Our Sin Problem
Man has a sin problem. Our sins separate us from God. Isaiah
59:2, "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have
hidden His face from you, so that he will not hear". It is our sins that have caused the separation. In
Romans 3:23, we are told, "For all have
sinned and fall short of the glory of God". There is not an accountable person living or who has ever
lived (except our Lord), who can say that he has never sinned. We are all in need of salvation. 1 John 1:8 says,
"If we say we have no sin, we deceive
ourselves, and the truth is not in us". The easiest person to deceive is ourselves. We rationalize
away what God says when we say we have not sinned. God says that man has a sin problem, but man says that he does not.
Who is right and what are we doing to God when we say that we have no sin? Continuing our reading in 1 John 1:10, "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." God is always right when He tells us that we have all sinned.
In Romans 6:23 we read, "For the
wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord". Death is a separation.
When we die physically, our body is placed into the grave, but our spirit is separated from our dead body and goes back to
God, who gave it. We are told in Ecclesiastes 12:7, "Then the dust will return
to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it". In physical death, there is a separation
between our body and our soul.
In Romans 6:23, we saw that, "For the wages of sin is death". This is a spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God for
those who are lost. The majority of people will experience spiritual death and be separated from God. They cannot
go and be with God in Heaven. This leaves only one place for them to go, Hell. We see Hell spoken of as the second
death in Revelation 21:8, "the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death". The
second death is eternal separation from God.
Lesson # 4
Our Sin Problem
1. What separates us from God? (Isaiah
A. A great space.
B. Our goodness.
C. Our sins and iniquities
2. If we stay in our sins, God will
still hear us.
3. If we say we have no sin: (1 John
A. We are deceiving ourselves.
B. We are correct.
C. We don’t really know for sure.
4. If we say we have never sinned
we are telling the truth.
5. How many accountable people have
sinned? (Romans 3:23)
6. God knows when we sin.
7. In physical death: (Ecclesiastes
A. Our soul is separated fro the body.
B. Both our soul and body go into the grave.
C. Both our soul and body cease to exist.
8. In death our soul ceases to exist.
9. If we die with our sins: (Romans
A. We will have a second chance in purgatory.
B. We will be eternally separated from God
C. We will cease to exist.
10. If we are separated from God, we are lost.
11. The second death: (Revelation 21:8)
A. Is when we die physically.
B. Will never happen.
C. Is Hell which is a lake of fire and brimstone.
12. If we do not go to Heaven we will go to Hell.