Summary: How marvelous is the grace of God. Eternal Security is a truth that lies at the heart of doctrine. We're not caste out but cleaned up, not cursed but chastened, not rejected but renewed.
HOW DOES GOD DEAL WITH SAINTS WHO SIN?
INTRO: In the case of a bride murdered on her wedding day by her ex-lover, the defense tarnished her name, said she invited violence and argued for a lesser charge of 'passion provocation' murder. On Oct. 23, a jury rejected a "crime of passion" defense when it convicted Agustin Garcia of the murder of Gladys Ricart on Sept. 26, 1999. He shot her as she stood in her wedding dress and surrounded by her wedding party, preparing for the nuptials at her home in Ridgefield, N.J. He was not in a position to dictate to the judge or jury HOW he should be punished. He was at their mercy.
Standing before Almighty God we have no business trying to dictate our punishment either. So How does God deal with saints who sin?
I. SIN IS PUNISHABLE
1. Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death” We know death to be a separation. No one has to tell that one who has lost a loved one that it is separation. A precious song the Gaither’s sing is: Knowing You’ll Be There.
The other day I passed the place You always liked to go and I picked up the phone because I thought you’d want to know But I forgot you weren’t there I miss you on these days That I’m reminded of your smile and the funny things you’d say
When the death angel comes to claim another soul it separates us from the ones we love and takes a tole on our emotions, changing our lives from that point on.
But the death of Rom 6:23 is not just physical, but rather it is spiritual. It is separation from God, from good, from love…. Forever. The greatest punishment of Hell will NOT be ***the flame, ***the pain, ***the darkness so dark it can be felt ***the loneliness of isolation ***NO it will be separation from God. Separation from anything that would ever bring pleasure or comfort or satisfaction. 2. 1 Cor 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Death has been defeated by the resurrection of Christ. Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He paid the price of sin for us. That’s why the Father had to turn His face away from the Son on the cross, as Jesus cried, “My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: Gods grace is always greater than sin. That’s why He is able to save to the uttermost. That’s why He encourages us to “come unto me.” The Lord gives unto those who trust Him, eternal life. Jn 3:15 “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life “ Jn 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish Rom 6:23 but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began. Eternal life has not end, it is forever and ever. My soul is secure with Him. SONG: For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able, to keep that which committed unto Him against that day