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God, the Master of Life (Genesis 6:5-8)

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God, The Master of Life

5 The LORD saw how great man`s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.

6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.

7 So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them.”

8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

(Genesis 6:5-8)

1. What if I could see the rest of my life?

 Hallelujah! I hope everyone enjoyed the Chuseok holiday.

Do you know the movie “In Time” starring Justin Timberlake, which was released in 2011?

Here’s the storyline of the movie.


With the development of science, in the future, everyone stops growing older once they turn twenty-five years old.

So people live their whole lives with a youthful, attractive appearance. 

The year is 2169, and with the development of science, people are genetically engineered to stop aging on their 25th birthday. This allows them to live their whole lives with a youthful, attractive appearance. But as soon as they turn 25, a one-year countdown timer on their forearm begins, telling them exactly how much time they have left to live. When it reaches zero, the person “times out” and dies instantly. Time has thus become the universal currency, transferred directly between people or stored in “time capsules”.

People pay with this time to buy food, take buses, and pay rent.

They calculate everything they need in their lives through this time. 

Thus, this society was always chaotic and noisy because the people were constantly trying to do something to get more time to live. They worked for time, borrowed time from others, or even stole time where and when they could. But all the while, the time on their forearm clicks was constantly tick-tick-ticking away.


What if we could check the time left for us, like these people?

Then we wouldn’t be able to live happily every day because we would be anxious about the ticking watches on our wrists that decrease our remaining lives every second.

 But think about it.

Although we can not see it, we all live with “Count down watches”.

The rest of our time on earth is still disappearing second after second, day after day into that virtual watch.

After all, we’re going to die someday.

 We don’t know the rest of our time, but God knows because he is the master of our lives.

God loves us, so he did not allow us to know the amount of time remaining in the rest of our lives.

Thanks to His considerations, we can therefore live each day faithfully and without worry.

Today, I am going to share from Genesis 6 under the title, 

< God, The Master of Life >

At this time, in Genesis 6, Adam’s tenth descendant, Noah, lived

This was a time when the population was increasing a lot over the whole earth.

The reason for this is that the people kept the words that God gave them earlier in Genesis: “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it”

This should be the most ideal image we could see in the Garden of Eden.

God blessing the people he created, and people loving and obeying God, the creator.

 God blessed people as promised. 

But, did the people love and obey God?

The Growth of Sin [Slavery in the temple]

Genesis 6:1~4

1 When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 

2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 

3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days — and also afterward — when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. —Amen.

According to the IVP (intervarsity press) Bible annotation

In the ancient world, stories of sexual relations between gods and men were often told.

In Mesopotamia and Canaan, a sacred wedding was held at the temple to commemorate the marriage of God and man.

These ceremonies were intended to solidify the fertility of the earth and prosperity in everyday marriage.

The ceremonies included fathers dedicating unmarried daughters to temple service.

In fact, the girls acted as temple slaves to entertain priests and wealthy admirers.

Verses 1, 2, and 4 describe these practices.

The “Sons of God” means “spiritual beings” and although the translation may say “angels” it’s not actually an indication of their goodness.

This is Like Job 1:6, 2:1

‘Daughters of Man’ means ordinary human women.

 According to Genesis, Slavery in the temple was not only unnecessary, but also an abomination before God.

Slavery in the temple seems to have reached its peak after a series of sins, from Adam’s eating of the forbidden fruit, to Cain’s murder of his brother, to the violent revenge of Lamech 

The result of this string of human sins stirred the great anger of God.

Genesis 6:6

6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.

“The LORD was grieved…”

The anger God felt would be similar to the human anger expressed in Genesis 34:7 and Samuel 19:2.

In Genesis 34:7, it’s expressed through the rage of a sister’s brothers after she is raped.

In Samuel 19:2, It’s expressed through the grief and anger a father feels when his son loses his life in war.

The Results of sin 

The Bible reflects the results of the consequences of sin, those who left God, the master of life.

As a consequence of sin, God lowered the life span of a person from an average age of 900 years to 120 years.

And then he sent the flood, extinguishing many sinful lives in an instant

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD

Genesis 6:5-8

5 The LORD saw how great man`s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.

6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.

7 So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them.”

8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

At that time, Everyone sinned out of their own greed. 

Nevertheless, God made a possibility of salvation through Noah and his family.

The mercy of God in this instance is very similar to that shown in Genesis 3 and 4.

Genesis 3:15

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

In Genesis 3, The serpent was cursed to crawl forever on its belly, and was condemned to constantly fight the descendants of the woman.

The woman’s descendants were prophesied to crush the serpent ‘s head, which would happen through Jesus, 

And Eventually the serpent will suffer even more damage in that long war.

This passage in Genesis is not only a judgment given to a serpent, but at the same time it is a promise, a prophecy, given to humanity.

Both Jews and Christians have traditionally viewed this prophecy as the first hint of a savior for humanity.

Genesis 4:15

But the LORD said to him, “Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.

 In Genesis 4, Like the clothes Adam and Eve received from God, Cain’s mark from God reminded him of his sins.

It also assured Cain that God would protect him from his enemies.

So, Even if a person is a sinner like Cain, if he requests God’s mercy,

God responds to that request.

 God is the one who prepares salvation for his children, and through Noah in Genesis chapter 6, he presented his salvation solution.

Genesis 6:9

9 This is the account of Noah.  Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.

I don’t know why it is said that God thought of Noah as a righteous and blameless man. But I do know one thing.

he walked with God.

Noah’s simple life of obedience and walking with God would probably have seemed boring and stupid to most people.

But because Noah obeyed God’s will rather than pursuing the values of the world, i think God loved this attitude in Noah.

The life of a christian 

The times we live in are similar to the times of Noah.

Sometimes living as a Christian can be ridiculed by people, or misunderstood, rejected, or ignored.

But we, like Noah, must remember who is the ultimate master of our lives.

Even if you are a Christian, sometimes God’s judgment can feel scary.

But for those who accompany God, this is not a concern.

In the end, they will receive not judgment and death, but salvation and eternal life.

 Noah accompanied God.

So he was safe from the judgment everyone else was afraid of.

He also lived well the rest of his life, enjoying the blessings that God gave him.

 NBA Basketball coach, Pat Riley said,

“If you don’t get better, you’ll get worse.”

This is the same in the relationship between God and us.

“If you don’t get better, you’ll get worse.”

So Let’s accompany God!

Let’s read the Bible and pray for that.

God will give us his great mercy.

He will give us his wisdom to overcome the unknown future.

And he will give us great joy and the power of Christ in our lives

I hope we will accompany God this week as well.

Let’s pray.


<생명의 주인이신 하나님>

5 여호와께서 사람의 죄악이 세상에 가득함과 그의 마음으로 생각하는 모든 계획이 항상 악할 뿐임을 보시고

6 땅 위에 사람 지으셨음을 한탄하사 마음에 근심하시고

7 이르시되 내가 창조한 사람을 내가 지면에서 쓸어버리되 사람으로부터 가축과 기는 것과 공중의 새까지 그리하리니 이는 내가 그것들을 지었음을 한탄함이니라 하시니라

8 그러나 노아는 여호와께 은혜를 입었더라

창세기 6:5-8

●내 남은 수명을 볼 수 있다면? [영화 “인타임”]

 할렐루야! 모두 추석 연휴를 즐겁게 보냈기를 소망합니다.

여러분은 지난 2011년에 개봉한 저스틴 팀버레이크 주연의 영화 “In Time”을 알고 있습니까?

영화의 줄거리는 이렇습니다.

과학의 발전으로 인해, 미래에 모든 사람들은 스물 다섯살이 되면 더 이상 늙지 않게 됩니다.

사람들은 가장 젊고 멋진 스물다섯살의 모습으로 살아가게 됩니다.

 그러나 누구나 스물다섯살이 되면, “Count body watch”를 자신의 팔에 새기게 되는데, 사람들은 이 시계를 통해 1년의 추가 생명을 받게 됩니다.

 “Count body watch”의 시간은 미래의 사회에서 돈과 같습니다. 사람들은 이 시간으로 음식을 사고, 버스를 타고, 집세를 냅니다. 그들은 삶에 필요한 모든 것을 시간으로 계산합니다.

 하지만 주어진 시간을 다 써버리고 “Count body watch” 시간이 “0”이 되면, 시계의 주인은 그 즉시 심장마비로 사망합니다.

 사람들은 시간을 얻게 위해, 일을 하거나, 누군가에게 시간을 빌리거나, 시간을 빼앗거나 하면서 이 사회는 남은 시간 때문에 언제나 시끄러웠습니다.

 만약 영화에 나오는 사람들처럼, 우리가 우리에게 남은 시간을 확인할 수 있다면 어떨까요?

우리는 1초마다 쉬지 않고 줄어드는 시간 때문에, 마음이 불안해서 하루하루를 마음 편하게 보내지 못할 것입니다.

 그러나 한번 생각해 보십시요.

비록 눈에 보이지는 않지만, 우리 모두 각각의 “Count body watch”를 가지고 살아갑니다.

그리고 그 시계 속에서 우리의 시간이 지금도 줄어들고 있습니다.

우리가 언젠가는 죽는다는 사실입니다.

 우리는 우리의 남은 시간을 알 수 없지만, 하나님은 알고 계십니다.

그 분이 우리 생명의 주인이기 때문입니다.

하나님은 우리를 사랑하시고 배려하셔서, 우리가 우리 인생의 남은 시간을 아는 것을 허락하지 않으셨습니다. 그 덕분에 우리는 걱정 없이 매일매일의 하루를 충실히 살아 갈 수 있습니다.

오늘은 <생명의 주인이신 하나님>이라는 제목으로 창세기 6장을 나누려고 합니다.

이 시대에는 아담의 열 번째 자손 노아가 살았습니다.

이 때는 땅 위에 인구가 많이 증가한 시기였습니다.

그 이유는 하나님께서 아담에게 “생육하고 번성하라”고 하신 말씀을 지키셨기 때문입니다.

 하나님께서 자신이 창조한 사람들을 축복해 주시고, 사람들은 창조자이신 하나님을 사랑하고 순종하는 것이, 에덴 동산에서 볼 수 있었던 가장 이상적인 모습이었습니다.

 하나님은 약속대로 사람들을 축복해주셨는데, 사람들은 하나님을 사랑하고 순종했을까요?

●죄의 성장 [창기 문화]

창세기 6:1~4

1 사람이 땅 위에 번성하기 시작할 때에 그들에게서 딸들이 나니

2 하나님의 아들들이 사람의 딸들의 아름다움을 보고 자기들이 좋아하는 모든 여자를 아내로 삼는지라

3 여호와께서 이르시되 나의 영이 영원히 사람과 함께 하지 아니하리니 이는 그들이 육신이 됨이라 그러나 그들의 날은 백이십 년이 되리라 하시니라

4 당시에 땅에는 네피림이 있었고 그 후에도 하나님의 아들들이 사람의 딸들에게로 들어와 자식을 낳았으니 그들은 용사라 고대에 명성이 있는 사람들이었더라  아멘

IVP 성경 주석에 따르면…

고대 세계에서는 신과 인간이 성적 관계를 맺는 이야기들이 종종 전해져 내려온다.

메소포타미아와 가나안에서는 신과 인간의 결혼을 기념하기 위해 신전에서 성스러운 결혼식을 거행했다. 이 예식들은 땅의 비옥함과 일상적인 결혼에서의 번성을 확고하게 하기 위한 것이었다. 

이 의식들에는 아버지들이 결혼하지 않은 딸들을 신전 봉사를 위해 바치는 것도 포함되어 있었다. 

실제로 이 소녀들은 제사장들과 부유한 숭배자들을 즐겁게 하기 위해 신전 창기로 봉사했다.

 1절, 2절, 4절은 이러한 관습을 묘사한다. ‘하나님의 아들들’이란 영적인 존재들을 가리킨다. 여기에서나 욥기 1장6절, 2장1절에서 이 존재들을 선하지 않음에도 불구하고 천사들이라 번역되어 있다. ‘사람의 딸들’은 보통 인간 여자들을 가리킨다.

 창세기에 의하면 이 신전 창기의 관습은 필요하지 않을 뿐만 아니라, 하나님 앞에 가증한 것이었다. 여기서 등장한 신전 창기 관습은 아담이 금단의 열매를 먹은 것으로부터 시작해서 가인이 그 동생을 죽인 것, 그리고 라멕의 난폭한 복수에 이르기까지 일련의 죄들 가운데서 가장 정점에 이른 것으로 보인다.

 인간의 이러한 죄성은 하나님의 강렬하고 신랄한 의분을 일으킨다.

이 의분(‘마음에 근심하시고’)은 여동생이 강간 당하였을 때 오빠들이 느끼는 감정(창34:7), 혹은 아들이 전쟁에서 목숨을 잃었을 때 아버지의 감정과 비슷한 것이다(삼하 19:2).

●죄의 결과 (생명이 사라짐)

 성경에서는 생명이신 하나님을 떠나 죄 가운데 사는 사람들의 결과를 보여줍니다. 그 결과로 하나님께서는 이 땅에 사는 사람의 수명을 평균 900세에서 120세로 낮추어 버리십니다. 또 홍수를 통해 많은 생명들이 한 순간에 사라지게 되었습니다.

●여호와께 은혜를 입은 노아

창세기 6:5-8

5 여호와께서 사람의 죄악이 세상에 가득함과 그의 마음으로 생각하는 모든 계획이 항상 악할 뿐임을 보시고

6 땅 위에 사람 지으셨음을 한탄하사 마음에 근심하시고

7 이르시되 내가 창조한 사람을 내가 지면에서 쓸어버리되 사람으로부터 가축과 기는 것과 공중의 새까지 그리하리니 이는 내가 그것들을 지었음을 한탄함이니라 하시니라

8 그러나 노아는 여호와께 은혜를 입었더라

 모든 사람들이 하나님과 떨어져 자신의 이익을 위해 죄를 짓고 있었습니다.

그럼에도 불구하고 하나님께서는 노아를 통해 구원의 가능성을 열어놓고 계십니다.

이러한 하나님의 자비는 창세기 3장과 4장에 나타난 것과 매우 유사합니다.

창 3:15

내가 너로 여자와 원수가 되게 하고 네 후손도 여자의 후손과 원수가 되게 하리니 여자의 후손은 네 머리를 상하게 할 것이요 너는 그의 발꿈치를 상하게 할 것이니라 하시고

 뱀은 저주를 받아 ‘배로 다녀야’ 했고, 인간 곧 여자의 후손과 끊임없이 싸워야 했다.

여자의 후손이 뱀의 머리를 상하게 할 것이라고 했으므로 결국 후자가 그 오랜 전쟁에서 더 치명적인 피해를 입게 될 것이다. 따라서 이것은 뱀에게 주는 심판이지만 동시에 사람에게 주는 약속이기도 하다. 그래서 이것은 전통적으로 유대인과 그리스도인 모두에게 인류를 위한 구원자에 대한 최초의 암시로 여겨져 왔다.

창 4:15

여호와께서 그에게 이르시되 그렇지 아니하다 가인을 죽이는 자는 벌을 칠 배나 받으리라 하시고 가인에게 표를 주사 그를 만나는 모든 사람에게서 죽임을 면하게 하시니라

 아담과 하와가 하나님으로부터 받은 옷처럼 가인의 표는 그의 죄를 상기시켜준다.

또한 그것은 하나님이 원수들로부터 그를 보호하실 것을 확신시켜 준다.

이를 통해 우리는 아무리 가인과 같이 완고한 죄인이라 하더라도 하나님께 자비를 구하면 응답해 주신다는 사실을 알 수 있다. 

 하나님은 그의 자녀들을 위해 구원을 예비하시는 분입니다. 그래서 하나님께서는 이번에도 노아를 선택함으로 그의 구원의 자비를 베푸셨습니다.

창세기 6:9

9 이것이 노아의 족보니라 노아는 의인이요 당대에 완전한 자라 그는 하나님과 동행하였으며

하나님께서 노아를 왜 의인으로 또 완전한 자로 인정하셨는지는 확실히 알 수 없습니다.

하지만 한 가지 확실한 것은 노아가 하나님과 동행하였다는 사실입니다.

사실 세상 사람들이 보기에 노아의 삶은 따분하고 어리석어 보였을 것입니다.

하지만 노아는 세상의 가치보다 생명의 주인이신 하나님의 뜻에 순종하였습니다.

이러한 노아의 마음을 하나님이 좋게 보신 것 같습니다.

●그리스도인의 삶

 우리가 살아가는 지금 이 시대도 노아의 시대와 비슷합니다.

때때로 그리스도인으로 살아가는 것은 사람들에게 조롱을 받거나, 외로울 수도 있습니다.

하지만 우리는 노아처럼 우리 생명의 주인이신 하나님을 기억하고 순종해야 합니다.

우리 그리스도인에게도 하나님의 심판이 때로는 무섭게 느껴질 때가 있습니다.

하지만 하나님과 동행하려고 하는 사람들에게 이것은 걱정거리가 아닙니다.

그들이 받을 것은 심판과 죽음이 아니라 구원과 영원한 생명이기 때문입니다.

 하나님과 동행하였던 노아를 보십시요. 그가 하나님과 동행하였더니, 모두가 두려워했던 심판으로부터 안전하였습니다. 또한 심판이 지나간 후에 그는 하나님이 주신 축복을 누리면서 남은 삶을 잘 살았습니다.

 농구 코치 팻 라일리는 이런 말을 했습니다.

“나아지지 않으면 나빠질 것이다”

 이것은 하나님과 나와의 관계도 마찬가지 입니다.

“나아지지 않으면 나빠질 것이다”

 하나님와 동행하십시요. 이를 위해 깨어서 성경을 보고 기도하십시요.

그러면 생명의 하나님께서 그의 자비를 우리에게 주실 것입니다.

그가 알 수 없는 두려운 미래를 헤쳐나갈 수 있는 지혜를 우리에게 알려주실 것입니다.

그가 우리에게 새 생명과 힘과, 그리스도의 능력을 주실 것입니다.

 이번 한 주도 하나님과 동행하기를 소망합니다.

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The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil that God gave us (Genesis 3:8-11)

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<The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil that God gave us>

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?“

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.“

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

Genesis 3:8-11

0. The reason for existence with the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil

Today’s sermon title is “The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil that God gave us.”

I’m going to share from the Bible, Genesis Chapter 3 to understand the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. But “the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil” is too long a name. So from now on, Let’s just call this “The fruit”.

Why did God create The fruit?

If he did not create it, people could have lived a happy life forever without sin, right?

There are two main questions about The fruit. These two questions reveal a contradiction about God.

  1. The First question is: Is God almighty (and all knowing) but not good?
    • If God is almighty (and all knowing), he must already know that humans would eat The fruit someday. According to this assumption, God must have created The fruit in order to make humans commit a sin, right?
  2. The Second question is: Is God rather good but not almighty (and all knowing)?
    • Because God is good, he might have expected that human beings would always obey God. But if he is not almighty (and all knowing), he couldn’t have known that humans would commit a sin, right?

Actually, in order To know God and ourselves exactly, we have to know the true meaning of The fruit.

1. Serpent (Trouble maker, clever one)

Suddenly, A serpent appeared in front of the woman, Eve. He was a very clever trouble maker. He altered and manipulated the words of God to create a big problem.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, `You must not eat from any tree in the garden`?“ Amen.

Genesis Chapter 3 verse 1

The serpent never talked about The fruit from the beginning.

He didn’t want to reveal his true purpose.

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,

3 but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.`“

4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.

5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.“ Amen.

Genesis Chapter 3 verses 2 to 5

The crafty serpent tempted her and stimulated her desires. So Eve gave in to temptation, indulged her desires, and forgot that God is her Creator. Since she thought that she could be the master of her own life, she thought first of her own benefits. Therefore, in that moment, she chose to turn away from God. She might have thought that God was acting like a person who interfered with her interests.

In the end, together with her husband, Adam, they both indulged in their desires. Thus, They didn’t obey God, but gave in to temptation and to their own desires.

2. Human Beings

What is a human being?

If God didn’t create The fruit, could the first people have obeyed God forever? Would they have obeyed forever?

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,

3 but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.`” Amen.

Genesis Chapter 3 verses 2 to 3

Human beings usually live their lives for their own benefit and comfort. The first people didn’t eat The fruit. But that was not out of obedience to God. Rather, They couldn’t eat The fruit because they were afraid of death.

Even if there was not The fruit that led to the Original Sin, People who live their lives for their benefit eventually will not obey God someday.

Why did the serpent visit a woman who was alone?

This is because human beings easily fall into temptation when they are alone.

  • After meeting the serpent, Eve’s desire was stimulated and she told her husband about her desire.
  • After meeting Eve, Adam’s desire that he had not known before was also stimulated.

This is not something that happened only in ancient times. The same situation also happens to us still today in modern times.

  • Before mass media and social media was developed, it was easier for people to live with more satisfaction and gratitude for what they had.
  • But as the media and the Internet developed, it became easier to see people who lived better lives than themselves, and people’s jealousy and desires became more stimulated.

Companies advertised that we should have beautiful clothes, fancy cars and big houses for a good life. People could no longer be satisfied with what they had anymore. And so People no longer lived their lives with gratitude. This is Because one man’s desire quickly spreads to all the people.

There are good desires and bad desires.

  • It is a good desire if we live our lives to glorify God above all other things.
  • On the other hand, If we live our lives to glorify ourselves above all other things, this is a bad desire.

More specifically, this desire to glorify ourselves above all other things is a desire to become like God who already IS above all other things and has and controls everything.

3. Sin (Selfish desires)

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Genesis Chapter 3 verses 6 to 7

Those who hold onto bad desires are no longer looking at the Word of God. These arrogant people sinned by eating The fruit. And they really did gain knowledge like God. They were able to distinguish good from evil. But it was not a blessing, it was a curse.

Only God has the ultimate power to judge. But when people take the ability to judge, they attack themselves and others with their judgement.

This story is not just about Genesis. Think about the world we live in now. The world we live in is steeped in Materialism, Mammonism. Everyone here, whether you’re a winner or a loser, is anxious about something. There is no peace in God. And there is no peace with God.

However, when we leave judgment up to God, we feel at peace because God takes care of our hearts.

4. The meaning of The fruit (Obedience)

It’s time to finally unravel the secrets of The fruit.

What’s the real meaning of fruit of the knowledge of good and evil?

Let me share two key messages about the Fruit.

4-1 First, The fruit lets us know who we are

The fruit separates us from God. God is free from the fruit, but we have limitations from it. This makes us realize that God is the creator, and we are creations. The fruit makes us remember that our master is God.

So God planted The fruit tree in the center of the garden of Eden so that human beings could see it well, and therefore remember that God is our creator.

So how can we solve the initial two questions that we asked.

  1. First, either God is almighty but not good.
  2. Or Second, God is good but not almighty.

Actually, These two questions are both wrong.

1. First, It is not that God is not good, but rather, God, by his very nature, is perfectly good.

When we look at the Bible as a moral standard, sometimes it can be difficult to understand what God has done. But think about it. God is greater than moral standards. His very nature and character are higher than any moral standard.

2. Second, The reason we have free will and can choose to obey or to sin is because God is almighty and he has the power to judge or forgive.

God wants us to come to him sincerely. So God waits for us to choose the right path again, even when we make the wrong choice. This is God’s perfect personality. God is both a parent and a teacher who loves us and corrects us, and ultimately wants good for us.

4-2 Second, The fruit lets us know that Only God can judge.

When arrogant people take the power to judge, it becomes a curse for them.

People judged themselves and each other and forgot that they were precious children of God. So they calculated their value ​​by the standards of the world, and they became jealous, arrogant, and depressed. They also judge others by their own standards, hurting them, and making their lives hard.

So what we need to do is return the fruit to God and leave judgment up to God. Then the peace of God’s Garden of Eden will return to us.

5. Amazing Grace (The tree of life)

Let’s think about the history of the world for a moment. What happens when a rebel who attempts to establish himself as king fails? He is executed for treason. So were Adam and Eve, in a sense.

They were people who tried to rebel against God to become gods. But our God did not kill them immediately. Rather, He gave them the punishment they could afford, and gave them the opportunity to reflect and repent.

God changed the clothes they made out of fig leaves into good leather clothes. And That is not the only grace of God.

Remember, There were two trees in the center of the garden.

  1. One was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
  2. The other was the Tree of Life.

In Genesis chapter 3, God said this when the people sinned:

22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

Genesis Chapter 3 verse 22

Therefore, God expelled the people from the Garden of Eden, where there was a tree of Life that gives eternal life. But God, who loves his Creations so deeply, eventually sent the Tree of Life back to us.

This is Jesus Christ!

The man who believes in Jesus is saved from the judgment of God. Because they remember and believe that God is their master. And God acknowledges their faith. This is the grace of God, which is truly amazing grace!

To not eat the fruit in the Garden of Eden, and To believe in Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. These have the same meaning.  This is because I confess God as my master, and commit my life to wholeheartedly serve and glorify him above all other things.

To us who tried to kill God, to kill Jesus, for our benefit, to become our own gods and masters of our own lives. God has paid us back with everlasting love through his son, Jesus Christ.

Remember, The reason we are likely to leave God and fall into temptation and sin is because we are sinners by birth who act in our own interests, much like the serpent.

So, then Why should we overcome the temptation of Satan and choose God?

Satan always comes to us with temptations that appear to be for our own benefit at first. But when the end comes, they take not only our own interests, but our very lives as well.

However, God is completely different from Satan. God gives us his eternal life Through the death of Jesus Christ because God is the one who created us and is responsible for us to the end.

Let’s say this together!

Let us abandon our sinful desires, and obey our master God!
Let us abandon our sinful desires, and obey our master God!
Let us abandon our sinful desires, and obey our master God!

Our Wonderful God will prepare for the best life for us.

Let’s pray.


2020년 9월 13일 강석권 준목님 설교
하나님께서 우리에게 주신 선악과의 의미
창세기(3장 8~11절)
8.그들이 날이 서늘할 떼에 동산에 거니시는 여호와 하나님의 음성을 듣고 아담과 그 아내가 여호와 하나님의 낯을 피하여 동산 나무 사이에 숨는지라.
9.여호와 하나님이 아담을 부르시며 그에게 이르시되 네가 어디 있느냐?
10.가로되 내가 동산에서 하나님의 소리를 듣고 내가 벗었으므로 두려워하여 숨었나이다.
11.가라사대 누가 너의 벗었음을 네게 고하였느냐 내가 너더러 먹지 말라 명한 그 나무 실과를 네가 먹었느냐?

◉ 에덴동산에 선악과가 존재한 이유는 무엇 때문인가?
오늘 저는 성경 창세기 3장에 나오는 선악과에 대한 것을 함께 나누고자 합니다.

  • 왜 하나님은 선악과를 만들어 놓았을까요?
    만일 하나님께서 선악과를 만들지 않았다면 인간은 죄도 짓지 않고 영원히 행복하게 살 수 있었는데…. 정말 그럴까요?
    ◉ 선악과에 관해서는 아래와 같이 두 가지의 질문을 할 수 있는데, 이 두 가지 질문은 서로 자기 모순적인 질문입니다.
  • 하나님은 전지전능하시지만, 좋으신 하나님은 아니다?
    하나님이 전지전능하시다면 하나님께서는 언젠가 인간이 선악과를 따 먹을 것이라는 것을 당연히 알았을 것이다. 그렇다면, 하나님은 인간이 죄를 짓도록 하기 위해서 선악과를 만들어 놓았음에 틀림없다. 그런가???
  • 하나님은 좋으신 하나님이지만, 결코 전지전능하신 분은 아니다?
    좋으신 하나님이기 때문에 인간이 항상 하나님께 순종할 것이라는 기대를 갖고 있었다. 그러나 그가 전지전능하시지 않기 때문에 인간이 설마 죄를 범할 것이라는 것을 몰랐을 수도 있다. 정말 그런가???
    실제로 하나님과 우리 인간을 정확히 알기 위해서는 먼저 선악과의 진정한 의미를 알아야만 한다.
  1. 뱀(사고뭉치, 교활한 놈)
    어느 날 갑자기 뱀이 하와 앞에 등장한다. 그는 매우 교활한 골치 덩어리이다. 그가 큰 말썽을 부리기 위해서 하나님의 말씀을 조금 바꾸고 수작을 부려 놓았다.
    여호와 하나님이 지으신 들짐승 중에 뱀이 가장 간교하더라 뱀이 여자에게 물어 가로되 하나님이 참으로 너희더러 동산 모든 나무 실과를 먹지 말라 하시더냐? -창세기 3:1
    뱀은 처음부터 선악과의 이야기를 꺼내지 않았다. 그는 자기의 진짜 의도를 여자가 알아차리기를 원치 않았다.
    여자가 뱀에게 말하되 동산 나무의 실과를 우리가 먹을 수 있으나 동산 중앙에 있는 나무의 실과는 하나님의 말씀에 너희는 먹지도 말고 만지지도 말라 너희가 죽을까 하노라 하셨느니라. 뱀이 여자에게 이르되 너희가 결코 죽지 아니하리라. 너희가 그것을 먹는 날에는 너희 눈이 밝아 하나님과 같이 되어 선악을 알줄을 하나님이 아심이라. -창세기 3:2~5
    교활한 뱀은 여자를 유혹하고 여자의 욕망을 자극하였다. 그래서 하와는 유혹에 못 이겨 욕망에 빠져서 하나님이 자기의 창조자라는 것을 잊고 말았다. 그 순간 그는 자기의 인생의 주인이 자기 자신이며 따라서, 자기의 이익을 최우선으로 생각했다. 그래서 그는 하나님으로부터 멀어지는 선택을 하고 말았다. 그 순간 하나님도 인간처럼 자신의 이익을 위해 자기를 침범할 것이라고 생각했다. 결국 자기 남편인 아담과 함께 욕망에 지고 말았다. 그래서 유혹에 넘어지고 욕망에 빠져서 하나님께 불순종하고 말았다.
  2. 인간이란 무엇인가?
    하나님이 선악과를 만들지 않았다면 첫 사람은 영원히 하나님께 순종하였을까? 그들이 과연 영원이 순종했을까?
    여자가 뱀에게 말하되 동산 나무의 실과를 우리가 먹을 수 있으나 동산 중앙에 있는 나무의 실과는 하나님의 말씀에 너희는 먹지도 말고 만지지도 말라 너희가 죽을까 하노라 하셨느니라. -창세기 3:2,3
    인간은 보통 자신의 이익과 안위를 위해 산다. 첫 사람은 선악과를 먹지 않았다. 그렇지만 하나님께 불순종하지도 않았다. 그들은 다만 죽음이 두려워서 선악과를 따먹을 수 없었다. 그들을 원죄로 이끄는 선악과가 없었다고 하더라도 자기의 이익만 추구하는 삶을 사는 인간은 결국 언젠가는 하나님께 불순종하게 될 것이다.
    ◉ 왜 뱀은 혼자 있는 여자에게 찾아왔을까?
    인간은 혼자 있을 때 유혹에 빠지기 쉽기 때문이다.
  • 뱀을 만난 후, 하와의 욕망이 자극되었고 자기 남편에게도 자기의 욕망을 이야기했다.
  • 하와를 만난 후, 아담도 전에는 알지 못했던 욕망에 자극되었다.
    이러한 연쇄반응은 옛날에만 일어나는 일이 아니다. 오늘날에도 여전히 이러한 상황이 일어나고 있다.
  • 대중매체와 개인매체가 발전하기 전에도 사람들은 자기가 가진 것에 만족하지 않고 더 많은 만족을 얻으려고 했었다.
  • 미디어와 인터넷이 발전함에 따라 자기보다 더 잘 사는 사람을 쉽게 접하게 됨으로써 사람들의 질투심과 욕망이 더욱 자극을 받게 되었다. 회사는 좋은 삶을 위해서 더 좋은 옷과 멋진 차와 큰 집을 가져야 한다고 광고하고 있다. 사람들은 더 이상 자기가 가진 것에 만족할 수가 없다. 그래서 사람들은 더 이상 감사하는 삶을 살지 않고 있다. 이렇게 한 사람의 욕망이 빠르게 모든 사람에게 퍼져나가고 있다.
    ◉ 좋은 욕망과 나쁜 욕망이 존재하는가?
  • 사람이 다른 무엇보다도 하나님의 영광을 위한 삶을 산다면 그것은 좋은 욕망이다.
  • 그러나 다른 무엇보다도 자신의 영광을 위한 삶을 산다면 그것은 나쁜 욕망이다.
    더 구체적으로 이야기하면, 다른 무엇보다도 자신의 영광을 위한 이러한 욕망은 이미 자기가 하나님과 같이 되어서 모든 것 위에서 있으면서 모든 것을 통제하겠다는 것이다.
  1. 죄(이기적인 욕망)
    여자가 그 나무를 본즉 먹음직도 하고 보암직도 하고 지혜롭게 할 만큼 탐스럽기도 한 나무인지라 여자가 그 실과를 따먹고 자기와 함께한 남편에게도 주매 그도 먹은지라 이에 그들의 눈이 밝아 자기들의 몸이 벗은 줄을 알고 무화과나무 잎을 엮어 치마를 하였더라. – 창세기 3:6,7
    나쁜 욕망에 사로잡힌 사람들은 더 이상 하나님의 말씀을 듣지 않습니다. 이러한 무례한 사람들은 선악과를 따먹는 죄를 짓게 되었습니다. 그리고 실제로 하나님처럼 지식을 얻게 되었습니다. 그들은 선과 악을 구별할 수 있었습니다. 그러나 그것은 축복이 아니라, 저주였습니다.
    ◉ 하나님만이 심판을 할 수 있는 궁극적인 능력을 갖고 있습니다. 사람이 심판하는 능력을 갖게 되면, 그것은 그들 자신과 다른 사람들을 공격하게 됩니다. 이 이야기는 단지 창세기에만 국한되지 않습니다. 현재 우리가 살고 있는 세상을 생각해 봅시다. 이 세상은 물질만능주의 금전만능주의에 심각하게 빠져있습니다. 여기에 있는 모든 사람들 승리자이거나 패배자이거나 모두 무엇인가를 걱정하면서 살고 있습니다. 하나님이 있을 곳은 없습니다. 하나님과 함께 평안을 누릴 수 있는 곳은 아무데도 없습니다. 그러나 우리가 우리의 심판을 하나님께 맡기면 하나님이 우리의 마음을 어루만져 주시기 때문에 평안을 느끼게 됩니다.
  2. 선악과의 의미(순종)
    드디어 선악과의 비밀을 풀 시간이 왔습니다. 선악과의 진정한 의미는 무엇일까요? 선악과에 관한 두 가지 핵심 의미를 함께 나누어 봅시다.
    4-1 첫 째로 선악과는 우리가 누구인지를 알게 해 줍니다.
    선악과는 하나님과 인간을 구별시켜 줍니다. 하나님은 선악과로부터 자유롭지만, 인간은 선악과로부터 자유롭지 않습니다. 선악과는 하나님이 창조주이고 인간은 피조물임을 깨닫게 합니다. 선악과는 하나님이 우리의 주인이라는 것을 상기시켜 줍니다. 그래서 하나님은 에덴동산 중앙에 선악과를 심었고 사람들이 잘 볼 수 있도록 해 두었습니다. 그럼, 어떻게 우리의 처음에 이야기했던 두 가지 질문을 풀 수 있을까요?
  • 첫 번째 질문, 하나님은 전지전능하지만, 좋으신 분은 아니다.
  • 두 번째 질문, 하나님은 좋으신 분이지만, 전지전능하지 않다.
    사실, 두 가지 모두 다 잘못된 질문입니다.
    첫 번째, 하나님은 좋으신 분이 아닌 것이 아니고 오히려 하나님 본체로서 완벽하게 좋으신 분입니다. 우리가 성경을 읽으면서 도덕적인 기준으로 보면, 하나님이 행하신 일을 이해하기가 어려울 수 있습니다. 그러나 생각해 봅시다. 하나님은 도덕적인 기준보다 더 크십니다. 그분의 본체가 어떤 도덕적인 기준보다 높으신 분입니다.
    두 번째, 우리가 자유 의지를 가지고 순종할 것인가 죄를 지을 것인가를 선택하는 이유는 하나님이 전지전능하기 때문이고 그분만이 심판과 용서를 하시기 때문입니다. 하나님은 우리가 진심으로 그분께 다가오기를 바라십니다. 그래서 하나님은 잘못된 선택을 할 때에도 우리가 바른 길을 선택할 때까지 기다리십니다. 이것이 하나님의 완벽한 인격입니다. 하나님은 우리 부모님이나 선생님처럼 우리를 사랑하고 우리를 바르게 가르쳐서 궁극적으로 우리가 좋은 길을 가기를 원하십니다.
    4-2 두 번째로 선악과는 하나님만이 심판할 수 있다는 것을 우리에게 가르쳐 줍니다.
    무례한 인간이 심판하는 능력을 갖게 된다면 그것은 인간에게 저주가 될 것입니다. 사람들이 자기 자신을 심판하고 다른 사람들을 심판한다면, 그들이 귀중한 하나님의 자녀라는 것을 잊어버립니다. 그래서 사람들이 세상의 기준으로 사람을 판단하고 질투하고 무례를 행하고 남을 억압하게 됩니다. 사람들이 다른 사람들을 자기의 기준으로 판단하면, 사람에게 상처를 주고 그들의 삶을 힘들게 합니다. 따라서, 우리에게 필요한 것은 선악과는 하나님께 돌려드리고 심판도 하나님께 맡겨야 합니다. 그러면 하나님의 에덴동산의 평화를 찾을 수 있을 것입니다.
  1. 놀라운 은혜(생명나무)
    잠시 세계의 역사에 관해 생각해 봅시다. 왕이 실패를 해서 신하가 왕이 되려고 반란을 시도하면 무슨 일이 일어났습니까? 그는 반역죄로 처형됩니다. 아담과 하와도 마찬가집니다. 그들도 하나님이 되려고 하나님께 반란을 시도했습니다. 그러나 하나님은 그들을 즉시 처형하지 않았습니다. 오히려 하나님은 그들이 견딜 수 있는 형벌을 주고 반성하고 회개할 기회를 주었습니다. 하나님은 아담과 하와에게 무화가 이파리로 만든 옷 대신에 가죽 옷을 만들어 입혔습니다. 그것 말고도 또 하나의 하나님의 은혜가 더 있습니다. 에덴동산 중앙에 두 가지 나무가 있었다는 것을 기억해 보십시오.
  • 하나는 선악과입니다.
  • 또 하나는 생명나무입니다.
    창세기3장 22절에서 여호와 하나님이 가라사대 보라 이 사람이 선악을 아는 일에 우리 중 하나 같이 되었으니 그가 그 손을 들어 생명나무 실과도 따먹고 영생할까 하노라 하시고….
    그래서 하나님이 사람들을 영생을 주는 생명나무가 있는 에덴동산에서 추방해 버렸습니다. 그렇지만 피조물을 깊이 사랑하시는 하나님이 결국 우리 인간에게 생명나무를 보내주셨다.
    ◉ 생명나무는 예수 그리스도!
    예수를 믿는 인간은 하나님의 심판으로부터 구원을 받습니다. 왜냐하면 그들은 하나님이 그들의 주인임을 기억하고 믿기 때문입니다. 그리고 하나님은 그들의 믿음을 아십니다. 이것이 하나님의 은혜이고 이것이 바로 하나님의 놀라운 은혜입니다. 에덴동산의 선악과를 먹지 않기 위해서는 내 자신의 주인이고 구원자이신 예수님을 믿는 것입니다. 선악과를 따먹지 않는 것과 예수를 믿는 것은 같은 의미입니다. 이것이 바로 내가 하나님을 나의 주인으로 고백하고 온 마음을 바쳐 하나님을 섬기고 다른 어떤 것보다도 하나님의 영광을 위하여 살아야 하는 이유입니다. 하나님을 죽이고 예수님을 죽이고 우리 자신만의 이익을 위해서 우리가 스스로 하나님이 되고 우리가 자기 인생의 주인이 되어 살려고 했습니다. 그러나 하나님은 영원한 사랑을 가지고 자기의 아들이신 예수 그리스도를 통해서 우리의 죄악을 모두 청산해 주셨습니다. 명심하십시오. 우리가 쉽게 하나님을 떠나서 유혹에 빠져 죄를 짓는 이유는 뱀처럼 우리 자신만의 이익을 위해서 살기 때문입니다.
  • 그럼, 어째서 우리가 사탄의 유혹을 극복하고 하나님을 선택해야만 합니까?
    사탄이 항상 우리에게 찾아와서 유혹할 때는 처음에는 우리 자신의 이익을 가지고 나타납니다. 그러나 결국에는 사탄이 우리 자신의 이익뿐 아니라 우리 생명까지도 빼앗아 갑니다.
    그러나 하나님은 사탄과 완전히 다릅니다. 하나님은 예수 그리스도의 죽음을 통해서 우리에게 영생을 주십니다. 하나님이 우리를 만드셨기 때문에 우리를 끝까지 책임을 지십니다.
    함께 세 번 외쳐봅시다!!!!
    우리의 죄스런 욕망을 버리고 주인이신 하나님께 순종합시다!!!!
    우리의 죄스런 욕망을 버리고 주인이신 하나님께 순종합시다!!!!
    우리의 죄스런 욕망을 버리고 주인이신 하나님께 순종합시다!!!!
    감사합니다.
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The Dangers of Sins (Hebrews 10:26-31)

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The Dangers of Sins

Hebrews 10:26-31 (Pastor Heo)

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.


1 John 3:5 “Jesus Christ appeared in this world to remove sin… to give his life as a ransom for us.”

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God.”

Jesus came to help, teach, give an example – but more than all things – he came to die for us. His death on the cross is foundational for every other blessing we enjoy – to remove sins from our lives, our eternal lives.

If we are sure that Jesus’ fundamental purpose is to remove sins from our lives, then what should we do with those sins? We must not compromise, we must hate them, we must flee from them and their temptation.

If we compromise, we will find ourselves fighting Christ. If we are friends with sin, we are enemies with Christ. If we are close to sin, we are far from Christ.

“The dangers of sins.”

This is the last Sunday of this year, but the topic is very serious – a warning and threat against the dangers of sins.

v. 26-27

“26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

We know nobody is perfect – nobody is sinless – not even very mature Christians. If I say, “I’m sinless, then I’m a liar (sinner).”

“If you claim to be without sin, you deceive yourselves and the truth is not in you… He will purify us from all unrighteousness.”

But remember the point of these two verses: it’s absolutely impossible for saved Christians to continue to sin willfully.

Have you heard: “The sad consequences of mercifully forgiven sins”? What does this mean?

The true, practical meaning is: David is a fitful example.

He was king, at the top of the world. He sinned – terribly – deliberately and intentionally – adultery with Bathsheba, and murdered her husband Uriah by putting him in the front line of the army. He did not recognize the weight and size of his sin. God sent Nathan to convict him, and he was convicted. He repented in sackcloth and ashes and called out to God in repentance. He was forgiven. But he suffered sad consequences anyway: “The sword shall never depart from your house.”

Continuing story: Abnon raped Tamar (son and daughter of David) – then the real brother (not step-brother) murdered Abnon. And Absolom committed adultery with David’s concubines in the daylight – and tried to take over his kingdom (son). David’s son Solomon killed his brother who tried to become king after David.

These are the consequences of sin – even though sin is completely forgiven.

That’s why Jesus says, “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away because it is better for you to enter eternal life without one hand than to be thrown into the fires of hell. (Likewise with your eyes).”

These are the consequences of sin – even forgiven sin.

v. 28-29

“28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 *How much more* severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?”

If anyone rejects God’s covenant – even the Old Covenant, deliberately, and follows another small god – there is no sacrifice for him because his sin is the sin of idolatry. “How much more severe… those who reject the New Covenant…?”

God the Father, the Son, the Spirit, the Trinity God – is exactly the same for this great project of forgiveness and salvation for all human beings. The plan is the same. Let me explain this one by one.

1. There is only ONE sin the Father God cannot forgive. This sin = to reject (not to believe in) Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

John 3:16 “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

This is the love story of Jesus. Whoever believes in Christ shall not perish, but have eternal life. Therefore, on the flip side: those who DO NOT believe, shall perish.

John 3:17 “God did not send his Son to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

God wants all human beings to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. But he has no choice but to allow those who reject Christ to go to hell.

Matthew 10:8 “Do not be afraid of man who can kill you body, but not your soul. Rather be afraid of the one, God, who can destroy body and soul in hell.”

2. There is only ONE sin that Jesus cannot forgive: not to confess him as personal Savior and Lord.

Remember, “once for all” – this is a key point of Hebrews. Jesus “once” sacrifice is sufficient for all eternity for you and me. But, this “once for all” means, there is no more sacrifice left for those who reject Christ – because his sacrifice is the only and final sacrifice (v. 26b “no sacrifice for sins left”).

Jesus says in regard to sin: “They do not believe in me.”

Acts 4:12 “There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

3. There is only ONE sin the Holy Spirit cannot forgive: to reject Christ – not to believe in him as Savior and Lord.

The HS has many jobs and businesses, but his one MAIN job = to testify about Jesus Christ in human beings so that man may receive Christ as personal Savior and Lord and then become a powerful witness of Christ to others.

Jesus says, “When the HS comes, he will testify about me; and you will become my powerful witnesses.” (Acts 1:8 “When the HS comes on you, you will receive power and … be my witnesses to the ends of the earth.”)

Matthew 12 “EVERY sin can be forgiven – but sin against the HS cannot be forgiven.”

Continually the Bible says, “If you speak against the HS, you cannot be forgiven” (i.e. if you reject Christ, about whom the HS testifies).

v. 30-31

“30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

God judges ALL Creation – because it is His Creation. “Just as a man is destined to die once and after that to face the Judgment.”

But to those who believe in Christ, “judgment” = evaluation, accounting, reward

To those who don’t, “judgment” = penalty, punishment, condemnation

“It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Wait, we are IN his hands now. This is a dreadful thing? Or a joyful thing?

  • To those who believe in Christ, “being in his hands” = safety, protection, guidance, guarantee, blessing
  • To those who reject him, = under the wrath, retribution, but also opportunity with God’s long-suffering patience

Do you have faith in Christ? If you have it, you can know that your faith is doctrinal. But it is frankly doctrinal – sometimes this condones a negative (exclusive) meaning. We should not be “doctrinary” – where we don’t listen to others and condemn them.

But we must be “doctrine” – this is not something we can prove experimentally, scientifically. This is rather something we adhere to, push, and base our lives on. But not only us, but all humans – even non-religious, and humanist. All religions are “doctrinal.”

Two people:

  • Person A (Christian)
  • Person B (non-Christian)

One day they sit together.

  • Person A says, “I wish you receive Jesus as your Savior and be saved – I want to try to convince you.” This is his faith, his doctrinal position.
  • Person B – “You cannot know anything definite about God.” This is HIS faith, his doctrine.

His word is not empirical, not scientific. He has his own faith position.

  • Person B – “You should not persuade others to take on your faith.” (But wait, you’re persuading me…)

Person A, Person B are both doctrinal and living by their own faith and convictions. They have bet their own lives on it.

Person B = bet his eternal destiny on the idea that nobody can know anything about God.

We know our morality did nothing for our salvation – but our morality standard must be higher. Do you agree? As the fruit of salvation, the power of salvation.

Around us, there are so many Person Bs. We must know that they have little concern for what we believe. But what we want to share is what we believe – so our morality and integrity must be higher and have an impact on them.

Today’s sermon: “The dangers of sins.”

Today is the last Sunday of 2019.

The Bible says, “There is a time for everything, for every activity under the sun – to be born, to die, to start, to finish…” (Ecclesiastes 3).

To start well is good, but to finish well is MORE important.

Hebrews = the book of “Let us!” Two weeks ago we studied 5x “let us…”

Today is the last Sunday of 2019.

Let us finish this year very well. How?

Let me suggest:

  • If we want to finish this year VERY well, let us finish by confessing Christ as Lord and Savior, publicly, officially, before others.
  • Also, let us decide to commit ourselves more and more to Christ.
  • Let us finish this year by forgiving ALL – just as Christ has forgiven us. If there is someone you have not yet forgiven.
  • Let us finish this year with a new attitude, new heart, new dedication to Christ in the New Year.
  • Let us finish this year by confessing our sins. If there are any committed, unconfessed sins before God. 1 John 1:9? “If you say you have not sinned, the truth is not in you. But if you confess your sins, he is faithful and just to cleanse your sins and purify you from all unrighteousness.”

Let us finish this year by confessing all sins.

Let us receive the new year with a new heart, new attitude, new dedication to Christ.

“Let us finish this year very well. Let us receive the new year with a new heart.”

Let’s pray.

  • Nov 24 / 2019
  • Comments Off on The Serpent, the Sorrow, and the Savior (John 3:10-21)
Pastor Brian, Sermons, Subject Studies

The Serpent, the Sorrow, and the Savior (John 3:10-21)

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The Serpent, the Sorrow, and the Savior

John 3:10-21 (Pastor Brian)

10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven–the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”


Pauline and I were discussing the comparison Jesus makes with himself and the serpent in the desert (this is a symbol of evil – Satan tempted Adam and Eve in the shape of a serpent). Yet, Jesus says, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent, so must the Son of Man.”

This passage is very familiar – when Jesus meets with Nicodemus at night. Nicodemus said, “I believe you must be from God because no one can perform such miracles without help from God.” Jesus said, “You must be born again to enter the kingdom of God. Unless born of water and the Spirit, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Then, he brings up this comparison – like Moses in the wilderness.

If you go back to the OT and see the real events that happened there (Numbers 21) Because the Israelites disobeyed the Lord, they would not enter the Promised Land.

Numbers 21:4-9

Arad Destroyed

1 When the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming along the road to Atharim, he attacked the Israelites and captured some of them. 2 Then Israel made this vow to the LORD : “If you will deliver these people into our hands, we will totally destroy their cities.” 3 The LORD listened to Israel’s plea and gave the Canaanites over to them. They completely destroyed them and their towns; so the place was named Hormah.

The Bronze Snake

4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” (Manna = wafers with honey – God provided – but this was ALL they could eat day-by-day. So they complained.)

6 Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

8 The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.”

Bronze / brass = symbol of judgment. The people who complained were judged, but the Lord told Moses to make a bronze serpent, raise it up, and the people who were bitten and looked UP – would live.

Ever get discouraged? It’s much better to complain TO God than complain AGAINST God. Check out the Psalms, Jeremiah, the prophets, Habakkuk.

Interview: Ever get overwhelmed by problems? Yes, I give them over to the Lord. I think about Psalm 44 and 88. David poured out his heart to the Lord and complained TO God. (In fact 88 ends “in darkness”).

This interviewee had parents who were alcoholics, his “father” he recently discovered was not actually his father. But his hope was in the Lord and he was trusting Him.

About this passage: “How often we / I take our blessings for granted – to think them worthless.” (Is this manna just so-so?) Sometimes we lose the import and impact of the Word, but we need to continue treasuring it in our hearts.

“The only remedy is for fiery serpents to awaken us to our need – and how our very sinfulness has been crucified and laid on Jesus.”

It can be difficult and painful to experience our own wilderness journeys. But the Israelites did not do this – so they suffered the consequences of the Lord in discipline. Sometimes we also suffer the discipline of the Lord – but not because he is mean, but so that he can make us HOLY.

Sometimes, we go through struggles and discipline, and at the other side, we are more like Christ.

Why “fiery serpents”? Probably because the sting was fiery hot.

Paul: “Yield the shield of faith to extinguish the fiery darts of the enemy.”

Thankfully, the people realized their mistake and asked Moses to pray for them that the serpents would be driven away. They then trusted in the Lord to make them go away. And Moses interceded for them, prayed, made the brass serpent, raised it, and the people who were bitten looked upon it and were saved.

2 Cor 5:21 “He made him who had no sin to BECOME sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God.” He was treated like a sinner, though he was holy and sinless. Yet he was making a substitutionary sacrifice for us – taking the death we deserved, and transferring us his own righteousness. Whoever believes in Christ receives this righteousness from Christ – who took our place in death in sin.

God in this way loved the world.

This harkens back to how Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert. Jesus, likewise was raised up on a tree (cross) and those who look to him will receive healing, forgiveness, and the gift of eternal life.

In the OT, we see the prophet Isaiah foretold of this sacrifice.

Isaiah 53:6 “All we, like sheep, have gone astray. We have turned, everyone, to our own way. And the Father has laid on him the iniquity (sin) of us all.”

Isaiah 45:22 “Look to me and be saved all you ends of the earth. For I am God, and there is no other.”

So the serpent represents our sin, and the curse that sin brings with it – the curse of the Law – which was placed upon Jesus.

Galatians 3:13 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us. For it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (cross).’ He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus.” The Promise of God is now for ALL the nations – who accept Him.

We can be similarly blessed by having faith in Christ.

Deut 5:28? The blessings and curses that the Israelites pronounced on themselves: blessings for obedience, curses for disobedience.

It’s great to read about the blessings~! “You’ll be blessed in you life; the head, not the tail; blessed and fruitful in your work.” (The head decides, the tail gets dragged around).

IF they obeyed, they would be blessed.

But then, go read the curses – it’s pretty horrific. If they disobeyed, they’d be cursed: “The tail, not the head; families would not be blessed, etc.”

This all happened to them, because, as humans, they gave into temptation and sin; punished and disciplined. YET always with the Promise to return to him if they repented, forsook their sins, and returned to Him. This is the same for all humanity. Repent, forsake your sin, return to God.

The solution to the problem in the desert: LOOK upon the pole, and be healed. Jesus says the same, “Look upon me” – he bears the curse and our sins. When you look upon him, you also will receive forgiveness, and eternal life.

The Divine Exchange: Jesus became the curse of sin.

He was punished that we might be forgiven. He bore our shame and punishment. He was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities.

He was the Suffering Savior that we might be made whole and well. Spiritually, physically, emotionally – God WANTS us to be prosperous in these things in general. “He delights in the prosperity of his people.”

  • Jesus was wounded that we would be made whole.
  • He was made sin that we might be made righteous.
  • He died in our place that we might have life: abundant, eternal life.
  • He became poor that we might become blessed.
  • Poverty in that time was a “curse”.
  • He was buried in a borrowed tomb, that we might be enriched in life.
  • He was hung on a cross naked and shameful, bearing our shame that we might become partakers in his glory.
  • He bore rejection, the worst kind, betrayal, rejection of his own father. Jesus bore that rejection – he’d always had communion with his father, but as sin on the cross, the father turned his face away and Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?!”

It was bearable for the disciples, his closest friends to betray him and flee, but when his own father rejected him, it was unthinkable. Yet, Jesus bore this rejection so he is able to empathize with us.

He also bore the curse of sin so that we might receive his blessing.

Let me now share an extended testimony: Charles Spurgeon (prince of preachers) – in his autobiography, he shares how he was saved.


I think I might have been in darkness until now, if not for Christ sending a snowstorm one morning. I was going down the street, but turned elsewhere, and went to a Methodist church. There weren’t many people, but I wanted to know how I might be saved. The minister couldn’t make it, snowed in. At last, a small man, a shoemaker perhaps, went up to preach. It is well if preachers know how to preach – but this one was stupid. He was obliged to stick only to his text (this text) “Look to me and be saved all the ends of the earth.” He didn’t even pronounce the words correctly. He began, “The text says, ‘look’ – this ain’t hard. You needn’t go to college to look. You could be a big fool, a poor fool, or a child. Anyone can look.

Look unto ‘ME’ – many of you are looking to yourself, but you’ll find no comfort there. Some look to the father – yes, later. The text says, ‘Look to CHRIST.'”

After about 10 minutes, he was finished – unable to say much more. He then looked at me (15 years old) and noticed I was a stranger. He fixed his eyes on me: “Young man, you look miserable.” Mmm, that’s true, but strange. “And you’ll always be miserable in life and in death unless you obey my text; but if you obey now in this moment, you’ll be saved. Young man, LOOK LOOK LOOK to Jesus! You have nothing to do but LOOK and LIVE.”

I didn’t know what else to do. I’d been waiting to do 50 things. But when I heard that word, it seemed so charming, I LOOKED – the cloud was gone, and I could have risen that instant and sung with the most enthusiastic of them.

Oh, that somebody had told me that before! “Look to Christ and be saved.”

That happy day when I found the Savior was a day never to be forgotten by me. I listened to the word of God and that text led me to the cross of Christ.


He went home that day and his family could immediately see the change in him.

Spurgeon suffered much of his life with depression. In one of his first sermons, someone cried out “Fire!” as a joke. Everyone rushed out and a handful of people were killed – he carried that burden for years. He suffered depression for much of his life. But he never forgot that particular day when he was saved by grace and realized the Lord is his strength.

We all struggle, have trials and temptations because of our personal sins – OR just because we live in a fallen world. When these terrible things happen, sometimes we may be tempted to complain against God or authority.

But I hope this sermon is a reminder to cast your cares on him because he cares for you.

Let’s pray.

  • Aug 11 / 2019
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Hebrews: The Superiority of Christ, Pastor Heo, Sermons

REST (Hebrews 3:19-4:11, Matthew 11:28-30)

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REST

Hebrews 3:19-4:11, Matthew 11:28-30 (Pastor Heo)

3:19 So we see that they were not able to enter [the rest of God], because of their unbelief.

A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God

4:1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

“So I declared on oath in my anger,

‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ” And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.” 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”

6 It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before:

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.


Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


Matt 11:28-30 = the direct voice of Christ. Maybe many of you already memorized these verses – they are so familiar. Please memorize, meditate, and put them into practice.

As we know, the first generation of Exodus began their migration from Egypt to Canaan with great success – because of the great power and help of God. But they finished in great disaster because of their own unbelief and disobedience.

All of the first generation died in the desert during their 40 year wandering. Only Joshua and Caleb entered the Promised Land because they believed in God.

The story of 12 spies – they explored Canaan for 40 days – spending the same time together – but they had very different reports. What was the difference?

10 people with a bad report – saw only what they saw with their eyes.

Joshua and Caleb saw what they saw through their faith in God.

  • 10 = what is seen
  • 2 = what is unseen (faith)

This is the background.

v. 3:19-4:1

“3:19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

4:1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.”

Romans: “Everything that was written was written to give us a lesson so that we may have hope.”

Several thousand years ago, the Israelites lost the rest of God because of their unbelief. But this same rest is still available today. So, the Bible is warning us: “Today if you hear the Word of God, do not harden your hearts.” This is a challenge and encouragement.

Keyword: REST

(How many times do we see it?)

  • 12x

We read 11 verses (in chp 4) and the word “rest” is repeated 11x – in every verse.

In this text, Hebrews is using “rest” in 3 senses:

  1. Peace of God
  2. Entering the Promised Land
  3. God’s rest from work (on the 7th day)

Today, God invites us into his rest.

Enjoy these verses:

Matthew 11:28-30

“28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” “

This is the invitation of God to all human beings to come to him and receive rest. Can you imagine? If you receive this invitation – what an exciting thing!

Imagine if the human President (the blue house in Korea, the white house in US) – if he invites you and calls you to come and have dinner in his house – what an exciting thing! This is the invitation of God – the Maker and Creator of All Things.

Rev 3:23 “Here I am. I stand and knock. If anyone hears my voice, I will come in and eat with you and you with me.” This is not only one meal – but your whole life. This is the invitation of God. “Come to me – let us dine together eternally.”

Are you weary [tired, burned out, exhausted] and burdened? All humans are tired in some ways. Even a kindergarten boy said, “I’m so tired.”

All human beings without God are restless wanderers.

In Genesis – Cain is the first son of Adam – he committed sin against God and went away – but no matter where he tried to go nor what he tried to do, he became a “restless wanderer.” This is a symbol of all humanity without God.

If there is no God in you, you are also a restless wanderer. A life without God is just motion without meaning; activity without direction; events without reason. We need rest.

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened…”

Everyone has his own burden to bear. What’s yours? At least there are 4 common burdens everyone is carrying. Nobody is free from these:

Common Burdens

  1. Sin – the guilt of sin, regrets, shame, bad memories, the past you cannot remove
    • “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… there is no one righteous, not one… the wages of sin is death.” (Romans)
    • After sin, punishment = hell
    • Whether you know or not, conscious or not, SIN is the heaviest burden. It is heavier than the whole universe.
  2. Problems – difficulties, hardships, pains.
    • As long as we live in this world, we cannot escape from problems.
    • From birth – this is a kind of problem – to death – life is filled with problems – physical, spiritual, mental, social, financial, career, emotional, psychological, school, work, relationship – PROBLEMS…
    • We are all carrying the burden of problems.
  3. Worry – anxiety, fear.
    • Many people miss GREAT opportunities because of fear. Fear is a self-imposed prison that prevents us from becoming what God wants us to be.
    • Worry about job, marriage, life, house, children…
  4. Death – “just as a man is destined to die once and after that face the Judgment…”
    • Physical death is NOT annihilation, not the end. This is just a separation – body from spirit. Spiritual death is separation from God.
    • We have some young men.
    • Do you think you will never die because you are young? No, even children instinctively know they must die someday.
    • I also know. You also know.
    • Everybody knows.
    • But, nobody knows HOW and WHEN.
    • And nobody HAS the experience of death. This is the worry / burden of death.

I know I must die, but I have no experience of this thing – directly nor indirectly.

Q: Have you ever died?

Have you ever tasted death?

Have you heard a first-hand eyewitness account of death from someone who has once died?

NO.

We have no knowledge of this – but we all know we must die someday.

Jesus knows this perfectly and says, “Come to me, and I’ll give you rest.”

Real rest:

Found only in Jesus Christ.

Sometimes we say to each other, “Take a rest” – but we must know that REAL rest is only found in Christ. And we must know the definition / meaning of “what IS rest?”

What is REST?

What is the REAL meaning of REST?

In preparation for this sermon, I looked in the English dictionary.

“rest” = to stop / cease working or movement in order to sleep or recover strength

Many people think rest = not working, sitting down.

But we must know the biblical meaning is VERY different. Let me show you HOW different this meaning is.

I said already first: for the people of Israel, “rest” was the Promised Land. But do you know that when they entered there, they had MUCH MORE to do? They had to fight and conquer enemies, establish a new kingdom to be ruled by God. They had a HUGE assignment / task to do in Canaan. Yet, entering Canaan is called “rest.”

So, rest does not mean “no work” but rather “obtaining promised inheritance.”

Genesis: God rested on the 7th day. This does not mean that God has no more job.

John 5:17 “My Father is always at his work – since the Creation of this world – to this very day, so I too am working for you.”

God rested: “full satisfaction in his mission / job”

Biblical meaning of rest: FREEDOM

Jesus “I’m truth. If you know the truth, the truth will set you free.”

Galatians “It is for freedom that Christ has set you free, so do not allow yourselves to be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Biblical rest

  • Freedom

Remember the 4 common burdens?

