Sin and its Remedy
Man is a sinner, not because he sins, — Rather — he sins because he IS a sinner. Recently a man playing cards was overheard to say to another, “Hey! You’ll go to hell for lying as well as for stealing.” ONE DOES NOT GO TO HELL for lying at a card game, and ONE DOES NOT GO TO HELL for robbing a bank — but — people DO go to hell for REJECTING JESUS CHRIST, and the pardon that ONLY His shed blood can bring.
Jesus says in John 3:7, “Ye must be born again.” Then, and only then, will your appetite for sin change, and you will “hunger and thirst after righteousness…” Matthew 5:6.
Many very religious people have never been born again, and yet they wonder why they have a hard time “DOING BETTER.” They wonder why the things of the world, “The lust of the flesh” and “The pride of life,” I John 2:16 are so attractive to them.
In Romans 8, verses 5, 6 and 7 we read, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”
No matter how religious he is, a man retains his sinful nature until he is “born of the Spirit.” John 3:6. He may have good desires, and try to do better and better, and sin less and less, but his sinful nature dominates him.
He is like the addict who tries to curb himself, only to find he is quite helpless to do so. Many today attend church, hoping that somehow this will help them. The 20th Century liberalist preacher is quite glib at salving the conscience and “glossing-over” sin. Many are made to think it quite natural to have sinful tendencies. This is not true. The Bible condemns it. The born-again person has entirely new desires. In First John 3:9 we read, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
II Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
As you read this you may say, “How can these things be?” Centuries ago a man named Nicodemus, asked the same question. Please read John chapter 3 for yourself. The one great need of man is to discover the “Pearl of Great Price,” Matthew 13:45,46, and be born anew.
But to find, we must seek. In Matthew 7:14 Jesus tells us that, “Narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” In verse 7 of this same chapter we are promised we can find it if we will, and reader, there is an eternity of difference between accepting and neglecting to accept, the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, while here in this life.
Please turn to Matthew 25:32-34. “And before Him shall be gathered all nations; and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…” verse 41, “Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels…” You have accepted the things you see with your eyes as real — now accept the SPIRITUAL, the UNSEEN, as these are even MORE REAL.
My friend, you will freely admit that you have made many mistakes in life. These seemed very important to you.
Let me assure you that nothing is as important as to make sure of your eternal salvation.
The mistakes you have made will soon pass away, but to make this eternal mistake is a TRAGEDY to endure throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity. This need not be.
The Bible says in Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”