Man in Sin

Man's_Sin,_and_God's_Promise_(Bible_Card)Yesterday, I talked about the fact that Jesus came into this world to “save His people from their sins” and yet people would rather be saved from everything else except their sins.  The reason for this is that many people do not sin as man’s greatest problem.  But as D. A. Carson points out,

 If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent an economist. If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have sent us a comedian or an artist. If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor. But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death; and he sent us a Savior.

Today, I would like to discuss the subject of Man in Sin.  What does the Bible mean when it says that man is a sinner?  I would like to share five things in response to this question based on the teaching of the Bible. Continue reading

According to Plan – Three Things the LORD Has Used to Shape Me Outside the Bible!

“LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your Name, for in perfect faithfulness You have done wonderful things, things planned long ago” (Isaiah 25:1).

It is quite amazing and yet comforting and refreshing to think of how the LORD in His sovereign power, wisdom and grace, uses life experiences among other things to shape us as His children and thereby accomplish certain (specific) things in our lives for His own glory.  Everything according to plan.  There is no plan B with God!  It’s all and always, plan A! Continue reading

Was It Necessary for Christ to Die on the Cross?

Recently, I was involved in a friendly discussion concerning this question, “Was it necessary for Christ to die on the Cross?”  Just in case you miss the heart of this discussion, put the emphasis on the Cross in the question.  The question is not about whether Christ had to die for the salvation of sinners or not.  But did He have to die on the Cross to save sinners? Continue reading

“Holy, Holy, Holy…!”

Holiness is the most distinctive character of God. We are not ready to serve Him until we come to see His holiness which reveals to us our sin and misery; and embrace His mercy which offers us forgiveness and cleansing in Christ. Once we have a clear vision of His glory and receive cleansing from our sins through Christ and His atoning blood, we are inspired/moved to tell the world about Him that the whole world might come and bow before Him who is the King of kings and the LORD of lords!

Click on the PLAY button below more of this in a sermon about the holiness of God from Isaiah 6:1-8.  This sermon was preached at Liberty Bay PCA in Poulsbo, Washington, USA on January 8, 2012.

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Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”