Hebrews 9:26 (KJV)
"For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."
- Definition of Sin - 1 John 3:4 "Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness" that is, sin is the transgressing, or violation of God's word, truth, law. Gen 2:16-17; 3:6.
Therefore sin is against God, His law, holiness...it is an offence and violation of His very character and person.
-Sin is seriousness by God's standard. We are learning today that "there is a high cost to low living" (J Blanchard); that "sin pays - but it pays in remorse, regret, and failure" (Billy Graham); and that "sin is the greatest robber that this world will ever know" (Peter Clement).
1. The Commencement of Sin
A. Through Disobedience - Rom 5:12 "All wars disease, sickness, death and even natural disasters can be traced back to that one act of representitive disobedience in Eden" (Frank Retief).
B.Bringing Death - Rom 6:23
2. The Consequences of Sin
A. Separation from God - Loss of relationship; loss of reality.
B. Sinfulness of Man - Worked out in rebellion.
3. The Cancellation of Sin
A. Through the Sacrifice of Jesus - on the CROSS. The climax and central point of the ages.
B. Bringing Salvation to Sinners -
Silt Destroyed the City
What happened to the great city of Ephesus? Often mentioned in the New Testament, it was one of the cultural and commercial centers of its day. Located at the mouth of the Cayster River, it was noted for its bustling harbors, its broad avenues, its gymnasiums, its baths, its huge amphitheater, and especially its magnificent Temple of Diana. What happened to bring about its gradual decline until its harbor was no longer crowded with ships and the city was no longer a flourishing metropolis?
Was it smitten by plagues, destroyed by enemies, or demolished by earthquakes? No, silt was the reason for its downfall—silent and non-violent silt. Over the years, fine sedimentary particles slowly filled up the harbor, separating the city from the economic life of the sea traders.
Little evil practices, little acts of disobedience may seem harmless. But let the silt of sin gradually accumulate, and we will find ourselves far from God. Life will become a spiritual ruin. In the book of Hebrews we are warned of the danger of “the deceitfulness of sin” (3:13). James said that the attractive pleasures of sin are really a mask covering death (1:15).
God forbid that we let the silt of sin accumulate in our lives! - VCG
Our Daily Bread, September 24, 1998
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