Sin Brings Death

Sin Brings Death! What a sobering thought, but what does it mean? How often are we prone to blame God for the bad things that happen in our lives?





12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

James 1:12-15, ESV



Sin Brings Death! What a sobering thought, but what does it mean? How often are we prone to blame God for the bad things that happen in our lives?


Sin Brings Death - Origin

What is sin and where does it come from? Sin is any lack of want of conformity to God. In other words, we as humans cannot measure up to God.


God is perfect, holy, righteous, loving, kind, merciful, and the list goes on. Can we say that about ourselves? No! Not one of us is perfect, holy, righteous, and so on. Instead, we are rather selfish even if our personality is altruistic. In the end, our lives revolve around us. 


Was this always the case? No! In the book of Genesis we find the account of the creation and then fall of Adam and Eve. When Satan, through the serpent, tempted them and promised that they would be like God, they succumbed to that temptation.


To be like God!! What foolish pride we have (as did the serpent). We were created by God - perfect. But, when sin entered into the hearts of Adam and Eve, we all fell.


You may believe that the accounts in Genesis are just stories, but, oh dear friend--they are true!! 


Romans 3:23 says, All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. KJV


Sin Brings Death - Growth

So, now that we have established that we all sin, what happens next? 


Sin, like yeast in bread dough, is not happy to just sit idle in our lives. Left unchecked it grows. We actually do not realize its growth because we are just like everyone around us. They are OK, so we must be OK as well


The Bible tells us in Isaiah 42:18-20, that we are blind and deaf in our sin. 


“Hear, you deaf;
And look, you blind, that you may see.
Who is blind but My servant,
Or deaf as My messenger whom I send?
Who is blind as he who is perfect,
And blind as the Lord’s servant?
Seeing many things, but you do not observe;
Opening the ears, but he does not hear.”


And so it is, that we go through life with sinning growing within us. 


Sin Brings Death - Its Issue

What becomes of sinners? Sin brings Death! Are we speaking of death in this world in which we live? No! We are speaking of eternal death. Eternal death in which we are cast away from God forever! 


That old trickster, the devil, is delightedly bringing as many people with him as he can for he knows his true end. Trying to destroy God's created beings, he spends his time tempting people to not believe God and His Word, the Bible.


Is he successful? Sadly, yes!


Sin Brings Death - Its Cure

Is there a cure or are we all hopelessly lost? Yes, indeed, there is a cure. Christ, the Son of God came to this earth to undo what Satan had done. Our perfect Lord shed His own blood as payment for our sins. 


Charles Simeon, an Anglican from the late 1700's and early 1800's summed up our cure in this way. It is a rather long quote, but I encourage you to read it!


There is none but Jesus that can stand between sin and death. Indeed even "he overcame death only by dying" in our stead: and we can escape it only by believing in him. We deserve death: we have deserved it for every sin we have ever committed. Ten thousand deaths are our proper portion. Let us then look to Him who died for us. . . . He is our only deliverer from the wrath to come: to Him therefore let us flee continually, and "cleave unto him with full purpose of heart."


Sin brings death, but you do not need to die. You can live with Christ forever. Look what awaits us (from Revelation 22:1-5, NKJV


And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.


Hope to meet you there!!


God Bless You,

Linda




James 1 Devotionals


Peace, Love, and Joy - Verses 2-4

Wisdom from God - Verses 5-6

Rich and Poor - Verses 9-11

Crown of Life - Verse 12

Sin Brings Death - Verses 12-15

God is Good - Verses 16-17

Regeneration - Verse 18

Quick to Hear - Verses 19-21

Be Doers of the Word - Verses 22-25

Pure Religion is This - Verses 26-27



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