Sin Remedies

Sin is a transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). Sin is neglecting to do God’s will (James 4:7). Sin brings guilt for our conscience and damnation for our soul.
Many remedies are used to ease the pain of guilt and calm the fear of judgment.
Some try to ignore it. They try to hide the evidence and put it out of their mind. But God knows.
Some try to deny the sin. They lie about it. They think if they can convince others that they are not guilty, God will also be deceived. But you cannot fool God.
Some try to redefine sin to make it a mere mistake or a cultural taboo. But God’s will cannot be changed to conform to the times.
Some try to excuse sin. They feel that what they did was caused by other people or a bad environment. God does not accept excuses.
Some think that grace will cover their sins without their repentance. They think, “God is so gracious he will overlook my sin.” Such is a perversion of grace. God is both gracious in his goodness, but also severe in his judgment.
There is only one remedy for sin — the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. He bore our sins in his own body. The only way for this sacrifice to be effective in covering my sins is by repenting and doing the Lord’s will. This alone removes our sins from the mind of God and lifts the guilt from our convicted soul.

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Retaliation

If we are hurt, put down, abused, or cheated, our first impulse is to “get even” or “get back.” The law of Moses allowed this. It was eye for eye and tooth for tooth. The attitude was, “If you hurt me, I will hurt you.” Jesus taught us to respond in a different way. “You have heard that it was said, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, do not resist him who is evil” (Matthew 5:38,39). Jesus knew that evil cannot be conquered by retaliation. Returning evil for evil only … Continue reading Retaliation

Why Study the Bible?

It is God’s Word. We have it because “men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:21). It is truth that reveals the mind of God. Jesus said, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). It is the source of faith in Jesus Christ. John gave his purpose for writing his gospel as, “…these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31). It is the standard of right and wrong. It is by the practice of the Word that we have our “…senses trained to discern good and … Continue reading Why Study the Bible?

Brotherhood

Every child of God is my brother or sister. If God is his father, then I am his brother. I do not choose him because he is desirable, I just recognize him because he has been chosen by God. He, like I am, is an important and necessary part of the family. He is not to be put out or put down. We are not to make him feel that we “dutifully” put up with him. Paul used the analogy of the physical body to show the importance of even the weakest and most unattractive child of God. “…it is … Continue reading Brotherhood

Traditions: Good or Bad?

To one person, religious traditions stimulate warm secure feelings. They are cherished, time-honored customs and a part of his religious heritage. He can sing with reverence: “Faith of our fathers, holy faith! We will be true to thee till death!” To another person traditions bind religious beliefs and practices no longer relevant in our time. They are despised and should be discarded. How should we regard traditions? Can we separate the good from the bad? The Scriptures speak of both kinds. The religious traditions of men are bad. They do not come from God and must not be bound upon … Continue reading Traditions: Good or Bad?

Every Member Is Important

Some of the Christians at Corinth had a poor self image. They were “ungifted” and felt inferior to those who possessed the showy miraculous gifts of speaking in foreign languages. They felt “left out” in the church and “unimportant.” Paul used an analogy to deal with this problem. The church, he said, is the body of Christ. Every Christian is a member of this spiritual body, just as the arm and leg are members of our physical body. They are connected and interdependent. The poor self-perception of the “ungifted” is reflected in the text. “Because I am not a hand, … Continue reading Every Member Is Important

It's Good to Be Sure

There are many things we do not know. Some things we do not know because we have never investigated ? like the average life span of a kangaroo. Some things we do not know because they are beyond the scope of our limited experience on Planet Earth ? like the number of galaxies in the Universe. Some things we do not know because they are beyond our limited capacity to know as created beings ? the secret things belong to God. We need only to trust Him who does know. That’s faith. God has revealed His will for man in … Continue reading It's Good to Be Sure

Grace Only?

Man needs grace. He finds that he is a sinner – one who has rebelled against God’s will. He is guilty and lost and can do nothing to save himself. His judgment is damnation without hope. Grace is the unmerited favor of God. It cannot be earned by good works or bought with money. God unconditionally gave it to man without cost. That is what makes it grace. Paul described it thus: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). Grace is free to man, but … Continue reading Grace Only?

True Worship

Worshipping God is more than saying the right word at the right time and place. Jesus corrected such a misconception with the woman of Samaria. “…Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father….God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:21,24). Worshipping God is more than giving a pleasing performance to show your devotion. Jesus corrected such a perverted view of worship in the Sermon on the Mount. “And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for … Continue reading True Worship

Worship Is Inside Out

Do religious rituals seem cold? Do sacred ceremonies seem meaningless? Is worship impersonal, merely an exercise in demanded duty? Do worship periods make you feel as if you are an audience watching a professional performance? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then read on. The Bible teaches that worship is a spiritual fellowship with God. It is not emotional excitement, magic rituals, or holy words, but submission of our own will to the will of God. This submission involves the inner man ? his mind to reason, his heart to feel, and his spirit to will. If … Continue reading Worship Is Inside Out