Moving Forward

As we conclude our series today, it's important to understand that this is an extremely serious subject.

God's view of sin is not a good one. The Bible all but explicitly states that He hates it. God's course of action to eradicate sin was infinitely costly; the death of His own Son! His call for those who believe is to leave their captivity (sin) and walk in the freedom of His ways (righteousness) never to look back!

In light of all that's been done, for us to trivialize sin in such a way as to think it as harmless as a paper cut is to insult the God of the universe. Trust me when I say God hates sin today the same as He always has.

The writer of Hebrews makes this point as clear as one can make it:

For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him, who said, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY." And again, "THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE." It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. - Hebrews 10:26-31

Here are a few points I'd like us to ponder as we move forward in God's call to holiness:

1. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

2.  The wages of sin are death.

3.  The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.

4.  You've been given everything you need pertaining to life and godliness.

5.  We are to live according to the standard to which we have already achieved.

6.  Temptation can lead to sin, but it's not the same thing.

7.  Continuing to sin willfully is deadly.

8.  God's mercy is waiting for those who make mistakes (although still sin).

9. God's call to holiness and perfection are the most real forms of freedom any of us can experience!

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