Sin's RewardBro. David Chancellor
5/18/2003 11:00 AM
When people find God, it gives them a reason for living. He gives them a purpose. Because of this, we have a life worth living for.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Consider sin. Sin is destructive. Sin makes life bitter and hard. Sin works death. In Adam and Eve's case, God told them that if they ate of that tree, they would surely die. When sin works in the life of an individual, death is also there. Where sin works, there is a separation between that one and God. When God came walking at the cool of the day, Adam and Eve were hiding. Sin works where man can't face God. When men willfully disobey what God has to say, death is the result.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.
"Blessed is the man that endures temptation." The man that goes through temptation without being overcome by it is blessed and will receive a crown of life. The temptation is to see whether you love God or the world more. Temptation comes through desires. Sin brings forth death. When sin happens, death follows, in every case. Sin brings death. A man needs to endure temptation. If he does, he'll receive life. If he doesn't, he'll receive death. Eternal life and death are incompatible. To love God and do things he finds to be displeasing is incompatible. If we love God, we'll not be purposely doing things to hurt him. "I can't help it" doesn't sound like "endures." It takes the power of God to stand. When men sin, something comes between them and God. Guilt goes with sin. We're concerned when a soul think they can do whatever and no guilt be there. The child of God cries to God for strength to endure. If you keep your eyes fixed on God, you can endure and go through.
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
Paul knew at one time he didn't have sin, but then he received enlightenment of what God wanted. Some people think they get life and sin revives and they're still fine. Paul said that when sin revived, he died. Paul wasn't teaching that men could sin and have eternal life. It would be quite a combination to have death and life together. The revival of sin separates from God. Eternal life is having the presence of God. When sin comes, God leaves. If we would have the abiding presence of God, we need to walk with him on his path, his way. God's way is not a bad way. His commandments aren't grievous. John tells us that (in 1 John) and he felt that he was loved by God. John loved God back. A person who doesn't have God's love within finds Gods commandments to be grievous. When sin revives, death follows. It necessitates getting things straightened out with God again.
Ezekiel 18:4, 2
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. ... What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
God makes it personal. Each soul is responsible for its actions. "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." We don't go to heaven on the family system. God's judgment rests on the soul that sins. He doesn't turn off the natural law for your benefit. He does have mercy and forgives and gives new life, but if you sin, your soul will die again. It will last forever if you walk with God forever. If you sin, you separate yourself from eternal life. It separates the soul from God.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
The wonder of salvation is that we have been made free from the power of sin, that causes people to sin and die. This freedom is found in the walk of the Spirit. You overcome sin by drawing on God and walking in the Spirit. To be able to endure and overcome temptation you have to have God help you to defeat the devil. God can help you to recognize the trap of the devil. Sin is made to appear to be something it isn't something desirable, something pleasurable. We need to see in the devil's trap that things aren't as they should be. You can walk the holy way. If you will rest in God you'll have victory over temptation. It's God that enables the Christian to live a holy life. We need to keep our hand in God's and walk with him. We can be set free from sin and death. Death is not ruling in our lives today. If death still rules you, come to God and find life. We can live without condemnation because all is clear with us and Christ. Come and be set free. Find life in Jesus Christ. Its a more abundant life.