Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Four Points of Holiness. Part 3

God is an impartial judge. He hates sin in the life of a believer as much as He does in the life of unbelievers. Just because you're a believer, God has not gone soft on it. He hates it wherever He finds it.

The above statement makes a lot of sense and is also part of the sermon. One does not have to be a Christian to believe that. Every religion out there has a god who hates wrong and therefore must hate the doer of wrong. Christianity however, teaches something vastly different. Christianity is ridiculous when one approaches it from common sense perspective. Therefore it is wrong to attempt to teach it from that perspective.

1 Peter 1:10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. ESV

That is the mind blowing nature of the Gospel. The prophets of old were indeed intrigued by this and rightly so. Those acquainted with a Holy God find it an impossibility to get right with Him. So it is amazing and totally unexpected that God Himself would take sin on Himself and pay the penalty. That is Amazing Grace that saved a wretch like me.

Yes God would hate sin in the life of a believer as much as He does in an unbeliever. But the good news is He does not see sin in a child of His.

Psalm 32: 1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.2 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. ESV

Wow is the word that best describes the above passage. Imagine God looking at a poor miserable sinner who justly deserves His present and eternal punishment as having no sin. The thanks for this belong to Jesus who bore all our sin on the cross. He suffered the entire penalty for the sin of all people for all time. When one receives this by the hand of faith he or she can go forth in joy, peace and confidence no longer to worry about his or her relationship to God. This knowledge would cause one to strive against sin and repent of sin that will occur in spite of the striving.

Glory be to the Father and to the † Son and to the Holy Spirit.


Matthew aka Herr Doktor said...

Awesome series, Dave. Keep up the good work.
The religions of men cannot conceive of the freeness offered by Christ in the gospel. The old man rears its ugly head every time the grace of Christ is presented to us in Word and Sacrament. "Water cannot raise someone to new spiritual life. It's just ritual!" "You can't possibly think God will forgive you simply because He chooses to, you have to earn it!" Let all the saints who have had their hearts freed from dead works rejoice in the mercy of our Savior. Amen.

David said...

Indeed. Thanks be to God! Thank you for stopping by herr doktor!

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