Category Archives: Consequences of Sin

Early Training in Salvation

Salvation is a central truth in Scripture (Matt 1:21; Heb 5:9), but can our children explain it (cf. Rom 3:25; Matt 20:28; Eph 5:23)? Salvation is at the center off all we do as Christians; it is the theme of the Bible. Talk to your children early and often about salvation (Deut 6:7).

I. BAD NEWS: SIN

A. Disobedience (Gen 3:1-6)
B. Lawlessness (1 John 3:4)
1. Breaking God’s rules
2. Making up your own rules
C. Iniquity (Isa 59:1-2)

II. SAD NEWS: RESULTS OF SIN

A. Spiritual death (Rom 6:23)
B. Satan’s hell (Luke 12:5)
C. God’s rejection (Gen 3:24)

III. GOOD NEWS: GOD’S GIFT FOR SINNERS

A. Eternal life (Rom 6:23)
B. God’s presence (Luke 15:20-24; Rev 19:7-9; John 14:1-3)
C. Free gift (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8; 1 Pet 2:24-27)
D. Obediently accepted (Mark 16:16; 1 Pet 3:21)

IV. APPLICATION: SALVATION MOTIVATION

A. Not human perfection (1 John 1:8; 1 John 1:9; Eph 2:4-6)
B. Fear of Hell (Matt 25:45-46; Matt 25:30)
C. Love of God (John 3:16; Rom 5:8-9)
1. Pearl of great price (Matt 13:45-46)
2. Granted to few (Matt 22:14)

Salvation is God’s will for everyone, but first He will honor the sacrifice of His Son that purchased our right to receive salvation (2 Pet 3:9; 1 Tim 2:4). If we will honor the Son, the Father will honor us!

We Were That Bad

Sin is not just failing to hit the mark, a mistake, a character flaw, or a problem that needs to be handled.  Sin is awful…exceptionally bad or displeasing to God (Eph 2:1-3; 1 Pet 4:1-3; Rom 3:10-18), no matter who’s sinning (Rom 3:23; 1 John 1:8).  David proved the point (1 Chronicles 21:1-30).

I. CONSIDER DAVID’S SIN

A. Taking a census
1. It was a temptation (1 Chron 21:1)
2. It was avoidable (1 Chron 21:3)
3. It was punishable (1 Chron 21:14)

II. CONSIDER GOD’S JUDGMENT

A. Death for disobedience
1. There are no minor infractions

B. Life for obedience
1. There must be repentance (1 Chron 21:16-17)
2. There must be sacrifice (1 Chron 21:18, 24-26)

C. Another altar for sin (1 Chron 21:28-30)
1. A new site (Tabernacle)
2. A future site (Temple)
3. A historic site (Abraham)
4. A prophetic site (The Lamb of God)

III. CONSIDER YOURSELF

A. You sin, like David
1. Take another look at sin (Rom 3:23; Heb 10:31)

B. You need a sacrifice, like David
1. Take another look at the price (1 Pet 1:18-21; Rom 5:6-9; 1 Pet 2:24; Heb 13:10-14)

As David was forgiven of his trespass, you can be forgiven too.
(Romans 6:3-7)