Punishment and Suffering PART 2b: All About Sin

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For those who haven’t read the first part of this, you can read it here.

D. CHRIST AND HUMAN SIN

  • He was Sinless. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a High Priest, Holy, Innocent, Unstained,Separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens (Hebrews 7:26). He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth (1 Peter 2:22). You know that He appeared in order to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin (1 John 3:5).
  • He paid the penalty for Sin. It will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification (Romans 4:24b-25). For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:2-4). And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:13-14). He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.By His wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24).
  • He  Forgives Sin. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in His spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this (Mark 2:5-12)! Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven (Luke 7:48).’ He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14).
  • His Blood redeems us from Sin. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7).
  • His Blood cleanses us. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
  • He takes away the sins of the world. The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)! He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2).

E. HUMAN AND THEIR SIN

1) HOW HAS SIN AFFECTED US?

  • We are responsible for our sins. “If he fathers a son who is violent, a shedder of blood, who does any of these things (though he himself did none of these things), who even eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor’s wife,oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, lends at interest, and takes profit; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself. “Now suppose this man fathers a son who sees all the sins that his father has done; he sees, and does not do likewise: he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife, does not oppress anyone, exacts no pledge,commits no robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, withholds his hand from iniquity, takes no interest or profit, obeys my rules, and walks in my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity; he shall surely live. As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother, and did what is not good among his people, behold, he shall die for his iniquity (Ezekiel 18:10-18).
  • We are accountable to God for our sins. I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds (Jeremiah 17:10). For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil (2 Corinthians 5:10). And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done (Revelation 20:12).
  • We are subject to death because of sin. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die (Genesis 2:17). For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death (James 1:15).
  • We cannot atone for our sin. Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life (Psalm 49:7). For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul (Matthew 16:26)?

2) WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR SIN?

  • We should confess it.  Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”  and you forgave the iniquity of my sin (Psalm 32:1-5). Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy (Proverbs 28:13). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
  • We should repent of it. “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!Why will you die, O house of Israel (Ezekiel 18:30-31)? Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus (Acts 3:19-20).
  • We should turn from it. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14). Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil (Isaiah 1:16). Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God (3 John 11).
  • We should hate it. O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of His saints; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked (Psalm 97:10). Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph (Amos 5:15). Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good (Romans 12:9).
  • We should throw it off. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).
  • We should fight against it. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand inthe evil day, and having done all, to stand firm (Ephesians 6:12-13). For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:12-13).

3) WHAT ARE THE BLESSINGS AFTER CONFESSION?

  • We are forgiven on our sins. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin (Psalm 32:5). And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name (Acts 10:43).”
  • God considers us righteous. And to the one who does not work but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, His faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin (Romans 4:5-8).” and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith (Philippians 3:9).
  • We are purified from sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
  • We are freed from sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. And, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life (Romans 6:7,18,22). And from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood (Revelation 1:5).
  • We are no longer slaves to sin. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed (Romans 6:6,17).
  • We do not continue a life of sin.  No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God (1 John 3:6,9). We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him (1 John 5:18).
  • We are dead to sin. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you (Romans 8:2,11).
  • We pass from death to life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

III. CONCLUSION

Sin is something that we should not neglect. If a person truly loves God, he will hate what He hates, and sin is one of those things He doesn’t like. As we study the origin of sin and its extent, we’ve learned what kind of destruction sin brings. Because of sin, we were separated from God. There has been a great gap between humans and God because of sin. But since our God is a loving God, He sent His own Son to bring hope. He came down to show us that although sin can separate us from God, Jesus can mend the broken relationship by dying on the Cross shed His blood to become an atonement for our sins. And since God is our only hope, we should cling on Him, have faith on Him and confess our sins to Him.

Let’s never forget that true faith leads us to humble repentance. Although justification is not a process, but sanctification is. And since it is a process, sometimes it could slow down if we won’t allow God to work on us. How’s that possible? We are still in this sinful world, and we still long for that day when we get our glorified bodies. And since this world is full of temptations that attracts the lust that lives in us, we should fight against sin all the time. Yes, we are dead to sin when we belong to Christ, but it takes a humble heart to willingly submit to the works of God. You cannot say you can still keep on sinning although you already have Jesus Christ. That is not true. If the Holy Spirit convicts and illuminates the sin that remains in us, we should willingly fight against it. We need to persevere, and fight the good fight of faith.

Although we sometimes commit mistakes, it doesn’t mean we are already hopeless. Let’s just always admit that we’ve sinned, and let’s be willing enough to live a truly changed life. Trust in the work of the Holy Spirit in you. He will guide you. Just ask for His help all the time. 🙂

Maybe some of you are already wondering why I mentioned about sin when it’s all about punishment and suffering. One of the reasons God punishes us is because of our sins and unwillingness to submit, to have faith in Him and to confess our transgressions. We should know what is sin so that we know what should we be fighting against. Always remember that one of our enemies is ourselves. We still have the lust of the flesh inside of us that’s why when a person asked Jesus Christ on how to become His follower, the first things Christ said is, ‘Deny yourself’.

PS: Stay tuned for the 3rd part! In the next part, I am going to talk about suffering and what is its relation to us. Just be patient. I still have to tackle many things so that in the last part, I will be able to explain the main reason why I started this series.

God bless you all, my readers.

All Glory and Honor belongs to God alone.

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Punishment and Suffering PART 1a: Does God Punish People?

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Punishment and Suffering PART 2a: All About Sin

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