[a] Just a short time ago, I was speaking to some of you
about the depths to which some so called scientists will turn to prove
the imagined theory of evolution!
[b] A couple of years ago, they discovered a pre-historic tooth!
"Great!" most of us might say, "did it have any fillings."
[c] Believe it or not, the news had not long broken, when they showed pictures on the television, of the half man - half animal that it was supposed to have come from!
[d] ALL THAT FROM A TOOTH! Sometimes I wish I was that clever!
Well, I don't really, because it was a classic case of the Bible being fulfilled and the world's wisdom being such foolishness in the eyes of God, and of Christians, who know the One, Who is the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things! A mighty God, Who made man in His Own image.
MAY I REMIND YOU THIS MORNING, THAT A MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THAT IMAGE IS HOLINESS AND SINLESSNESS!!
ADAM WAS WARNED!
[a] God told Adam straight, "Do not eat of the fruit
of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil - if you do - it will bring
[b] Why is it, that when something is denied us - we want it more than anything!
[c] How many of us have used reverse psychology on our children, and got them to do something, by getting them to believe we wanted the opposite.
[d] God says so clearly in the Bible, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." And also "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
[e] Mankind has been given the Ten Commandments, and what a miserable mess we've made out of trying to keep them!
If anyone thinks they can get to Heaven through keeping
them, they better think again - for we have broken every one of them -
if not in action, then definitely in thought, and Jesus reminds us that
He knows our thoughts, and that sins of the imagination are extremely important
in His sight.
[f] I remember my horror as a child, when I heard of another child, who disregarded warnings on an electricity pylon, and was electrocuted climbing it!
I remember thinking - "Why wouldn't he take heed of the warnings?"
[g] The Corps Secretary in our last appointment, was given the MBE by the Queen, in the last honours list, for his work in charge of the coastguard, in the area from which the helicopter winch-man came, who was lost so tragically this past week.
Arthur would soon tell us many more stories of horror, of those who have been lost, because warnings of bad weather were not acted upon. Others who did not bother with life-jackets or emergency flares.
[h] With all the warnings God has given, is it any wonder He says in Ezekiel 18:31, "Why will ye die?"
ADAM WAS TEMPTED
[a] In Aberdeen, North Scotland, there is a Nightclub
called 'The Ministry of Sin'
An advertising poster boasts 'So wicked - it is sinful'
[b] Sin attracts - after all, you know that if someone buys the Sunday papers, it is not for the wholesome contents and the good it will do their souls.
Someone once told me about a Christian who came out of his church on a Sunday morning, straight into the paper shop next door to get his Sunday papers.
GUESS WHO SHOWED THEY GOT NOTHING OUT OF THE MEETING???
AN IF HE DID - IT WAS ABOUT TO GET WASHED AWAY IN THE TIDE OF FILTH, THAT WAS ABOUT TO BURST IN ON HIS MIND!
[c] Not let me say, that anyone who says, that sin in some shape or form doesn't tempt them, IS LYING!! The devil makes sure it is like a huge magnet drawing us down! We must live close to the Lord in order to have the power to resist!
It is NOT a sin to be tempted! But it most certainly IS A SIN to provide the temptation!!! AND THEM BLAME GOD FOR NOT KEEPING US FROM FALLING!!
EVERY TEMPTATION IS THE DOORWAY TO A CHRISTLESS LIFE!
[d] Heb 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
[e] Jesus knows the full power of temptation - He his felt it - but He rose above it- that is why He understands, and can give us the help, understanding and ability to overcome it also!
[f] The Bible is telling us that we have enormous resources to draw upon - but naturally that is only possible as we live close to our Lord!
ADAM DECIDED TO TRY THE FRUIT!
[a] What harm in just a little bite?? After all - who
would ever know?
[b] It's the little secret sins we think we can get away with, isn't it?
[c] What we fail to realise is, that it poisons our lives!
[d] God knows all about the secret sins of the heart. He says,
"I the Lord search the heart."
[e] Secret sin has a way of rearing it's ugly head, sooner or later, and affecting both our life and relationship with God
You'll remember some years ago, the American evangelist Jimmy Swaggart.
He was a man ministering effectively to millions through television, and his worldwide singing and musical recordings. A highly gifted individual!
IN A MOMENT OF TIME ALL THAT WAS WIPED OUT, BECAUSE HIS SECRET SIN WAS MADE MANIFEST!
ADAM FOUND HE WAS TRAPPED!
[a] Adam suddenly found that his secret sin had trapped
[b] Previously in their sinless state, it meant nothing, but now they realised they were naked!
TO THE PURE, ALL THINGS ARE PURE!
BUT THEY WERE PURE NO LONGER!!
[c] There was an element of truth in what the devil had said to them!
Indeed now they did know the difference between good and evil!!
[d] Until sin had touched their lives, they didn't know what sin was! But now the whole of their nature, personality and perception had been adjusted by it! Not to mention their relationship with God!
[e] They had been trapped by their sin - their disobedience to God!
Like the fly finding it's way into the entrapment of the spider. Just one touch of the sticky web, and it is stuck fast! The more it struggles - the more it becomes entangled - and it's not long until the spider is weaving it's web around the new contents of it's larder! How like sin - just touch it, and you're stuck fast!!
ADAM TRIED TO TRANSFER HIS GUILT
[a] Imagine!! What shame!! THE FIRST MAN WAS A WIMP!!
"It wasn't my fault! It was the woman!! She tempted me! She offered it to me!!"
HOW MANY TIMES HAS THAT BEEN SAID DOWN THROUGH THE YEARS I WONDER??????
[b] But God said, "Because YOU disobeyed me, you will bear the consequences!"
[c] You see, sin is a very personal thing - we are held responsible for it directly to God! We cannot blame anyone else for it, as Adam tried to do! Only WE can commit it! It is literally OWNED by us.
[d] When the prophet Nathan challenged King David about his sin, he said "Thou art the man."
[a] Although the responsibility and therefore the eternal
penalty of our sin is OURS ALONE, the good news of the Gospel is that we
have a sin-bearer, in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ!
[b] The Bible says, "He bore our sins in His Own Body on the tree." and
"He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities."
[c] What glorious news the Gospel is - although we have sinned and deserve nothing but damnation for all eternity - JESUS HAS DIED IN OUR PLACE - BEARING OUR SIN.
[d] When we repent of our sin, and accept Him as our PERSONAL SAVIOUR, then the price He paid for our Salvation on Calvary, is applied to our souls - we are forgiven, and our sin is cleansed.
"Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow"
"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."
The nature that was touched, tainted and twisted by sin, is RE-BORN, so the change takes place from the inside out.
"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new."
Has the sin problem in your life been dealt with yet??
If not, isn't it about time it was??
Jesus has done all He can - the rest is up to you!!
SALVATION ARMY SONG BOOK