Monday, August 3, 2009

Sin's Consequences

Is sin costly or does our salvation remove all of the consequences?

We know we are saved from the penalty of sin (justification) at the moment of our salvation. Sanctification is our being saved from sins power. When we stand in glory before Jesus we will be glorified, saved from sin's presence.

As believers all of our sin is covered by the blood. In salvation we come to that realization and acknowleding Jesus as our "personal" Savior. But, does that nullify the consequences of our sin? Let us say I have a hidden sin that no one knows about. I struggle with it daily, some days are better than others. On the days when I give into it what are the consequences? If no one knows, then I alone struggle with the misery of knowing I committed a sin before a holy God. How do I know if God is disciplining me? When I get sick is it sickness or God's rod? When I wreck my car, break my favorite item, smash my toe could this be consequences or coincidence?

What keeps God's children continuing to maturity? God knows I am not perfect, he knows I will struggle with my sin until the day I die. So, what should make me want to not sin? If I am completely forgiven what do I have to worry about? I got my "Ticket to Heaven!"


Mark the servant said...

It comes down to how much we love God and respect what Jesus did to relieve us from judgement. Jesus was the propitiation for our everyday sin, past, present, and future. We know right from wrong and WE CHOOSE to do right or wrong. For some reason we think that life on earth has some type of infinite value when it is really meaningless. Therefore, we should forget about ourselves and think of others only and be looking only towards the everlasting afterlife with the Almighty. Our job is to have an allout relationship with God that will give us freedom from the bondage of sin that will inturn help us to be amplifiers of the gospel.

Paul Simpson said...

Mark, I am concerned about your statement, "For some reason we think that life on erth has some type of infinite value whenit is really meaningless." Are you saying that life right now, as we know it, is absolutely unnecessary? That what we do now does not matter? If this life is meaningless why should we bother with thinking of others then as you say a few lines later? Isn't an allout relationship with God that gives us freedom from the bondage of sin make this life meaningfull?

Mark the servant said...

I am sorry, I should have clarified that a little that life outside of the spiritual realm is fleeting and has no eternal value. When we are chasing after anything other than God, then we are foolishly wasting our time on earth when we could be trying to witness to lost souls that r going to the lake of fire. We pass people by everyday and never say a word to them about Christ. So what I am saying is that we feel secure in our salvation that we let life go by and maybe only talk to a few people about Christ. I think that gate is a little more narrow than we want to believe. Maybe God only wants those people that are sold out for Him.

Paul Simpson said...

Amen, my brother! Good perspective!