The Message of ChristBro. David Chancellor
9/15/2002 6:00 PM
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
This speaks of Gods greatness and goodness and what he gave in the law. The law of Moses is past, but the law of God is just as real today as it always has been. With all the good things there were to be said about the law, there was the problem of living it. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent form the great transgression This one was concerned that he would be clear before God. This should also be something that we desire.
And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses, Even all that the LORD hath commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that the LORD commanded Moses, and henceforward among your generations; Then it shall be, if ought be committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savour unto the LORD, with his meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering. And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance: And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance. And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him. Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them. But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.
This speaks of sins of ignorance and sins of presumption. The law makes a difference here. Under the law they brought their sin offering for ignorance and it would be forgiven. The sin of presumption is when they knew what the law was, and decided to go their own way anyway. If you did this, you were no longer accepted as one of Gods people. There was no sacrifice of atonement for a presumptuous sin.
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Under the law there was atonement for ignorance. The New Testament doesnt define sins as an act of ignorance, but as an act of willing disobedience. The law couldnt accomplish a change in mankind. We need the day of grace. There has been a way made to find atonement for presumptuous sins. The people were born an Israelite. If they sinned a presumptuous sin, they were cut off. God has offered us salvation, although we were unworthy to receive it. We have to plead Gods grace.
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
If we sin willfully, we are responsible. When in the Old Testament the Israelites went against knowledge, they were cut off without hope. Except for the fact it is the day of grace, the sinner would be without hope. If we despise the Son of God, we deserve worse punishment. What people will meet in the judgment is more than their sins, but the fact that they refused the Savior of mankind. Sin is a very serious thing. The grace of God is offered to mankind. Christ saw the heart of man and the rebelliousness there. The person in sin is a rebel against God. God offers mercy to whomever might be found in sin. He knows, but he still offers mercy. He invites us, though we were sinners, to come and to have our sins washed away. The great transgression of this day is to sin away the day of grace. Its a sad condition to go through the day of grace and ignore Gods mercy. God is not unapproachable. Hes offered mercy to all mankind. Gods not out to get humanity. He offers mercy and grace. When you come to the place of grace, you wont leave it to go and sin some more. The rebelling and wanting your own way comes to a stop and you desire to go Gods way.
1 John 2:1-2
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Jesus can argue our case and make payment for our sins. He came so that we wouldnt have to sin anymore. He came for the sins of the whole world. If you dont come to Christ for forgiveness, youve treated his death as an unholy thing. The blood has been shed. The price for your sins has been paid. Its already there. Weve been reconciled and made one with God. If things were done the way of the old law, wed never make it. When we get saved, were acknowledging that we had been rebellious and going our own way. There was a time when God overlooked ignorance, but now we are commanded to repent. He is our advocate, Savior and friend. Anyone who claims to be saved without the blood of Jesus has missed out. John is making no excuse for sin here. Theres never any room been made for people to sin and it go unpunished. It wont be ignored. Christ paid a very dear price for our sins. The sinning must stop. God will be merciful to the soul that repents and comes to him. People need to hear of the advocate that is merciful, caring, and able to reconcile us to God. Turn away from that which despises God. Its a fearful thing to fall into the hands of God, but today, mercy is offered. Hes already shed his blood so that you can be cleansed. Call out to him today.