The Sin Problem
This is a brief overview of the sin problem, as seen from God's perspective.
God loves us, but He doesn't want us to break His Law, the Ten Commandments.
- No other gods
- No idols
- No blasphemy
- Keep the Sabbath (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset)
- Honour your father and mother
- No murder
- No adultery
- No stealing
- No lying
- No coveting
Breaking God's Law comes with the death penalty.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Romans 6:23 (KJV)
God respects your free will, and will not force His Law on you.
Without the shedding of blood there can be no remission (of sin).
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
- Hebrews 9:22 (KJV)
Fortunately for us, someone else can take our place, provided that that person is without sin.
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
- 1 Peter 1:19 (KJV)
And if you believe that Jesus did that for you, you will have everlasting life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
- John 3:16 (KJV)
Salvation then, is by grace through faith.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
- Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
This gives us a way to back to God, the Father.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
- John 14:6 (KJV)
God's Love was clearly demonstrated at the cross.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
- John 15:13 (KJV)
Remember that God is still working towards a situation where no one breaks His Law.
The situation as it is today, does not solve the sin problem, because there still is sin in the world.
The Holy Spirit
No created being can keep God's Law without Help.
We just don't know where the dividing between good and evil is.
There are three things that the Holy Spirit does for us:
- Teach us all things
- Bring all things to our remembrance
- Reprove us of sin
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
- John 14:26 (KJV)
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
- John 16:8 (KJV)
We currently have the Holy Spirit as a deposit.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
- Ephesians 1:13-14 (KJV)
But when the Holy Spirit is poured out without measure, the conviction of sin will be so strong, that we won't sin anymore.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
- Ezekiel 36:26-27 (KJV)
We can clearly see that God will not compromise His Law. There's absolute no way He'll change it.
We can also see God's great Mercy in all of this, e.g. He is willing to forgive us, provided we acknowledge that we have sinned, and ask for forgiveness.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- 1 John 1:9 (KJV)
Jesus' blood covers our sins, but our redemption came at a great price.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
- Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)
When we voluntarily choose to live by God's Law (with a little Help), we can live in harmony with God again.
Either way, we should be thankful, and accept the offer of Grace.