SIN’S CONSEQUENCES – The Bible looks upon sin in any form as the most serious of humanity’s problems. Though sinful acts may be directed against another person, ultimately every sin is against God, the Creator of all things. David acknowledged this in his confession in Psalm 51. David sinned against many people (2 Sam 11:1-12; 23), and yet David confessed: “Against You-You alone-I have sinned and done this evil in Your sight” (Psa 51:4).
Perfect in righteousness, God cannot tolerate that which violates His righteous character. Sin evokes what the Bible calls God’s wrath. This wrath or righteous anger is not irrational and arbitrary in the way that human anger often it. God’s wrath is His eternal opposition to every form of evil expressed in a number of ways: in the great flood in the days of Noah, in scattering the people of Babel and confusing their language, and in destroying Sodom and Gomorrah.
In his Letter to the Roman, Paul says God’s wrath is manifest in a less obvious way-by letting people have their way, Human beings have a sense of God’s power and divinity from the creator order and yet suppress that incipient knowledge of God. Even with this knowledge, humans fail to glorify God and express thanks to Him for the blessings He bestows. This suppression of divine knowledge first has consequences for their minds, which become darkened. They consider themselves to be wise but have become fools whose thinking is nonsense. God delivers “them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity” (Rom 1:24). In this way, wrath works almost silently, scarcely noticed. On Paul’s view, sins of the flesh have their origin in sins of the mind and heart.
The kinds of sins that Paul describes in Romans 1:26-32 were considered sins of the Gentiles. Paul warned his fellow Jews that it is perilous to judge the sins of the Gentiles, when they themselves practiced the same sins. In this context Paul indicates that God’s wrath doesn’t always manifest itself immediately. He warns that God’s patience and kindness are extended in order to lead people to repentance. Super-religious people are storing up wrath for themselves by their hard and unrepentant hearts (2:1-11). Sin, whether in unrestrained pagans or in hard-hearted religious people, has a blinding and deadening effect. Unless reversed, sin leads to eternal death, separation from God.
SIN’S REMEDY – In his Ephesian letter Paul describes the condition of human beings as being dead in trespasses and sins. One who is dead lacks the ability to bring himself to life. In fact, he is completely unresponsive to anything. The only hope for one dead in sins is to be raised by One outside himself. And that’s just what happens with God. Rich in mercy, He expresses His costly love for us by raising us from this spiritual death (Eph 2:4-5). The cost consisted in this amazing exchange. His Son, who was completely without sin, was made to be sin “so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor 5:21)
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