How and Why God Had To Deal With Sin.

One of the things that is hard for many to understand is how God, if he exists, can place any demands on us and tell us that we need Jesus to forgive our sins. Most people think that they are quite good and live a good life, so what do they need Jesus for? Assuming God exists, what have they done that's so wrong?

Well let's look at that for a few moments.

If God exists and He made you then He has the right to say how you should live. He made the product, he also writes the manual. And, if you are looking at life in terms of good and evil or right and wrong then the holy, righteous God of the bible has perfect, righteous standards.

The holy, righteous standard is the law. Paul tells us that the law is holy, righteous and good. And the Law says in the section in EX 20....

Ex 20:1-17
1 And God spoke all these words:
2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

So judged by the law are YOU good?

Have you ever coveted anything that belonged to someone else?
Have you ever stolen anything? So what does that make you?
Have you ever lied? Then what does 'that' make you?
Have you ever looked on anyone with lust? That's adultery in your heart.
Have you ever hated any one? That's the spirit of murder.

If you have done any of those things then you are a sinner. And when God, the righteous judge, judges you there can only be one judgment - GUILTY! And the penalty is DEATH! ETERNAL DEATH!

It does not matter how 'good' you think that you have been otherwise. A righteous judge can only bring in one verdict - GUILTY!

So what can be done to avert your paying the price for your sins? If someone who does not deserve to die (is sinless) were to volunteer to die in place of you, then 'you' could be spared! There is no other way to free you and at the same time have God stay righteous.

Jesus died a horrible death on the cross taking all your sins into his body and what is more taking your punishment and God's wrath against those sins on your behalf. ALL of God's wrath against ALL sin was absorbed by Jesus and then He cried, "It is finished!"

Knowing that He had a plan to save us from ourselves, God from the beginning acted by His grace when dealing with mankind and their part was to live by faith in Him.

If you look at the course of the world from Adam to Sinai you will see God operated under His default position of Grace through Faith and no-one that he was working with was condemned and then executed. Not one!

Then at Sinai the Children of Israel boasted that they could handle things themselves; That whatever God said they would obey! If you have a right understanding of what this means, you'd realise that given the fact that they had been rebellious throughout the journey from Egypt, breaking the Sabbath and other commands, then to make this statement shows an arrogance and belief in themselves that's simply breath-taking!

So God in effect said, "Show Me!"

And after God gave them the ten commandments to obey, their first action was to make a golden calf to worship instead of the true God. Three thousand people died as a result, and every time that there was rebellion in the camp some of God's people died. They died by the sword, by plagues, by the earth opening up and swallowing them, by serpents biting them, by other nations defeating them and by being taken into captivity. All because THEY said God could judge them by THEIR performance.

In fact, just to make sure that they did not forget that they brought this on themselves and it's not what God originally had in mind, Moses points this out to them in Deuteronomy, Chapter 5, verses 2-3.

Deu 5:2-3 Jehovah our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. Jehovah did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, all of us here, alive today.

The result of putting faith in oneself to keep the Law is so marked that it's no wonder that this ministry that the Children of Israel brought on themselves is called, "the ministry of death!"

2Co 3:7-9 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory.

Paul also calls it "the ministry of condemnation!"

But this condemnation and death and ultimate eternal death does not have to apply to us, provided we accept Jesus' death on the cross as payment for our sins and receive Him as Saviour and Lord.

We live by putting faith in Jesus - Gal 3:11 "The just shall live by faith".

For those who do this, just as in the days of grace from Adam to Sinai, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ.

Rom 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

We live by faith in Jesus, not faith in ourselves. He and the Father dwell in us and live through us by the Holy Spirit.

Joh 14:23 Jesus answered him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Php 2:13 for it is God who is working in you, both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

What a wonderful God we love and worship who died for us and put in place a way whereby we can have everlasting life with Him and a fullfilled life now as we put faith in Him and follow His guidance through the Holy Spirit in us.

His grace is super-abundant. Great is His faithfullness.


Grace and Law in Ancient Israel. Click Here.
How should We Pray? Click Here.
And forgive us our sins. Click Here.
Lead us not into temptation. Click Here.
Deliver us from the Evil One. Click Here.

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