Did you know that God is Holy? God’s holiness is no laughing matter, Joshua 24:19 says that “He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions or sins.” Holiness can be defined as being set-apart. It is God’s holiness that he uses as his standard. He will not forgive your transgressions or sins, he says that there are consequences for each sin or transgression that you commit.
Did you know that there are consequences for every action? In the same way as you suffer the consequences for speeding when you get pulled over by the Police. You will suffer the consequences for sinning against a Holy God. The reality of consequences naturally leads to asking two questions: 1) What is a sin? (aka. What did I do wrong?) and 2) What are the consequences? (aka. What happens now?)
Sin is any offense against God. There are offenses which we all know: lying, lust, pride, murder, ect. but there are also offenses which we often do not consider as an offense like: honoring your parents, placing anything before God, ect. The two general types of sins that each of us have committed are those we have knowingly committed and those which we have not knowingly committed. Each of us needs to look at our own life and see that we have actually committed multiple sins. No person is exempt from sinning and that means that we all have consequences that we will experience due to the sins we have committed.
The consequences for each of our sins are dire. The Holy God who we offended said that he will punish us for our sins. That punishment is eternity in Hell. This is a very severe consequence in the eyes of most people. The reason why this consequence seems severe is that people do not understand that every sin is a real offense against the very character and nature of God. He has stated that people are to be Holy because God is Holy, 1 Peter 1:16. The reality is that these consequences are well deserved.
BUT GOD who is rich in mercy even when we were in rebellion against him send Jesus Christ down to die on the cross. It is God’s actions that save people and not their own. God’s mercy is completely and utterly undeserved. This Holy God who will not let our transgressions go unpunished has determined that he will punish Jesus Christ for our sins so that he does have to punish us. That is excellent news for both you and me. We can have our sins forgiven and the consequences that we deserve were given to Jesus Christ instead.
This salvation which is offered by God must be received by faith. After receiving this grace which God has given freely there will come a transformation. That is what Ephesians 2:10 speaks about God prepared good works in advance for those who are saved to walk in. Transformation after salvation is a forgone conclusion. If a caterpillar says that he turned into a butterfly but didn’t change there would be no doubt that he is a liar. In the same way a person who receives salvation will change. He will no longer be the old man spoken about in Ephesians 2:1-4 below but he will be the new man spoken of in Ephesians 2:5-10. I would encourage you to read the following and contact me if you have accepted Christ.
Ephesians 2:1-10 ” And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, and even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”