the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 NKJV
What is our relationship with God before we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior? What is it after we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior? Why is it important?
God created us to have a relationship with him. We have an emptiness, a longing for something we may not be able to identify without that relationship.
God tells us that we will have no peace without that relationship. There is truly no rest for the wicked. "There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked." Isaiah 48:22
God is holy as His Word tells us through Scripture. However, all men have sinned...
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, as such, we are separated from God.
All people without exception have sinned. The apostle Paul, quoting from Old Testament teachings, makes this undeniably clear...
“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks
God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does
good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of
vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed
blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no
fear of God before their eyes.”
Consider that our soul is like a pure white linen cloth. Without sin, it is unblemished. But if we only have one very small sin, think of it as only one very small drop of dark black ink on the pure white linen cloth, the pure white linen cloth is no longer unblemished. It really doesn't make a difference if it is a small or very large spot, it is not a pure white linen cloth any longer - with any sin, our soul is no longer pure in the sight of a holy God.
Charles H. Spurgeon (a great English preacher) wrote about the thought of only a little sin. He equates a little sin to many other little things that cause great pain and destruction.
"Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines."
Song of Solomon 2:15
A little thorn may cause much suffering. A little cloud may hide the sun. Little foxes spoil the vines; and little sins do mischief to the tender heart. These little sins burrow in the soul, and make it so full of that which is hateful to Christ, that He will hold no comfortable fellowship and communion with us. A great sin cannot destroy a Christian, but a little sin can make him miserable. Jesus will not walk with His people unless they drive out every known sin. He says, "If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love, even as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love."
Some Christians very seldom enjoy their Saviour's presence. How is this? Surely it must be an affliction for a tender child to be separated from his father. Art thou a child of God, and yet satisfied to go on without seeing thy Father's face? What! thou the spouse of Christ, and yet content without His company! Surely, thou hast fallen into a sad state, for the chaste spouse of Christ mourns like a dove without her mate, when he has left her.
Ask, then, the question, what has driven Christ from thee? He hides His face behind the wall of thy sins. That wall may be built up of little pebbles, as easily as of great stones. The sea is made of drops; the rocks are made of grains: and the sea which divides thee from Christ may be filled with the drops of thy little sins; and the rock which has well nigh wrecked thy barque, may have been made by the daily working of the coral insects of thy little sins.
If thou wouldst live with Christ, and walk with Christ, and see Christ, and have fellowship with Christ, take heed of "the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes." Jesus invites you to go with Him and take them. He will surely, like Samson, take the foxes at once and easily. Go with Him to the hunting.
It isn't only the “great” sin that causes us to be separated from God. Little sin(s) cause great harm as they tend to go unnoticed in our mind as our heart grows cold to them.
What is the significance of sin in our lives? It separates us from a holy God. There is no peace as confirmed in...
There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked.
The wages of sin is death - we are spiritually dead in sin. In the Old Testament, certain sins required physical death as well. God hates sin.
The wages of sin is death
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth
Sinners can in no way earn their salvation.
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who
practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
This is the second death."
No one is righteous and all have sinned. We can't live perfect lives and not sin - we are all sinners. Well we may say, I haven't committed a really big sin. Remember the white linen cloth or the small fox - even a small stain or a “little sin” makes us unclean.
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through
the law we become conscious of sin.
know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too,
have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing
the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
So if we confess our sins and repent of them is everything ok? Not quite for someone has to pay for our sin and the payment is death. Just as someone who commits a crime such as robbing a bank or killing a person must pay for that crime even if they have confessed and promised not to do it again, a holy God can't overlook the payment required for our sin.
So even if the person who committed the crime confesses to the deed, is sorry and promises not to do so again, payment is still due. This is the law of men and the law of God, payment must be made for crimes as well as sin (not to say that crimes are not also sinful).
What can we do to pay for our sin? Can we work hard and do good works and hope that the good we does balances out the sin we have committed? Many religious systems of the world teach that we must perform some good works; that somehow good works will pay our sin debt.
God says that we can't overcome our sin by works and good deeds.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the
gift of God- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. So if we can't work off our sin debt,
how can it be paid?
God tells us that he loves us...
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
He also has provided a way for us to have our sin debt paid in full...
