Isn't that bad news? It sure isn't very uplifting, but
it's something we have to know about. There is good news, but first we
need to address the bad news so we can know the full extent of our
situation. The Bible sure doesn't hold back on telling us the reality of
things, and below we'll look at some scriptures that specifically relate to this
bad news about sin.
The following Scripture references are arranged so
that each verse will be from the book in the New Testament after the
current one. So currently we are in Mark, and the next verse will be in
Luke, right after Mark. And we'll keep going back book by book like
Let's look at Luke 12:47-48. The "slaves" here, or
"servants," represent us as sinners, and how we respond to God's will for
us. What happens to people who continue in sin? They are like the
slave who receives a beating or many lashes with the whip. In short, sin
will be punished!
Now flip to the next book, and look at John 8:24, as well as verse 34.
What happens to us as a result of sin here?
- die in sins (v. 24).
- slave of sin (v. 34).
Moving forward, let's look now at Acts 17:30. Here
we have a straightforward insight into God's attitude toward sin. Do you
think there are some things God just might shrug off? Does He play
favorites? No matter what He used to do, in overlooking the times of
ignorance, God is clear that here and now, He calls all to
repentance. Does that include you?
Now we're in the next book, the book of Romans, and we'll look at
Romans 3:19, 23. The whole world is accountable to God,
as we see here in verse 19. Just to be sure, let's look at verse 23 --
all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God. If there
is one thing that all of us accountable, adult humans have in common, it's that
we all sin. Does that include you and me?
Keep moving ahead to the next book, and take a look at 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
Look at some of these sins listed here. Try saying some of these out loud, these are real!
- fornicators (sex outside of marriage)
What does it say about people living in these sins? They will not
inherit the kingdom of God! In other words, they cannot go to
heaven. Do you see that sin is a serious matter? Nothing in this
world is more pressing than the problem of our sin. Do any of the above
things, or others mentioned in that passage, describe you? If so, you're
not alone. What do you learn from this scripture? There is bad news.
If sin is so bad, why would anyone ever do it? How did we get
involved in it in the first place if it's so obviously terrible??? We can
find an answer in the next book... Look ahead at 2 Corinthians 11:3,14.
Read that and ask once again the question, if sin is so
bad, why would anyone ever do it?
- They have been deceived (verse 3).
How far will Satan go to deceive someone?
- He can look like an angel of light (verse 14).
- Maybe you've been taught something contrary to God's word, but it came from a nice and good person.
- Maybe you've even had a remarkable religious experience that makes you second-guess God's word or reject it.
- What is our standard to know the truth? What other people say? What your experience says?
- We must rely on God's word alone!
Next flip a few pages up to the book of Galatians, and check out
Galatians 5:19-21. Here we have another list of sins,
this one a little longer. Notice some of the "big sins" listed:
- Sexual immorality, idolatry, witchcraft, etc.
Maybe we don't have a problem with those, but how about these?...
- Hatred, selfishness, envy, jealousy, anger.
- Do any of those seem a little more familiar?
This is starting to get a little more personal, because as the end of verse
21 says, those who live like this cannot go to heaven! Sin separates you
Now we'll arrive at our destination, which is a couple pages over in
Ephesians 2:1-3,12. Go ahead and read that. Read it
again, if you need to. Verse 1 says "dead in sin." Let's look at
some of the key words and phrases in these verses:
- objects of wrath
- no Christ
- no home
- no friends
- no hope
- no God
What does all this add up to? Bad news! We
must understand the process of sin: Sin separates us from God...
- We can't take it away by ourselves.
- We can't make it go away by being good enough.
- We can't give enough money.
- We can't help enough people.
- We cannot buy forgiveness.
- Knowing just what we have seen above, there is no hope.
But wait, because there is more. Read on...