1999-06-12 - Sin
Many times people have asked this statement in various forms, "Why did God not suppress or banish evil or sin immediately?"
Genesis 18:25 " Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
Such an act would have been contrary to the fundamental principles of God's moral government. We know that at the conclusion of the Millennium God will eliminate the power of sin from the world. Remember that God's choices are always in accordance with His dominant characteristics: truth, love and holiness. God cannot be coerced or forced. The fact that He has not removed sin and will not until the appointed time, is proof that it is not logical for Him to do so until then.
Satan, by opposing God's will, corrupted his own nature. God removed him from his position as the anointed cherub. Satan is now being used to execute the wrath of God against the very sin Satan introduced into the world.
Hebrews 2:14,15 Since then the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he (Jesus the Son of God) also himself in like manner partook of the same; that through death he might bring to nought him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver all them that through fear of death, were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
Death is part of the divine decree against sin. This decree was placed in Satan's power when sin entered the world. The presence of sin breaks man's fellowship and communion with God. Satan held this power of death over all men until Christ died on the cross. Then and there Christ destroyed Satan's power of death over the believer.
The primary meaning of death is "separation". When applied to man this indicates a separation from God, the source of both physical and spiritual life. Man began to sin the day he took of the forbidden fruit. He was expelled from the Garden of Eden and separated from communion and fellowship with God. Death culminates in eternal separation from God unless the individual is restored to to fellowship with God by the removal of sin,which is the cause of death.
1 John 5:12,13 He that hath the Son hath the life; he that hath not the Son of God hath not the life. These things have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God.
How is sin "removed"?
1 Peter 2:21-24 For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.
Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. The cross of Jesus bridges the gap between sinful man and Holy God.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.I wonder what the world would be like without sin. One day all believers will know.
So it is with great anticipation that we pray, "Come Lord Jesus!"
In His Service,