sit there and boil to death because he becomes accustomed to the heat as it rises. That is a good picture of the congregations of the visible churches of our day. They know there is something that is called sin, and they have been taught for years that it is not bad, because their leaders all say that everyone is just a sinner. Since that seems to be the truth, after you hear it for years on end, you slowly come to believe, that it is true and so you never attempt to live above sin. Many people in our day do not know what sin is, so let me show you from the Word of God what it is.

Romans 14:23 tells us that “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin”. Therefore, if you are not truly saved, born again, and obedient to Christ, everything that you do is sin!
First John 5:17 tells us that, “All unrighteousness is sin:..”. That means whatever the Bible calls for from you, that you do not do, is sin!

First John 3:4b tells us that “Sin is the transgression of the law”. That means that whatever the law says is to be obeyed!
James 4:17 tells us “To know what is good and not do it is sin”. That means that if we transgress on what we know God would have us to do “it” is sin.

Sin, in the end, is all that is wrong in our troubled world. Incredible as it may seem, if Adam had not sinned in the garden, we would be living forever in that paradise that was the Garden of Eden. Any trouble, sickness, pain, heartache, you may be having when you read this lesson, is the result of sin. The volcanos, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, hunger, famine, wars, and everything that makes life on this earth today is the result of sin. Sin has devastated our nation and our world, but thank God there is a solution to sin.
The solution Is “JESUS CHRIST”.! Not just the name of Jesus or some song about Jesus; but a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus, who in true salvation, becomes our righteousness, our hope, our Lord and our Savior.

How does anyone who is a sinner reach and take hold of Jesus for this personal and intimate relationship? All that any sinner can do is to desire that relationship to the extent that God can know that the sinner is ready to die to self and submit to the Lordship of Christ; and even that comes only as God works through His Holy Spirit to cause the desire. Salvation is all of God, and he comes to sinners who are dead in trespass and sin and quickens them (Ephesians 2:1). I stress that we all come as sinners and nobody else who does not see themselves as sinners need to apply.

God meets us first as sinners, who are desperate over our sin; but when God works there is a new creature raised and that new creature is not a sinner any longer (Ephesians 2:10; 2nd Corinthians 5:17). Everyone who is truly saved is a saint and any who cannot get past being sinners, are never saved. There is only one way for anyone to be saved and that is my belief in, faith in, trust in, assurance of, and obedience to God by the power of the blood of Jesus Christ, (Acts 4:12; John 6:44; John 3:16). There are many out there today who teach and preach a different way, or a modified way, or a more convenient way; but if you trust any of those, you will damn your soul to eternity in hell.

There are entirely too many people today who have taken it on themselves to rewrite the Word of God or make it more compassionate or tolerant. Don’t be fooled by any of that. If the Bible doesn’t say it doesn’t count on it! Don’t depend on anyone else’s version of what God has said in His Word, the Bible, your soul depends upon you getting it right, so be sure you read, apply and live according to what you find there.

In Salvation, because of God’s grace, Jesus Christ becomes our all in all. Christ is our righteousness, sanctification, redemption, and wisdom,(1st Corinthians 1:30). We either come to God by Faith in Jesus Christ, or we never know God; and any time you see faith in the New Testament, you can write obedience right beside it because Christ died for those who would obey Him (Hebrews 5:8-9). Further than that, Jesus is our Advocate with the Father, He mediates between us and the Father.

In simple terms, He is our lawyer to argue our cases against the accusations of the tempter; and even further than that He is our comforter, in the person of the Holy Spirit (1st John 2:1). There is no other religion in the world that has a God like ours. Jehovah God is the creator, the sustainer, and the Savior of those who believe. He is a living God who has predestined what takes place in His creation. He has a perfect plan for every man?s life and He paid the price for our sin when we were yet His enemies. He died so that we could live! Now, what about you, are you living in such a way as to glorify God? Today is the day of salvation, and you may never again have the opportunity to seek the forgiveness of God and be saved from condemnation and hell. Reach out to God and turn away from your sin, in Jesus’ Name.

What do you think their sin involved? Was it simply eating of the fruit of the tree that God had told them not to eat? That’s what many people think, but it goes way beyond that. Just as our sins that we so glibly commit and pass over without much notice, all sin regardless of how small we think it to be, is world-shaking as far as we and those who live with us and around us know.

When Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:6), it was not like a child who gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar. When we sin, it is always world-shaking, bone-crushing and bloodletting not just to ourselves, but to many around us and sometimes to the entire creation.

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob