Tag Archives: Sin

Revelation 21-22 — What cannot enter heaven

Yesterday, we talked about the glory of heaven and of God’s people. We saw all the wonderful things that will be in heaven. But there is one thing that cannot be a part of heaven: sin. And anyone who lives … Continue reading

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Revelation 20:1-10 — Why people do evil

Why do people do evil? Does the devil make them do it? Are they simply products of their environment? The injustice, poverty, and the evil around them has so shaped them that they simply have no choice? Or is there … Continue reading

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James 5:15-20 — A faith that pursues

The letter of James ends rather abruptly compared to a lot of the letters that you see in the New Testament. But it ends with one of its main themes: a faith that expresses itself in love. And here we … Continue reading

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Ephesians 5:3-14 — Taking sin lightly

If there is one problem in this world, it’s that it takes sin lightly, even to the point of joking about it.  But sin is not something to be taken lightly.  Especially by Christians. So Paul says, But among you … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 6:11-13 — What holds our hearts

There are some people that think II Corinthians was actually two or even more letters actually pieced together.  Looking at this letter, I can see why, though I still believe it is one unified letter. Still, at one turn, Paul talks about … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 15:51-57 — The final victory

I really love these verses.  Somehow, I’ve never gotten around to committing them to memory, but I think I may just do that over the next several days. It is Paul’s victory cry.  He says, When the perishable has been … Continue reading

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Romans 7:14-25 — Hope

As I mentioned before in my last blog, I do believe there is room for hope in our fight against sin. The main problem Christians fight in their struggle against sin is despair.  And the question that most people ask is, “Am … Continue reading

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Romans 7:14-25 — Why we struggle with sin

Having given my prologue, let’s look at the text.  Like I said, I can see why some people say Paul is speaking as a Christian and others say that he isn’t.  Let’s start with the latter. If you look at … Continue reading

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Romans 7:7-13 — Just how bad is sin?

Paul says in verse 5, that while we were married to the sinful nature, the law aroused sinful passions within us. The natural question then becomes, “Is then the law bad?  Is it in fact equal to sin?  After all, … Continue reading

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Romans 7:1-6 — Married to Christ

One of the problems of interpreting Romans 7:1-6 is trying to determine who’s the husband in Paul’s illustration and who’s the wife.  I think it’s pretty clear from the illustration that we are the wife.  The question is, “Who were … Continue reading

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Romans 7:1-6 — Dead to sin? Dead to the law? Dead to both?

I must admit that I’ve wrestled with this passage more than almost any other I have come across.  The reason?  The illustrations and the words that Paul uses are almost impossible at first glance (and second, and third, and fourth) … Continue reading

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Romans 5:12-14 — Bad infection

This is admittedly a tough passage to completely fathom, though I get the general gist.  The most difficult part, I suppose, is our relationship to sin.  The big questions we need to ask is, “Are we sinners because we sin, … Continue reading

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Romans 3:9-20 — But I’m not that bad

One thing that many people can’t seem to understand is how God could reject a person just because they don’t believe in Christ. “After all, there are a lot of good people in this world who don’t believe in Jesus. … Continue reading

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Romans 1:18-32 — The problem of sin

As Christians, we often talk about salvation.  But what are we being saved from?  What have we done that is so bad that we require salvation? We find the answer in this passage, one of the darkest in all of … Continue reading

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Acts 5:1-11 — The seriousness of sin

This is perhaps the most shocking story in the book of Acts. It also shows us the seriousness of sin. Two people in the church, Ananias and Sapphira, had seen Barnabas generously sell some of his land to help the … Continue reading

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John 14:15-31 — If we truly love Jesus

This is one of those passages that would probably make many people turn their heads if they really thought about it. Jesus says to start off, If you love me, you will obey what I command.  (15) Think about that a … Continue reading

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Luke 17:1-3 — Causing others to fall

Just a quick note:  I’m currently on vacation back home in Hawaii.  So, I may or may not be blogging every day as usual.  We’ll see how things fall out. Speaking of falling, Jesus says here, Things that cause people … Continue reading

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Matthew 5:29-30 — Whatever it takes

My favorite sports team is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and back in the 70s, their coach was a man named Chuck Noll.  Noll had a saying, “Whatever it takes.”  In other words, “We do whatever necessary to win the game (within … Continue reading

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Matthew 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16 — The One who cleanses

I love the compassion of Jesus that we see in this passage.  A man covered with leprosy came to Jesus, begging him, Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.  (Matthew 8:2) Being leprous back in those days … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 9 — God’s grace in the midst of our unfaithfulness

In this passage, we see the people coming before God to confess their sins.  And in this prayer, we see two things.  The unfaithfulness of the Jews and God’s grace. The prayer starts with how God created everything, and then … Continue reading

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Ezekiel 21-22 — Standing in the gap

So many times, we complain about the evil that we see in this world.  But do we really care?  Do we care enough to do something about it? God in this passage tells Ezekiel to warn the people of the … Continue reading

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Jeremiah 18:7-23 — Turn

When I was in Hawaii, I often had Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons come to my door.  Even in Japan, I had Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door, although since I’ve moved to my condo 6 years ago, I’ve had no … Continue reading

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Isaiah 59 — A God far away?

Sometimes people complain, “Where is God in this world?  I sure can’t see him.  All I see is all the evil that’s here.” Actually, God is here.  But the evil that dwells within us makes it difficult for us to … Continue reading

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Micah 1 — Following the sins of others

We’re going to take a short break from Isaiah here for a couple of reasons.  First, Isaiah is just about to prophesy against Jerusalem, and here, Micah does the same.  And second, we need to do some catching up with … Continue reading

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