Rom 6:22 “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.”
Dear CBC friends & family,
I often have occasion to discuss the Bible and the historic Christian faith when someone finds out what I “do for a living.” I don’t really like that phrase as being redeemed it is more like what we all “live to do.” That said, I had a really good conversation on Monday with a person who said “isn’t hell overkill for man’s occasional shortcomings”? I asked if they had some time to discuss that question as it will take more than 5 minutes to answer. I’ll give a couple thoughts on that here for your own equipping.
The issue here is when God is trivial and man is everything then hell will be absurd and the cross nothing but foolishness. Lost people define evil as the way man treats other men. Unfortunately, this falls infinitely short of truth. What makes evil evil is not harm done to man but the massive indignities done to God. Until we see God as ultimate then the cross, and hell, will seem like overreactions. This is the curse of sin, man is big and God is small. The essence of sin is not harm done to man, but indignities done to God.
If God is of infinite value, then what is He worthy of from the humans He has made? Simply put, the greatest commandment is to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to do everything for His glory. To fail here is an infinite offence thus the just punishment would be infinite.
Again, the outrage of the human race is not people killing people but our treasonous actions against God. Giving the One who is worthy of all zero attention, zero concern about His glory, zero thought and zero thanks is man’s great evil. The reason man does this is because in his unregenerate state he worships, serves and loves self and not God.
C. H. Spurgeon once stated “Free will I have often heard of, but I have never seen it. I have met with will, and plenty of it, but it has either been led captive by sin or held in blessed bonds of grace. So the choice is not, Should I give up my freedom so that I can submit to God? Rather, it is, Should I serve sin or should I serve God?” The point he is making is that every single human being serves somebody.
“Serve” is an interesting word because it implies that one can come, or go, as he pleases. He can work, or not, as he sees fit. This is why the Bible uses a different term for the believer which is “slave.” This weekend we will see that term five times in our text. We will explore how living with purity (sanctification) is founded in our position as slaves. Join us as we learn part of who we are in Christ. Slaves of sin leads to death where slave of righteousness leads to life. Oh, that we would learn the truth that we are slaves, yet free.
It’s so important to understand that God’s true grace is not a balance point between legalism and licentiousness. Rather, legalism and licentiousness are two sides of the same coin whose operating principle is the flesh. This weekend we will learn how to live by the Spirit by understanding our new position as slaves to righteousness.
Remember that Saturday the 25th of January is our annual business meeting. We will begin at 6:45 PM. There are copies of the budget at the media booth for your review to pick up right now. Please email any questions regarding the budget as there will not be an open mic for financial questions during the meeting. You can ask questions afterwards but I want to be mindful of the people attending with their kids not to be there all night. This meeting will be brief but very informative.