Sin and Hell are married unless repentance proclaims the divorce.Charles Spurgeon
In one of my Weekly Insights, I have discussed sin with you. How it came about and what is its effect. We also defined sin to get a better understanding of what it really is. The article is entitled Are We Sinning?
Like a Credit Card
I was browsing quotes about sin and I found one that is interestingly true. It says, “Sins are like a credit card, enjoy now, pay later.” It is funnily accurate. We like a sin not because we know it is an offence to God. And we do it because of the pleasure we gain.
Moreover, we forget that all do sin, especially the one that gives a lot of pleasure, is an offence to God. Furthermore, it does not mean that we cannot see Him, He cannot see our sins.
Today’s devotional reading is from the book of Jude 5-7. Please, read our recent devotional from the same book of Jude 1-4: How To Know When A Teaching Is False.
We will be looking into the next three verses of Jude that talk about sin and how God separates His people basing on their deeds.
The Sin of Disbelief
Let us continue with Jude 5, reminding the readers about the salvation of the Israelites out of Egypt. Jude named Jesus as the one who saved them. Some people might get confused and wonder, “Isn’t it God who saved the Israelites and parted the Red Sea?” You are correct, for God the Father and Son, Jesus Christ is one.
Jude further explained that after the redemption there was a judgement that happened for some of the Israelites turned away from God and started worshipping idols, the golden calf. Moses and the rest that believed in God were spared. Then they were eventually led to the promised land. While others, because of their disbelief were destroyed.
John 3:18 clearly states that “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Therefore, look into your hearts and reflect where your belief stands.
(Please visit the Weekly Insight: Who Is Your Intercessor? To know more about the story of the Israelites journey out of Egypt)
The Sin of Pride
The next verse, – Jude 6, talks about Satan and his angels. Satan was regarded as one of the highest-ranking angels. But because of his pride and lust for power, he was cast down from heaven. He overstepped in his authority given by God because he wanted to be God.
Some angels followed him and they too were cast down with Satan. And kept eternally chained under gloomy darkness until Judgement day. Other angels stayed with God in heaven and are now defending us from the fallen angels.
Proverbs 16:18 pointed it plainly, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” A lot of warnings and teachings can be read in the Bible which equips a person not to fall into temptations.
The Sin of Sexual Immorality
Jude 7 is the last verse of the book and the topic that we are all concerned about but others treat it as nothing important. Surely, sex is not a sin neither it is bad. It is a gift from God to a married couple, – man and woman, and a means on how couples are used by God to bring forth life into the world.
A sexual act becomes a sin when it is done not in the context of God’s design. Sexual activity outside marriage is called fornication and when a married person does it aside from his/her spouse it is called adultery. Both are under sexual immorality, and both are a sin against God.
(You can read our Bible Study about adultery – Lustful Mind is Corrupted Heart)
Genesis 2:24 gives us a simple way of understanding it, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” The author of Hebrews warns us when we corrupt sex when he wrote, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” (13:4 ESV).
(Please visit the Weekly Insight: God Saves. To see another article about Sodom and Gomorrah.)
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV
- How are you doing with your sins?
- Do you believe in Jesus Christ? If not Accept Jesus Now
- How do you strengthen your belief in Christ?
- Are you guilty of pride?
- How do you know if you are being proud?
- Have you committed sexual immorality?
- Does your conscience tell you when you have committed an offence to God?
- How do you nourish your conscience?
Lord, our God. We are sorry for the sins we have committed against you and others (mention your sins). May the Holy Spirit show us other actions, thoughts or speech which are displeasing to you that we may be able to confess and repent from it.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for defending us against the evil ones. But most of all thank you for saving us from the bondage of sins and giving us your righteousness. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide us towards you.
All these we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.