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Why the wages of sin is death

“…but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die”  Genesis 2:17.

It is important to know that unless we understand that we deserve death for our sins, there is no way that the salvation of God through Christ Jesus will make any sense to us. God’s love, mercy, goodness, kindness, protection, help will all be meaningless for us unless we understand that we messed up and are responsible for our sins and that our sins have consequence.

In order to understand that we are sinners, we need to understand the law of God. The law of God is summed up into love, namely love God and love your neighbor. Therefore, when God made the law, He was not creating it to keep others under control or to rule over them with limitations to their freedom. Rather, all the laws of God are perfect, they are the perfect standard of love. Laws that nations make are not perfect, even though they are intended for the well-being of people because some of them are made through ignorance of the truth and still others out of wrong motive or to control people.

God’s law was made not for the good of God, He already is who He is. Our obedience or disobedience to His Word does not change Him a little. All the laws of God were made for our benefits so that we would live happily, joyfully, peacefully, and lovingly with our neighbors. Therefore when we sin, we are actually not hurting God but ourselves. When we sin we actually are separated from the life of God. We become corrupt and increase into more and more lawlessness until we eventually are destroyed by our own sin.

Just like a worker has wages sin also has wages or consequences. You don’t curse someone and expect a blessing from them. You don’t kill someone and expect to live at peace with people. Sin has consequences! Sin means missing the mark. It means missing the mark of perfection, missing the mark of love. God is love and the mark of perfection is love. Anything we do that is not love is sin. So what God did is He explained to us what love means because we reduced love it to emotions, feelings, and immorality; He defined love in the law of God, and gave us His perfect laws so that we may abide by them.

However, we fall short, we sinned willingly! We were guilty because no one forced us to sin! We were drawn by our own desires and gave ourselves to sin because it felt so good, it deceived us even though we knew the truth! We wanted to enjoy the fleeting pleasure of sin rather than obey the truth which is based upon God’s holy law. We were impatient and could not wait for the genuine blessing and we tried to cheat, lie, murder, hate, and do all evil to get momentary pleasures! We loved sin more than God.

We broke the first commandment which was to love God, or to love Love, to love righteousness, to love truth, and loved lies, hatred, immorality, unrighteousness, which are the characters of satan. Little did we know that what we loved actually does not love us because sin can never be love. Sin had its wages and we were brought into bondage under sin. Sin became our master and controlled us until we were filled with hopelessness, shame, guilt, depression, confusion, more and more wickedness, more troubles, more distractions, sickness that would never, heal, more curses, more enemies, more hurt, more murders, more rape, more and more unrighteousness because we were far from righteousness bound by sin.

We found out that we could not come out from sin and that we were already dead internally, and waiting for our death externally because our ways were the path of death. The things which we thought would give us pleasure, we found out that they gave us more and more pain, and they actually tied us down with heaviness of heart. They bound us so that we could never go free. We cried day and night looking for someone to get us out of this mess. We knew that our ways were wrong, and that they were destructive. We knew that we were wrong! But we thought that it was late! We knew that we deserved death and that we were waiting for our death anytime! Just like Paul who said, “Who shall deliver me from this body of death”.

It was at that moment that we knew that you needed help. But who was going to pay for all that mess we were into? Because we deserved death! We are certainly guilty since we got ourselves into this mess we were in! We chose wickedness rather than righteousness, and now who will pay for our sins because sin will not let us go unless someone pays a restitution! It’s not possible to go to a court with a lot of criminal record and expect a judge to dismiss your case just because the judge is nice! Even if the judge was an angel he cannot let you go because there is a law and there has to be a restitution! What is going to happen to the criminal record of yours? The price is very high because sin demands only death! Why death? Because there is no other way that what you have done could ever be reversed? You have caused a damage! When you break the law of love, you have caused hurt, destruction, enticed others to practice evil, increased the work of evil in the society by placing a demand in the society. If you look at your sins from the perspective of perfection, there is nothing that could replace what you have done wrong. If you cannot replace it back then you must perish or someone else perishes for you so that the law of love would be sustained and corruption would decrease in the society!

You may say why can’t we get punishment other than death? Well, no pain, no sickness, no affliction, no hunger, no torment, or trials can ever pay up for sin because people never learn from them! There are those that became poor while sinning and still continued in sin while they were in poverty! If poverty could cure sin then certainly it could have cured these people! The only cure is therefore death! There is no other way! Sin is such a dangerous pollution that only death can get rid of it. So then who can save us from this sin which you are bound by? Is there anyone who does not have sin in himself who is willing to die for us? NO, because everyone is paying up for their own sins because no one is perfect!

