Sunday, July 18, 2021

Thank you, Heavenly Father!

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” Hebrews 1:3

 Sin, God said sin is the breaking of His law, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”  1 John 3:4 Most people do not understand the how serious it is to sin. People please understand, sin is the worst act committed against God in all creation. There in not one action of any creature that God created, that is worse than sin, it is an abomination to God. “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.”  Proverbs 15:26 the word means (disgusting) to the Lord. Because they are wicked and breaking Gods laws. God’s laws are not only the Ten Commandments but the breaking of any single scripture because the entire word of God is His law. We talk much about the lost and sin, but what about the Christians? Well, God said we are only perfect in Jesus Christ. We are still sinners; we still deserve God’s condemnation even after salvation. “But thank God for grace and especially mercy Our Father has forgiven all our sins in the blood of Jesus Christ. No Christian is without sin no matter how hard we work not too. Just a simple thought is a sin, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”  Matthew 5:28 Albert Barns said, “as extending only to the external act; and that they regarded evil thoughts and a wanton imagination as of little consequence, or as not forbidden by the law. Our Saviour assures them that the commandment did not regard the external act merely, but the secrets of the heart, and the movements of the eye. He declares that they who indulge a wanton desire, that they who look on a woman to increase their lust, have already, in the sight of God, violated the commandment, and committed adultery in the heart.” This is not limited to adultery but to any sin, a sin is so much more than people think. Even as Christians we are only as good as the Blood of Jesus Christ makes us. “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” Ephesians 1:7 We need to as Christians be reminded everyday that it is only God’s grace and the blood of Jesus Christ that keeps us pure and holy acceptable in God’s sight. I am fearful that a lot of Christians and churches may forget this, think of themselves more proudly than they should, “And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.”  1 Corinthians 8:2 Beloved if we forget that we are only pure in Christ then we forget that we are pure only by grace and mercy. Jesus Christ “…had by himself purged our sins…” before He sat on God’s right hand in heaven, salvation complete! Making us holy in God’s sight, making us without sin and able to be called God’s children and joint heirs with His own Son Jesus. A Christian who praises themselves on goodness fails to praise God of His pardon and Jesus for His sacrifice. We are nothing in this flesh, we are noting outside of Christ and in Christ we are only as good as God has made us, perfect. The gift of God is the measure of grace given to us, that grace is our limit, as Paul said, “I am what am by the grace of God” and only by God’s measure of grace. “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 We are being held up by Jesus Christ, “…upholding all things by the word of his power…”. Therefore, let us conclude that as people we are sinners, and sinners everyday of our life. Some are stronger Christians than others by God’s measure of grace, but we are all still sinners. Let us allow for sinfulness but not use it as an excuse to sin. Temptations are hard to overcome, we all have weaknesses and Satan knows them and it is here he will tempt us. Sometimes we overcome by God’s grace and sometimes we fall, but as Christians we need to help pick each other up and not condemn each other as we are better.  "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" Romans 3:24 Sin does not stop with salvation, however, sin never stops being forgiven by God through the blood of Jesus Christ. All sins are forgiven through the blood of Jesus and for that let us bow before God and thank God for His gift of our sin pardon. "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23 The only unforgiveable sin is the sin of unbelief, yes lets us be shameful of our sins but never think that God does not forgive your every sin. Else, Christ dies in vain.