people view God as a Santa Claus who loves everyone and want Christians
to have a good time. He is treated like someone who has dementia by
those who have a care free attitude about sin. Then there is the other
end of the spectrum where God is hard to please and is just waiting to
bring the pain at the slightest infraction. For the record, neither of
those characterizations is accurate.
forgive anyone who repents, but, and this is a big point, there will
still be consequences for sin. The New Testament is replete with God’s
love for humanity, but there is also an abundance of scriptures that
tell of His justice as well. The creation in which we live is based upon
an elaborate system of laws that were codified before anything was made.
This law system comes in two parts. First, there are laws overseeing the
spirit realm, and secondly, there are laws governing the physical part
of the creation. When a person runs afoul any of these laws, there are
unavoidable consequences. God has a penal code that clarifies what kind
of penalty will be meted out when an infraction occurs.
David lusted after Bathsheba even though he knew that she was Uriah’s
wife. Nevertheless, David had her brought to the palace for sexual
intercourse and sent her home. When he found out that she was pregnant,
he had Uriah murdered and took Bathsheba as a wife. David obviously
broke a number of laws, among them was coveting, adultery, lying and
murder. God pronounced a death sentence upon the resulting child and
long lasting curse that “the sword” would always be in David’s
bloodline. It is easy to see that strife and murder has continued from
generation to generation.
apostle Paul was capable of extreme anger even though he was saved and
baptized in the Holy Spirit. He got into a verbal argument with Barnabas
when he wanted to bring his nephew Mark on the next mission journey.
Paul didn’t want Mark with them because he had previously abandoned
them. Paul and Barnabas both felt strongly about the matter and they got
so emotional that split up and went separate ways. Never mind the fact
that God had called them together to work as a team. We don’t know what
happened to Barnabas but Paul subsequently lost his protection from God
and was arrested, whipped and jailed.
an important lesson to be learned with these two men. Just because you
are saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit does not mean that you are
immune to God's laws. I will share the importance of obedience in order
to get the maximum benefits available for us here on earth. I look
forward to being with you Sunday.
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell