Doing Away With Sin 8
Doing Away With Sin 8
He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Revelation 21:7,8—NIV)
To overcome is to confess, denounce, and renounce our sins when they are pointed out to us. To not overcome is to not confess, denounce, and renounce our sins when they are pointed out to us.
It seems clear, doesn't it, that the day is to come when God addresses the problem of worldliness, lust, and self-seeking in His people. When He confronts us as an individual we are to respond by working with the Holy Spirit in the removal of our sins. In the meantime God's messengers are declaring what God has purposed to perform and are making known to the Lord's elect what the Holy Spirit is doing in the present hour.
Remember, when the Holy Spirit makes you aware of a specific sin in your life, be quick to confess and turn away from it. This is no day in which to dawdle and procrastinate. If we do, messengers will come who will rebuke and chastise us until we are willing to let go of our sins. I am speaking now of afflictions that will be sent to prepare the way of the Lord in our personality.
See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come," says the LORD Almighty. But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, (Malachi 3:1-3—NIV)
The Lord will come to His temple and purify the Levites.
Who are the Levites?
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (I Peter 2:5—NIV)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (I Peter 2:9—NIV)
And what did John the Baptist tell us about the Lord coming to purify His people?
The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3:10-12—NIV)
Can you see in the above passages that the Lord is not going to be content with forgiving His people? The day will arrive when He will actually remove sin from His Kingdom. Isn't that wonderful! To have our sins forgiven is wonderful. To have our sins removed is infinitely better. Do you agree with this?
To be continued. Doing Away With Sin 9