The Wages of Sin is death and the gift of God is eternal Life(Romans 6)
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.(Matthew 5:29-30)
Once again in my life a tragic story plays itself out.
Someone close to me has sinned, and is caught, and refuses to admit to all of it. The sin creates a sense of betrayal, loss of trust in the sinner, and hurt to those of us who love this person and want to believe that all is well with his soul.
But the sin is evidence that it is not well.
In the person who was caught in the sin, it has created a kind of shame but an unwholesome shame, for there are yet many unanswered questions. The sinner seems to remain in a murkey cloud. He is ashamed, but still remote, depressed rather than convicted. Still concerned primarily about self…or about what we think of him, but not about God.
By the standards of the world, the sin is “not really a big deal”, although it would incur some displeasure.
But we have come to know that all sin is a horrifying cancer, and sin carries within itself the malignancy which would ultimately separate us from everything truly worthwhile, forever!
That is what sin does, it separates.
Adam sinned and then hid from God.He then blamed his wife, and God for his own sin. He refused to confess his sin to God, thus insuring his banishment from the garden and from God. Sin darkens the judgment also, causing us to always make the wrong decision.
The sentence passed by the Righteous Judge? Death. Adam would be separated from God, his wife, his environment, his work, and even from himself. At the end comes the ultimate separation…the man dies physically and is separated from his own body.
God came to Him though, and in a foretaste of the final judgment day, Adam was called out of hiding, to face God in the nakedness and deformity of his sin. No matter how unready, when God comes, all will be pulled out of hiding and into the light.
How sin mutilates the personality!
Behold the “Planned Parenthood” execs, casually eating salads and drinking wine as they discuss the sale and removal of infant body parts! Those who at one time no doubt were little girls playing with baby dolls! How did they turn out this way?
Moses predicts that in their apostasy against God, Israel’s delicate , refined and beautiful woman would do something unspeakably brutal! She will eat her own child!!
The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.(Deuteronomy 28:56-57)
We are seeing this on display now in the Planned Parenthood revelation, and in the well dressed and spoken female spokesmen they have trotted out there to justify the unspeakable and to demonize those appalled by it!
One sin brought about the ruin of the human race. Think about it…every tear, every disease, every war and all of the misery of squalor and poverty commenced as an outflowing of one sin. The man took of the forbidden fruit, he repudiated the rule of God and chose to do his own thing.
What did it take to bring about forgiveness of sin and to reverse sin’s curse?
Nothing less than the suffering, humiliation and death of the Son of God for us. Jesus had to come and die an agonizing death to expiate sin!
How awful is sin! It is the “evil of evils” and is worse than all suffering(for it is the cause of it).
I fear sin and when someone I love has sinned, I burn! If my children would lie, or take something that wasn’t there’s or do something else sinful, my wife and I would grieve and cry out to God. I fear sin and don’t want any of us to be banished because of it!
Hell is like the cross in this sense… It is God’s way of letting us know how serious sin is. We look at the cross and contemplate, “Is this what it actually took to rescue us?”. Likewise we consider the warnings of Hell and realize, that it is the only place in the universe for those who will not let go of sin!
We can scarcely believe that there is anything we can do that is so awful as to be deserving of that horror of eternal punishment.
But the issue is not what we did, but who we did it against… . Modern people have no sense of God in his majesty and holiness. To sin against him in any way is to sin against goodness and truth itself!
One day I saw an odd-shaped little mole on my wife’s toe, and showed it to a doctor at one of her checkups. He took a very serious look and said that it would have to be removed. She was pregnant so I said,”After the Baby is born doctor”, but he said “Now!”. That day He cut it out f her foot and analyzed it. It was a matter of life and death.We found out it was a malignant melanoma which had not yet gone sub-cutaneous.
I am praying for my friend, that he submit to the one thing we can do to be delivered of the guilt and power of our sins. If He would just fully confess to it, and allow the cleansing of the blood of Jesus to restore him to fellowship with God and man, Peace could be restored, and love and joy will be possible.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(I John 1:9)