The far-reaching effects of sin
Romans 3:10-11, 23: “as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Sin in its simplest definition is an offense against the moral law of God. Adam committed only one sin and was removed from the garden; and we are born with a sin nature. “Sin will take you further than you want to go; keep you longer than you want to stay; and cost you more than you are willing to pay.” (Pastor Tony Foglio.) We must acknowledge that we are hopeless sinners needing a Savior.
Simply put — we’re not good enough to go to heaven! So what can we do? We try a regimen of good deeds, hoping they will offset our bad deeds. The question then surfaces: how many good deeds will suffice? No one knows how many good deeds it takes to offset the bad. A rule sheet can’t be found — simply because it doesn’t exist. God doesn’t operate this way. All we can do is repent of our sin, expressing our sincere remorse for our sinful actions, and God, because of his kindness, grants it. God turned over our sins to His Son, Jesus Christ. He became sin for us and bore the penalty of sin, which is death on a cross. Then he rose from the dead triumphing over death Hell and the grave. God’s work on Calvary not only settled the issue of sin, but made possible our citizenship in heaven.
Not one of us can handle the power of sin working inside of us. When “sin is crouching at your door” (Genesis 4:7), it is often neglected by people. Then it takes hold, and one offense leads to the next — each more outrageous than the last. When sin has its way, the precious blood of God’s Son is the only remedy.
Ephesian 2 declares that; “We were dead in our trespasses and sins, in which we walked to the course of the world. Among them we lived in the lusts of our flesh indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, but God being rich in mercy because of His great love with which He loved us. Even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved.” Paul goes on to say,” For by grace you saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, so that no one may boast. Therefore our only hope in being redeemed is to put our trust in Jesus Christ.
Whoever recognizes and makes use of this teaching will discover that even the worst will work out for the best. For when your sinful nature entices you to sin, you will be motivated to seek forgiveness of sins through Christ. Romans 5:6, 8 “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 10:9-10 “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
If today you find yourself aware of your sin the only solution is finding the Savior, and there is no other name give among men whereby we may be saved but Jesus. Today is the day of salvation. Call on the name of the Lord, turn from sin to righteousness and be saved. Amen.
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)