Posts Tagged ‘Sin

24
May
18

Our Connection To The Creation

In the beginning, God created everything. He created the heavens and the earth and every plant and animal. He created humanity in His image and everything was very good. Then, humanity fell in the Garden of Eden when Adam sinned. God pronounced curses on the serpent and on Adam and Eve. God said that even the ground and the creation would be cursed because of sin. In Romans 8, Paul links humanity and creation. He wrote:

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. – Romans 8:20-21 (NIV)

When Christ returns, He will not only set humanity free from the curses of sin and death, but the creation will be set free from its curse of decaying. When Jesus returns, He will make everything right again and we look forward to that day with expectation.
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07
May
18

No Condemnation

At the end of Romans 7, the apostle Paul says that he doesn’t understand why he continues to sin even though he hates it. He expresses his frustration with the sin in his life and wonders who can save him. He gives thanks to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul then writes:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

When God forgives your sins through Jesus and justifies you by grace through faith in Him, you are set free from the condemnation and consequences of sin. Eternal death is no longer in your future. Eternal life is your destiny. There is NO condemnation for those who belong to Christ. Any talk of condemnation is a lie from the enemy. Who will you choose to believe today? The One who paid the penalty for your sin or the one who tries to keep you enslaved to it? Trust Jesus for He has set you free.
20
Apr
18

The Lord Our God

In the Ten Commandments, God gives His people a set of rules to abide by that will protect them in the community of faith. He begins by identifying Himself and reminding them of what He had done for the Israelites. Moses wrote:

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. – Exodus 20:1-2 (NIV)

God didn’t bring us out of slavery in Egypt, but He did deliver us from slavery and bondage to sin and its consequences. God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to deliver us from sin. Sin owned us as slaves. We were held in bondage to its power over us. Jesus, who never sinned, went to the cross as the perfect and acceptable human sacrifice in order to forgive our many sins and set us free. Sin no longer has control over us. We have been freed from the consequences of sin. Hell is no longer our destiny. God has delivered us from sin and darkness and is leading us to the Promised Land of Heaven.

11
Feb
18

Jesus Frees Us From Prison

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Galatians 3:15-25.

22
Jan
18

Giving An Account

Peter wrote about the lifestyles of the pagans in chapter 4, verse 3 and said that they were surprised that the Christians wouldn’t join them in their behavior. The Christians once lived that way, but did not live that way anymore. Because they wouldn’t join in on their sinful ways, they persecuted the followers of Christ. Peter then wrote:

But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. – 1 Peter 4:5 (NIV)

Jesus is our Savior, but He is also our Judge. For those who trust Jesus for salvation, this is really good news. The One who will judge us is the One who died to save us. For those who persecute Christians, they don’t realize that Jesus takes it personally. When you persecute His family, you’re persecuting Jesus. Imagine standing before Him as your Judge when you’ve been persecuting His family. That’s a scary thought! We all have to give an account for how we’ve lived. Let’s live to share the love of Jesus with everyone we meet.
21
Jan
18

Jesus Frees Us From Our Past

The latest message from Griffith 1st Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This is the second message in our series, “Jesus Frees Us” and is based on Galatians 1:11-24.

19
Jan
18

We Don’t Live That Way Anymore

Every follower of Jesus has a past. We all have a transformation story. We used to live one way, now we’re living differently. This was as true in the first century as it is now. Peter writes:

For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. – 1 Peter 4:3-4 (NIV)

Notice what he says about persecution. When we live differently and we don’t go along with the crowd, we are abused and persecuted. People who live for Jesus stick out like a sore thumb. We should never look down on others or condemn them. That’s not our job. We need to make sure that we are living righteous lives that please our Heavenly Father instead of sinning with the crowd. We should rejoice when persecuted for great is our reward in Heaven.



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