Class 2: Let God Touch You (Part 2)
Allow me to begin with a word from Mary McLeod Bethune, an American educator and civil rights activist. She said, “The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood.”
Epicurus, an ancient Greek philosopher, said, “The knowledge of sin is the beginning of salvation.”
Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:
You might recall that we talked about what it means to be a sinner and we went through several Scripture verses explaining that all of us have broken the laws of God. One verse we emphasized was Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” We must realize that we are all sinners. We have displeased God and fallen short of His standard of perfection. The punishment or consequences of sin is death. This is where we will continue our study today…
Now, please pull out your digital study guide or follow along on screen as we go through the text.
- God wants us to understand that because of our sins we face the punishment of death — both physical death and spiritual death. You see, because of sin, we die physically, but also because of sin, we die spiritually. This spiritual death is eternal separation from God in a place called Hell.
Please listen as I read these verses and note what they say about sin:
Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When God created the world, everything was perfect. Adam and Eve, the first humans, were also perfect. Because God wanted people to obey and follow Him because they love Him, He gave us free will, which is the ability to choose. Adam and Eve chose to disobey God in the Garden of Eden. Their sin led to their immediate spiritual death — their loss of fellowship with God, and their eventual physical death. Since God is Holy, He has to punish sin. However, He did not want His creation to be separated from Him forever, so He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and take the punishment we deserve on himself.
Now notice James 1:15: “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Sin often begets sin, and the culmination (or the end point) of all sin is death. We know that we will all die physically at one point or another, but we are already dead spiritually if we have not accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour. When evil is conceived in our hearts and acted upon by our will, it is sin. Sin is what causes spiritual death and separation from God.
Now, notice Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
A broad range of sins is covered in Revelation 21:8. This verse refers to spiritual death — permanent separation from God the Father in Hell or the lake of fire. Hell was originally prepared for the devil and his angels, but it is also where people will end up if they reject God and His free gift of salvation. Sin is abominable in the sight of God and He will not allow it into His presence, thus those who die without Christ will go to the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.
Now, look at 1 Corinthians 6:9: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?”
This verse states that no unrighteous person — no sinner — will be allowed into Heaven. God does not have a scaling system on which He ranks sins from least to greatest. The unrighteous — anyone who commits a single sin — which happen to be all people ever born into the world — cannot and will not be able to go to Heaven unless they have been made right with God by believing in Jesus Christ and accepting Him as Lord and Saviour.
We must realize that we are all sinners. We must also realize that there is a punishment for sin which is death — physical death and spiritual death. But God has not left us with no way out. He has given us a solution for our sins in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
This is where we will continue our study on “LET GOD TOUCH YOU” in our next class.
In closing, G.D. Boardman, said, “The cross is the only ladder high enough to touch Heaven’s threshold.”
Right now, I want to give you the opportunity to make the decision to give your life to Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
May God bless and keep you until we meet for our next class.