A Word from Dr. Mike - 6/14/22
Throughout the month of June, our Sunday morning message series is titled “Aftermath.” We are looking at selected texts that deal with sin, its consequences, and what happens next.
Just what is sin? Generally speaking, sin is a person’s rebellion against the teachings of GOD’s Word. I really like the definition one pastor shared: “Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with GOD.”
The Bible itself provides a variety of defintions of sin. Here is a partial list:
1. Sin is missing the mark. (Romans 3:23)
2. Sin is transgression. (I John 3:4)
3. Sin is rebellion against GOD. (Isaiah 1:2; II Thessalonians 2: 4, 8)
4. Sin is disobedience. (Ephesians 2:2)
5. Sin is iniquity. (Galatians 5: 19-21; Colossians 3: 5-9)
When a Christian sins against GOD, he/she will experience a process in which GOD Himself will initiate in order to bring that person to a point of spiritual brokenness which will lead to a repentant heart.
First, GOD’s SPIRIT will convict the heart of the sinning Christian in an effort to bring about brokenness and repentance. Typically that conviction originates when the SPIRIT of GOD takes the Word of GOD to confront the sinning Christian. II Timothy 3:16 declares, “All Scripture is giving by inspiration of GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
Second, if the Christian refuses to respond to the SPIRIT’s convicting work, then he/she will experience the discipline of GOD. Hebrews 12:6 declares, “For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” Notice the important phrase “whom
the LORD loves.” GOD’s love is the reason for His discipline. He knows a persons sin, left unrepented of, can lead to great personal harm in the believer’s life. The purpose of His discipline is a believer’s spiritual brokenness over our sin and our decision to confess and repent of our sin. He allows suffering and adversity in our lives to drive us to repentance.
Third, if the Christian refuses to respond to the SPIRIT’s convicting work, and if the Christian ignores GOD’s discipline, the GOD Himself will send another believer to confront the person of their sin. This truth is found in Nathan confronting King David in II Samuel. He confronted Nathan concerning his relationship with Bathsheba and the coverup of their affair. GOD commanded Nathan to share a story of a rich man who took and killed a poor man’s only lamb. David was justifiably angry at the action (vv. 5-6). Then Nathan responded, “You are the man” (vs. 7). David had blood on His hands. He was guilty of killing Bathsheba’s husband as well as committing adultery.
Psalm 51 is the most powerful picture in all of the Bible in regard to a believer who is broken-hearted over his sin and displays a repentant heart. David cried out with a spirit of desperation: “Have mercy upon me, O GOD, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psalm 51: 1-2).
The way to avoid conviction, chastisement (divine discipline) and controntation is simple: “walk the path of righteousness.” Psalm 23:3 provides a good solution: “He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”