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God
raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe
and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
The way for us to cancel our sin debt is to confess with our mouth that Jesus is our Lord and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead while confessing our sins with our mouth and repenting (turning our heart from sin) of our sins we will be saved. Christ paid our sin debt when he died on the cross and was raised from the dead.
for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
How can Jesus pay the sin debt for sinners?
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the
Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted
in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin . Let us then approach the throne of grace
with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Scripture says that Jesus is our great high priest and He was without sin and as such He is the only perfect sacrifice that can be made for our sin. We only have to receive the free gift to have it. If we choose not to receive Christ and the gift of salvation, then we don't have it as God never forces anyone to accept the free gift of salvation.
Charles H. Spurgeon said it better than I can…
"Perfect in Christ Jesus."
Do you not feel in your own soul that perfection is not in you? Does not every day teach you that? Every tear which trickles from your eye, weeps "imperfection"; every harsh word which proceeds from your lip, mutters "imperfection." You have too frequently had a view of your own heart to dream for a moment of any perfection in yourself. But amidst this sad consciousness of imperfection, here is comfort for you--you are "perfect in Christ Jesus. "In God's sight, you are "complete in Him;" even now you are "accepted in the Beloved." But there is a second perfection, yet to be realized, which is sure to all the seed. Is it not delightful to look forward to the time when every stain of sin shall be removed from the believer, and he shall be presented faultless before the throne, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing? The Church of Christ then will be so pure, that not even the eye of Omniscience will see a spot or blemish in her; so holy and so glorious, that Hart did not go beyond the truth when he said--
"With my Saviour's garments on,
Holy as the Holy One."
Then shall we know, and taste, and feel the happiness of this vast but short sentence, "Complete in Christ." Not till then shall we fully comprehend the heights and depths of the salvation of Jesus. Doth not thy heart leap for joy at the thought of it? Black as thou art, thou shalt be white one day; filthy as thou art, thou shalt be clean. Oh, it is a marvelous salvation this! Christ takes a worm and transforms it into an angel; Christ takes a black and deformed thing and makes it clean and matchless in His glory, peerless in His beauty, and fit to be the companion of seraphs. O my soul, stand and admire this blessed truth of perfection in Christ.
The Bible emphasizes both who Christ is and what He has done for sinners.
Jesus is completely and eternally God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was
with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made
that has been made.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory
of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, Jesus is Lord of all.
Jesus of Lord of all.
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every
name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under
the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace
through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord
of lords and King of kings-and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."
Jesus (God in the person of Jesus) became man.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
Jesus is pure and sinless.
He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults
at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted
himself to him who judges justly.
1 Peter 2:22-23
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we
have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin.
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
1 John 3:5
Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for sin and makes possible the salvation of sinners.
“He [God] made Him [Christ] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might
become the righteousness of God in Him”
2 Corinthians 5:21
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the
riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people
that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for
righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24
and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler
of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
Jesus rose from the grave.
The angels at His tomb declared to the women who had come with spices and perfumes...
"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember
how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered
into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'"
Then they remembered his words.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins
according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day
according to the Scriptures,
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. We
have more understanding of what the work of Christ was - for our justification.
and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by
his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. makes it clear that Jesus Christ was
raised from the dead.
Without the resurrection, Christ would not be who and what He said He is.
Many religions say that Christ was a prophet, a good teacher, a good man and the like. However, only Christianity makes the claim that Christ is God among man. Immanuel [im MAN you ell] is translated as (with us is God).
Isaiah predicted the birth of Christ...
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth
to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
And Matther was the fulfillment of that prediction...
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel "
Immanuel which means, "God with us."
Throughout his earthly ministry, Christ also made it clear that He was God.
If He wasn't God, then he either was a liar or worst deranged. The following verses from Scripture show that Jesus made the claim that He is God.
I and the Father are one."
Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said
to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do
you stone me?" "We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for
blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha answered, "I know he will rise again
in the resurrection at the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me
will never die. Do you believe this?"
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me.
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad."
"You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"
"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" At this, they
picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us." Jesus answered:
"Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone
who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though
the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put
it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who
have not seen and yet have believed."
When the Apostle Thomas declared to Jesus “My Lord and my God!” Jesus did not say “oh I'm sorry you misunderstood, I'm not God", as Angels and others said when worshiped by men throughout the Bible. By accepting this statement as truth, Jesus was affirming that He is God, the Second Person of the Trinity.
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