Once we were slaves to sin, but now we have not only been forgiven of our sins, but set free from the bondage of sin. Yet many of us live as if we are still slaves to it. Are you living in the power of the Holy Spirit and with the resources God has provided?
Why is a dry crust of bread better than the abundance that many enjoy? And why is the Old Testament still important to us today?
2 Samuel 19 & 20
Are You Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit?
Christ is the Only Way!
There’s so much in this chapter, including another of Jesus’ great “I AM” statements. In this passage He declared Himself to be the Light of the World.
Verse 12, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Verse 24 talks about the sin of unbelief:
“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
No one can be good enough to go to heaven apart from believing the Gospel. Christ is the only way!
Stuck between Easter and Pentecost
And a comment about the story of the woman taken in adultery (verses 3-11):
3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
How should we live based on the fact that our sins have been forgiven just as this sinful woman’s were?
God in His grace showed mercy to the sinful woman, not so she could continue in her sin, but that she, like us, could “go and sin no more.” We are not to live righteous lives out of fear of the consequences of breaking the law, but out of gratitude for all we’ve been forgiven!
Romans 5.20-6.2 says, “The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”
Once we were slaves to sin. We have not only been forgiven of our sins, but set free from the bondage of sin. Yet many of us live as if we are still slaves to it. Continue reading