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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
Ph. 931 707-0799
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The Life Of Sin
Another pastor and I were talking several years ago discussing how few people are saved now compared to years gone by. We concluded the reason, in our limited mental capacity, that there are no more sinners for God to save. You ask me, preacher how can you say that? Because we, as preachers have a responsibility to preach on sin and tell people what sin is and many have failed in their attempt to do this. Thus, people today do not know what sin is. And if they do not know what sin is how can they be guilty of it? In Exodus 20 God gives the children of Israel what is called the Ten Commandments and those laws have not gone out of style nor will they ever be cast out because of the grace of God. Some think because God’s grace came into the world that the Ten Commandments have been disallowed; not so my dear friend. These laws have not changed and never will change. They were fulfilled in Jesus Christ because He kept every one of them as He became our perfect Sacrifice for sin and God still demands holiness in these days. God said “Be ye holy for I am holy”. In our message this week we will see four things about the life of sin.
The first thing we will look at is the character of sin. The definition of character is “the combination of qualities that distinguish an individual, group or item”. These are the traits which make up what we call sin. The first trait of sin is, it pollutes as Isaiah likens it to a sore or wound which has not been doctored and has become infected and runs. “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment”. The woman in Mark 5 who came to Jesus with the issue of blood is a good example of that. She knew if she could touch just the hem of His garment that she would be healed and she immediately dried up. Next, sin brings bondage as Paul tells us in Romans “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered to you”. Ye were servants of sin; it had domination upon you as you were in bondage to it. But now you have come out from that and have been made free. Then we see sin breeds rebellion which means to openly defy authority. They go along in their merry way without fear of a holy God which one day will be their Judge.
Next we will see sin’s course and it is a broad way. Why? Jesus said in Matthew 7 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat”. They have trodden down the path and it lays trampled underfoot as they head for destruction. There are no boundaries for sinners as all things lie in the grey area. They say, well, it isn’t too bad. But God says all sin is despicable in my sight!
The consequences of sin is the next thing we will look at. Paul says in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death”. And I’ve never seen where those have been changed. That is the natural law which cannot be deviated from. Another natural law says you will reap what you sow. If you want apples you don’t plant pear trees. If you want corn you don’t plant beans. You say preacher that’s crazy! It’s no more crazy than you thinking you can reap life everlasting by living and sowing to the flesh. There is a spiritual death we see in scripture which Adam and Eve suffered back in the garden. We all suffer that as well when we come to the age and knowledge of our sin condition or as some call it, the age of accountability. There’s a physical death which we all must suffer as it is appointed unto man once to die. Then there is the second death which the lost people will suffer if they leave earth without Jesus Christ and are cast into the lake of fire to suffer throughout eternity.
Oh but I am glad there is a cure or remedy for sin! I’m glad our case is not terminal. The cure is not in a doctor, a hospital or a law; but our cure is in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says if you sin you must die but it also says in Romans 5:10 “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death in His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life”. Hebrews 2:9 says He died for us, He died in our place so that we need not die.
You ask, how then can I be cured from this malady of sin? Jesus told Nicodemus “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Paul tells us in Romans 10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”. And he says again there “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. You trust the Lord Jesus to save you call upon Him and invite Him into your heart and you will be saved. It is that simple. Sin does have a life but it also has a death and that is possible through Jesus today.