Remedy for sin: a ‘gospel sermon’

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 611 • February 4, 2021

THE GREAT PHYSICIAN’S REMEDY FOR SIN
A “Gospel Sermon”

Mark 2:16-17 (and parallels) provides a basis for calling Jesus the “Great Physician.” In replying to complaints from self-righteous persons about his association with sinners Jesus made an analogy: sin is a spiritual sickness; he is a spiritual physician – not remote and detached but directly involved with his patients. Those who recognize and realize they are sick seek his attention and receive it. Our prime concern should be that of Jesus – healing the sin-sick soul, removal of sin and its consequences from human lives. Continue reading

#forgiveness, #geraldcowan, #pardon, #sin

No issues with our past?

If you pay attention to the recorded dialogue of Israel toward God, between the books of Exodus and Numbers, you will eventually notice one thing about their perspective concerning Egypt and the wilderness – they never had anything bad to say about Egypt!

The Israelite generation who wasted away in the wilderness had numerous complaints about their new found freedom from slavery provided by God but seemingly only “fond” memories of the physical nourishment they enjoyed in Egypt. At one point they wanted to choose new leaders to go back to the land from which God had made them free!

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#salvation, #sin, #spiritual-analogies

Something wonderful happened

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Rejoice in the Lord and be happy, you who are godly! Shout for joy, all you who are morally upright! Psalm 32.11

There is something to be said for living correctly. You do not have to constantly look over your shoulder to see if you are about to get caught.

David writes in Psalm 32 about the negative effects of sin. When he refused to confess his sin, his body wasted away. He groaned in pain all day long.

However, once he confessed his sin and did not try to cover it up any longer, something wonderful happened. God forgave him. David encourages the faithful followers of God to pray while there is a window of opportunity. God will teach us how to live through his word and his faithfulness will overwhelm the one who trusts in him.

Those who are godly and morally upright can rejoice, be happy, and shout for joy!

#risingjoy #Psalms #sin

What does the Bible say about sin

By: Douglas M. Williams Sr.

“Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).

“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is always before me” (Psalm 51:2-3).

In referring to Jesus the Bible says, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29)!

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15). 

“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).

Sin is that which is contrary to the law of God. Sin is doing wrong, and violating the requirement of what is right. The Bible defines sin as “transgression of the law,” that “all unrighteousness is sin,” and “whatever is not from faith is sin” (1 John 3:4; 5:17; Romans 14:23) There are two forms of sin:

  1. The sin of commission, which is, doing anything forbidden by the law of God.

2.  The sin of omission, which is, not doing what is required by the law of God.

The Bible has much to say about sin. Jeremiah 51:5 states, “their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel,” and 1 John 5:19 says, “The whole world lies in wickedness.”

From the time that Adam and Eve first sinned, people have always been guilty of sin. The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Because of sin God destroyed everyone by a flood, except Noah and his family. In view of the above thought, we can understand and know that, sadly, sin is rampart in our world today.

Young’s concordance lists about 700 references to sin. We can see that the Bible has much to say about sin. Sin is a terrible thing to God, and separates people from Him. The Bible lists sins in Matthew 15:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8, and says sin cannot enter heaven. But God has made it possible for us to be forgiven of sin as we obey Jesus who died on the cross for us.

#bible-study, #sin

He became a traitor: Luke 6.16

“… Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.”

Luke 6.16

They all do it. All the four evangelists marked Judas as the future traitor of the Lord. Matthew 10.4. Mark 3.19. John 6.71; 12.4. His sin, never repented of, overshadows every reference to him.

Famous people such as sports figures are often known by big mistakes they make on the field or court. Their accomplishments are forgotten; their mistakes, remembered. Shall we do the same?

#votd #Luke #sin

I am everywhere: Jeremiah 23.24

“‘Do you really think anyone can hide himself where I cannot see him?’ the Lord asks. ‘Do you not know that I am everywhere?’ the Lord asks.”

Jeremiah 23.24

Can God see me? If he sees, does he care? If he cares, will he do anything about it? Won’t he forgive any wrong? Man thinks all sorts of wrong things about God.

What wrong things do I think about God? What Bible truths do I neglect, forget, or twist? How do I justify my sin?

#votd #God #Jeremiah #sin

If your brother sins: Matthew 18.15

“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother.”

Matthew 18.15

Jesus shows how to deal with sin in the church. It is the direct approach. Love does not mean overlooking a brother’s errors. The goal is restoration and salvation.

Don’t talk about other people’s sins to third parties. This is gossip. We sin by doing it. Don’t be a coward. Don’t contribute to division. Love others enough to correct them.

