By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
The nature of sin is towards the appeasement of the fleshly desires of man. It allures one into its deceptive nature by enhancing its availability while hiding its real intent. There is a fleshpot of sin; as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, that is polluting many once godly nations as its tentacles of acceptance play into focus. (Comment)
Scripture reveals that Moses when he came of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. Though adopted into the household of Pharaoh, Moses who was an Israelite, cast aside his earthly adoption, to be with his own kind. He chose to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a season (Hebrews 11:24-25).
A Bible commentary noted: In the best of worldly entertainments there can be no true pleasure in sin; there is always a bitterness in the end. By faith Moses made his choice, showing him to be a man acquainted with the nature of sin, but looked beyond the things of sense and time to those of eternity.
Looking at Moses' action, in a worldly way, one would question his giving up such a earthly treasure to suffer affliction with His people in bondage. If Moses had not taken action to cast off the nature of sin; He would never have been the chosen servant of God to led his people out of bondage!
In 1978 I walked away from the vices of this world; from the nature of sin, into the glorious light of the Gospel of Christ. I felt the presence of God's Spirit for the first time in my life; and a heavenly peace, I had never previously experienced.
The day of my salvation was also a beginning of sanctification (being set apart unto God) with God's Spirit leading me away from the clutches of this world towards a heavenly gain. My life did a reversal, as that of Moses, who shook off the pleasure of sin, and earthly riches, towards a eternal gain!
Scripture reveals: That we might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God: who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has transferred us into the kingdom of his dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ: in whom we have redemption, through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:10-14).
A Bible dictionary defines the nature of sin as anything which does not express, or which is contrary to, the holy character of God. The first sin in the universe was an act of free will with deliberate, responsible, and adequate understanding of the issue, choosing to corrupt the holy, godly nature with which God originally endowed His creation.
Adam and Eve, the violators of that trust, were created with a holy, godly nature, in fellowship with God. As a result of their sin that nature become corrupt; becoming guilty of the transgression of God's Word, involving the whole human race in corruption and guilt (Romans 5:21).
Some compelling quotations concerning sin: If you do not want the fruits of sin stay out of sin's orchard (Author Unknown); Keep yourself from opportunity and God will keep you from sin (Jacob Cats); The knowledge of sin is the beginning of salvation (Epicurus); You can be so filled with the things of Christ, with the things of God, that you do not have time for the sinful pleasures of the world (Billy Graham).
These quotations point towards abstaining from sin; exposing the nature of sin, and how it can grasp hold of a person, refusing to let go as that of quicksand. Scripture reveals: When lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death (James 1:15).
One needs to come to the realization that they are mired in the clutches of sin before deliverance can come. This is illustrated in the Psalm of David: The Lord inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of a horrible pit (the very clutches of Hell itself), out of the miry clay (that which was attempting to hold him there), and set my feet upon a rock and established my steps (Psalm 40:1-3).
The nature of sin has caught the world in a whirlwind. Sin has always been around since Adam and Eve; who first introduced its conception but it is being expounded on in these latter days.
Sin was prominent, with the earth being corrupt before God, and filled with violence during the pre-Flood days of Noah (Genesis 6:11) until God dwelt with that generation bringing a flood upon mankind with every living substance being destroyed that was upon the face of the earth; with only Noah remaining alive, and those who were with him in the ark (Genesis 7:22-24).
Sin was prominent in Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities of the plains, for not even ten righteous could be found to forestall God's judgment. He rained brimstone and fire upon them out of heaven; saving only Lot, and his household (Genesis 19:24).
Scripture tells of a day in which the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:7). That day will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).
The elements shall melt with fervent heat could refer to a nuclear holocaust (a distinct possibility in our present day setting), a cosmic happening; or by the hand of God, as in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah.
As the nature of sin spins us in such a direction, in these latter days. There is a Biblical direction given towards the saving of the soul:
Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conduct and godliness.
We according to his promise look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. Wherefore, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:11-14).
Beware lest, you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:17).
The youth of the land no longer have the benefit of godly instruction; oftentimes not even within the church, but rather are being bombarded by the ungodliness of man. Worldliness has become an influence even within the church, allowing such to flourish, rather than obedience to God's Word which calls for a separation from such (2 Corinthians 7:14-17).
The power of the Gospel is not being felt in many Western nations; with many having adopted the ways of the heathen by not allowing the fullness of the Gospel to be proclaimed. Where are those who are willing to stand in the gap for the land (Ezekiel 22:30); that it be not destroyed by the powers of darkness?
Scripture reveals that whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin (John 3:24); all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23); of sins relentless spread (Romans 5:12); that sin clings closely (Hebrews 12:1); and the course of the nature of sin (James 3:6).
A Bible commentary noted: Sin brings hideous results, affecting not only our relationship with God, but also our relationship with others. If not checked, sin will destroy the natural process of every person. Christians should not sin; but if they do, they should remember their advocate (Jesus Christ the righteous), and confess their sins in order to restore fellowship with God (1 John 1:9/2:2).
Scripture admonishes the believer to lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily ensnare us, and run with perseverance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1). For the world passes away, and the lust (or sin) thereof; but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:16).
Moses; as previously stated, when he came of age, made a choice to forsake worldly attributes and to embrace eternity through God. The things of this world can lead one to a Devil's Hell; if not forsaken towards a heavenly reward in Christ.
The ungodly quality of entertainment today is fast advancing many once godly nations towards an ungodly status. Many have become so attracted to the magnetic force of ungodliness that it will take the hand of God, that of His Spirit, and the Lord Jesus Christ, to break its hold!
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