Now you may say OK if everyone is dying I don’t care i’ll die also, are you not ashamed that even after you have done all this wrong that you have a mouth to say that you can die however way you want to? It’s your sin that’s killing you don’t you know! Your sin who hates you! So when you die, your soul is actually going down with your sin, who is your enemy! With your rebellious heart,  you are looking for eternal torment because you will live eternally with your enemy. How can you live with what you hate for eternity? How can you live with what has been hurting, tormenting,  and destroying your life forever? No, you must seek some other option. You cannot allow yourself to die! Do you not know that when you are sleeping, your consciousness is still awake and your enemies are tormenting you with night terror and horrible dreams? Would you allow that to happen to you every day after you die because your consciousness never dies?

Therefore, you need someone to redeem you of your sins so that you are free from pain, guilt, shame, condemnation. So who is able to deliver you? It must be someone who never sinned, and who always loves his neighbor and his God. It must be a perfect and blameless person. And you say who else can that be but God himself? Now you came to your sense. You realize that you need to ask mercy and forgiveness. And God in His mercy gives you the perfect sacrifice who can get you out of your mess. Your God dies for you so that He can redeem you since He sees you helpless and hopeless, even though He knows that it’s your fault, He is willing to pay the sacrifice because He loves you! Then you begin to thank Him, to honor Him, and sing to Him with gratitude in your heart because you know that you were once lost, but now you have been found, was blind but now can see! You are truly redeemed by the precious blood of the lamb.

When you truly understand yourself, you truly understand the consequence of sin, and when you know that you are a sinner, you will understand God’s love and salvation that He has given you!

Posted in The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God

From that time, Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has drawn near” Matthew 4:17

Many times when we talk of the kingdom of God what comes to our mind is the second coming of Jesus Christ to reign on the earth. This is true in that all kings and kingdoms will fall and only God’s kingdom will stand on earth as the prophet Daniel prophesied saying, “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever” Daniel 2:44. However, this is the fulfillment or the complete manifestation and dominion of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God actually came with the beginning of the ministry of Jesus Christ.

The Kingdom of God is then all of the rule, dominion, power, righteousness, holiness, and and the glory of God. The Kingdom of God is the manifest glory and sovereignty of God. Jesus gives a description of God’s kingdom when He says, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade” Mark 13:31-35. Therefore, from the words of Jesus we see that the Kingdom of God starts as a seed. It is sown on the earth as a small seed which will then grow and become dominant. The Kingdom of God is then planted on earth, first as a small seed by Jesus Christ, and then at the consummation of time, will endure forever.

John the Baptist came in the wilderness preaching the message of the Kingdom of God saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent, and believe in the gospel” Mark 1:15. The kingdom of God was actually near at the time of John. It started to manifest when Jesus Christ came to preach the gospel. The manifestation of the Kingdom of God was evident in the life of Jesus when He was healing the sick, raising the dead, setting the captives free, and preaching the gospel to the poor. Therefore, when Jesus came, He brought the Kingdom with Him. He was preaching the gospel of the Kingdom which was good news to those who would accepted it, and bad news to those who rejected it. That was the reason why Jesus ministry was like no other prophet. When the people saw the works that He did they said, “What manner of man is this” and “they were astounded at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes”, and again ” they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new teaching is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him” Mark 2:27. His teaching and miracles was different than any other. He was introducing the Kingdom of God to the earth with His mighty power of setting the captives free, and restoring every thing that the devil had stolen.

Later on when Jesus was going to the Father, He tells his disciples, ” this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached to all the earth, and then the end will come” Matthew 24:14. The Kingdom, just as Jesus said, started only with Jesus Christ, but in the end it would be preached throughout the earth, even now with the gospel reaching out to places that have never heard about the Kingdom of God. Now, through out the nations, the gospel of the kingdom is known. There is no nation that does not know about Jesus and it is increasing even more. Once the gospel reaches every human being on the face of the earth, then what was prophesied by the prophet Daniel will come to pass; the kingdom of this earth will belong to God.

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 11:15

The Kingdom of God is already here, working in the life of believers as Jesus said, “the kingdom of God is within you”, and is proclaimed by preachers as Jesus said, “the kingdom of God is among you”. From the time of John the Baptist till now, Jesus said, the Kingdom of God has suffered violence and people are making every effort to enter in it. God has already set up a time when He would end all this worldly activities, but just like the days of Noah, He has created an opportunity for everyone to enter the Ark and be saved from His wrath. He has provided the way into the Kingdom through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. But when the door is finally shut, the time for repentance would be over, the the Kingdom of God will be established forever.