#votd #Matthew #sin #correction

Sins I am unaware of: Psalm 19.12

“Who can know all his errors? Please do not punish me for sins I am unaware of.”

Psalm 19.12

Only God is omniscient. We cannot know ourselves thoroughly. We need his guidance and insight, vv. 7-11. It is important to be aware of what we are unaware of.

Our limited knowledge of ourselves calls for humility. The Christian can be sure that as he walks in the light, the blood of Christ cleanses from all sin.

#votd #Psalms #sin

Leave the trash behind

By Johnny O. Trail — I have a manner of packing after a vacation that I suppose is like the method many other people use. When I leave to return home from vacation, I have one goal in mind—getting home. To that end, I am not always discriminating in the manner of packing up that I engage in to go home. My mantra “Find an empty space and shove it in.” This is especially true when it seems that we always leave with more than we arrived with initially.

Just recently we returned from a vacation in Florida. One of the tasks to be completed before leaving our condominium is cleaning out the remnants of our refrigerator. To this end, we filled a trash bag half full of left over yogurt, chicken salad, sandwich meat, and other sundries. While this was happening I took a load of luggage and other items down to our van for final packing. When I came back to the room, I found the bag of trash and carried it to the van. I did not realize that it was in fact a bag of trash. We occasionally pack unsecured items in trash bags, and I reasoned that the kids had already taken the trash out of the condominium. Continue reading

#holiness, #johnnyotrail, #sin

June 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Sin and Salvation: Part 2)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Dead to Sin, Alive to God (Tom Wacaster)
  • Jesus: The Sinless Sacrifice (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Joy of Forgiveness (Logan Summers)
  • Soberly, Righteously, Godly (Tim Ayers)
  • Heaven, the Home of the Saved (Mike Bonner)
  • Responding to Heaven’s Invitation (Russell M. Kline)
  • To Seek and Save the Lost (John Grubb)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-living, #christian-worker, #forgiveness, #heaven, #jesus, #obedience-to-god, #salvation, #sin

May 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Sin and Salvation: Part 1)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • What is Sin? (Daniel F. Cates)
  • The Christian’s View of Sin (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Types of Sin (Steven Akin)
  • The Effects of Sin (Todd Clippard)
  • Helping a Brother, Lost in Sin (Rob Whitacre)
  • Helping a Child, Lost in Sin (Carl McCann)
  • Hell: The Eternal Consequence of Sin (Ronnie Scherffius)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#avoiding-sin, #christian-worker, #consequences-of-sin, #dealing-with-a-sinning-brother-or-sister-in-christ, #hell, #parenting-difficulties, #refrain-from-sin, #sin

Fools mock at reparation: Proverbs 14.9

“Fools mock at reparation, but among the upright there is favor.”

Proverbs 14.9

“An intelligent man knows that sin cannot be justified and hence knows better than to try. Fools may know enough to recognize sin but are so lacking in good sense they resort to mocking as an ‘alibi’ for their evil deeds. A man who is righteous will gain the favor of God; if he makes a mistake he will make amends to God” (E.M. Zerr).

#votd #Proverbs #sin

Out of the human heart: Mark 7.20-23

“He said, ‘What comes out of a person defiles him. For from within, out of the human heart, come evil ideas, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, evil, deceit, debauchery, envy, slander, pride, and folly. All these evils come from within and defile a person.’”

Mark 7.20-23

Jewish tradition concerned itself with what defiled and made one impure. Jesus went to the heart of the matter. Defilement starts from within, in the mind.

Control of mind starts with Scripture. Reading, meditating, and praying over the Bible purifies and strengthens. God renews the mind, Rom 12.1-2, and thus the whole person.

#votd #sin #mind #heart #inner-person

Sin cannot be controlled nor contained

Which is the more dangerous sin, the one that creates a chemical dependency, such as drugs or alcohol, and destroys a body, or the one that creates an emotional or behavioral aberration, such as envy or complaining, and twists a person’s spirit?

via The more dangerous sin – Walking with God

This is a shameless plug for my devotional article today. I invite you to read it and comment with your perspective.

#links, #sin

Writing: 1 John 2.1 VOTD

“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.”

1 John 2.1 NLT

John writes that God’s marvelous plan has us covered in all circumstances. False teachers claimed sin was a non-issue. God considers it serious, so much so that Jesus serves as advocate.

The Lord doesn’t expect sinless people. He expects people not to live for sin. What are some wrong ideas about sin that people have?

#sin #Jesus #Advocate #VOTD