  1. Sin
  2. Problems
  3. Worry
  4. Death

Matthew 11:28-30

According to the context here, rest = freedom from these 4 burdens.

REST = Freedom from

  1. Sin = freedom is found only in Jesus Christ – he came into the world as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. We all need forgiveness of sin. This can be found only in the blood of Christ.
    • 1 John 2 “Christ is the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sins.”
  2. Problems = freedom from difficulties, hardships, pains.
    • Jesus “In this world, you will have trials of many kinds, but take heart, for I have overcome the world.”
    • As long as we live in this world, we cannot escape problems, but we can overcome and conquer problems. How? In Christ.
    • “You are more than conquerors through Christ” (Romans?)
    • “Apart from me, you can do nothing.”
    • “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians?)
  3. Worries = freedom through Christ
    • “Cast all your anxiety on God because he cares for you.”
    • “I will guide you and strengthen you and uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah)
    • “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” (Jesus)
    • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything through prayer and petition, present your requests to God, and the peace of God which transcends ALL understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ.”
  4. Death = freedom from Death
    1. Who can be free from THIS burden? Who can set us free? This is common sense, think about it. Only Jesus. He is the only one with power over life and death.
    2. “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me will live though he die.”
    3. “I have come to give you eternal life… No one can snatch you out of my hand.”
    4. “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my voice and believes him who sent me will have eternal life. He shall not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.”

Biblical rest

  1. Salvation rest
  2. Submission rest
  3. Sharing rest of inheritance
  4. Peace rest
  5. Joy rest
  6. Inheritance rest
  7. Eternal glory rest

This is the real biblical meaning of rest.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I’ll give you rest.”

How to enjoy this kind of REAL rest?

“Come to me…”

This is very easy – this is part of reading comprehension.

“Come to me…”

We know now what is real biblical rest, and we know we need it. To receive it: “Come to Christ.”

Q: How can we come to Christ?

Walking over?

Conclusion: (3 points)

this is not literally, but biblically, practically.

  1. A = Accept Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord
  2. B = Believe that he died on the cross for my sin
  3. C = Confess with my mouth that he is Lord

“I can…”

1. Accept / Believe / Confess

Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. With your heart you believe and are justified; with your mouth you confess and are saved.”

“To all those who believed in his name, God gave the right to become children of God.”

“Salvation is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Accept / Believe / Confess (publicly – this is not to be a hidden thing, but a public thing)

You must confess publicly before people.

2. Learn from Jesus

v. 29

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me… and you will find rest.”

Even Christians may think “believing in Jesus is enough.” Quick prayer, “Jesus, I love you, I confess, be my Savior. Finished!”

Yes, while making a confession in Christ is so simple, but truly living with faith in Christ is a WHOLE life practice of discipleship – fighting sin, old self, Satan.

Learn from me – Jesus encourages us.

We know to learn anything, we need time – we cannot learn quickly.

“Learn from me” = follow me / walk with me daily.

If we believe in Christ truly, we know that each day requires full effort.

3. This is the most important. If you catch it and put it into practice, you will be so blessed. Are you ready to be blessed?


  1. A-B-C
  2. Learn from Jesus
  3. Mission rest

3. Take the yoke of Christ and carry his burden.

v. 29

“Take my yoke upon you…”

Nobody likes a yoke

v. 30

“… my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

This is Mission rest.

It means “take Jesus’ burden as my burden.” Replace my burden with Jesus’ burden. Jesus’ job becomes my job. His task is mine, his burden is mine.

What is his burden? Salvation of the world.

This is a mystery – a secret.

  • If you carry your own burden, you will be exhausted, tired out.
    • But if you carry the burden of Christ, you will be energized.
  • To take the burden of Christ is the best way to be free from my own burden in this world.
    • The more we carry the burden of Christ, the more rest we will enjoy.

The principle is very simple:

“The more trust, the more rest.”

Jesus “If anyone would come to me, he must deny himself daily and take up his cross and follow me.”

v. 11

“11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”

Let us stand up.

Let’s pray – you may pray following me.

If you want / need real rest, follow me in this prayer.

Let’s pray.

  • Sep 16 / 2018
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Acts: The Book of Mission, Pastor Heo, Sermons

We need the gospel every day (Acts 10:34-43)

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We need the gospel every day

Acts 10:34-43 (Pastor Heo)

10:34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached– 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen–by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”


Chapter 10 is the story of the conversion of the Gentiles.

Through the ministry of the HS, Peter was used for these things. This is a turning point for the church. This is when God reveals his salvation plan for the WHOLE WORLD. There is no longer Jew nor Gentile, black nor white, slave nor free. We are all ONE in Christ.

In this story, there are two main human characters:

  1. Gentile: Cornelius (Roman soldier)
  2. Jew: Peter

Humanly speaking, Cornelius was a man of devotion, high quality, generosity, regular prayer, but not yet saved – simply because he didn’t yet have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He did not yet accept Christ as his Savior and Lord.

As a truth-seeker, one day he was praying earnestly – and one day an angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Send for Peter in Joppa.” Immediately, he sent his three servants to Joppa.

The next day, Peter was praying at noon. During his prayer, suddenly, something huge like a sheet from heaven came down to earth in front of Peter. It contained all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles. It was unclean to Peter’s eyes.

  • But a voice from heaven said, “Peter, get up, kill and eat.”
  • Peter: “No! I’ve never eaten anything unclean.”
  • God: “Do not call anything unclean that I’ve made clean.”

According to Jewish law, clean becomes unclean by contact with the unclean. If a clean thing touches an unclean thing, ALL become unclean.

This happened three times (the sheet dropping and voice from heaven).

Are you Christian? You/we have contact with non-Christians in our daily lives.

Question:

  • Are you influencing or being influenced by them?
  • Are you affecting them or being affected by them?

This is a serious question today.

Peter was still trying to understand what this vision meant.

At that moment, three men from Cornelius arrived for Peter, and the voice said, “I have sent men, do not hesitate to go with them.”

Maybe they talked much that night, and the next morning they started out for Caesarea to meet Cornelius.

Cornelius was waiting for Peter with his household and friends. We don’t know how many gathered – maybe AICF size? But we can say that this was the FIRST non-Jewish church, the first Gentile church, in church history. Thus, this is the turning point in church history.

Cornelius received him by bowing down before him. Peter said, “No, I’m a man as well!” Then Peter said, “You Gentiles know that we Jews do not associate with Gentiles, but my Lord said, ‘Do not call any unclean that I have made clean.’ Why did you send for me?” Cornelius explained his vision and said, “We are all here to listen to God’s voice through you.”

Are you also ready to listen to the Word of God through my poor English? Look to God.

Whenever the sermon is spoken, focus on Jesus Christ, not my English.

The text we read today is Peter’s 4th sermon in the book of Acts. Actually, Peter speaks 6 sermons:

  1. chp 2: Crowd at Pentecost
  2. chp 3: Crowd at temple
  3. chp 4: Sanhedrin
  4. chp 10: Cornelius and family

v. 34-35

“10:34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.”

God is no respecter of persons as far as nationality and race are. All men have the SAME Creator. All men are sinners. All men need the same ONE Savior. In these facts, we are all ONE. Thus, we believe in the universality of salvation. But, we must not believe in the Universalism of salvation.

  • Universalism: Everybody will be saved at last whether or not they trust Christ – because God is TOO good to allow anyone to perish. (This is a tool of Satan to blind people’s eyes to the message of the gospel.) Evangelical Christians reject this doctrine.
  • Universality: God does not show any favoritism nor partiality to anyone who believes in Christ. The only determinant factor is ONLY faith in Christ.

If you believe in Christ, you are saved.

The universal application of Christ’s work on the cross and universal offer of the gospel and salvation are inclusive.

Also we need to be optimistic about what the gospel will do. But we also must (occasionally) be aggressive in preaching the gospel of Christ.

“I’m not ashamed of the gospel, for the gospel is the power of God for EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES in Jesus Christ.”

v. 36

“10:36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.”

The gospel is the message of peace. It is “good news” of “great joy” – “peace” for all the people – eternally, at the same time. This news is news of peace.

Only in Christ can this kind of peace be found. That’s why Jesus is called the Prince of Peace – this means “Future King” of Peace. Already 700 years before his coming, he was prophesied to be born.

When he was born in this world, the first sign and expression of his birth was this telling of the angels, “Glory to God and Peace on Earth to men~”

Jesus says, “Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give as this world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled…”

True peace cannot be found in this world. We cannot find true peace through riches, popularity, possessions, etc.

The Bible says, ‘Let the peace of God rule in your hearts. ‘

Christ has made the TWO, ONE. Jesus’ coming in this world was to create a NEW people out of the two – through his crucifixion. By his crucifixion, Christ killed all hostility between human beings. He preached peace to those who were far away (Gentiles) and those who are near (Jews). There is now no longer any division between Jews and Gentiles in Christ.

Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified by Christ, we have peace with God. Through him we gain access to his grace in which we now stand.”

“I rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”

The main message we must be familiar with is the contents of the gospel. The message of the gospel is JESUS CHRIST.

Jesus’ life, His Word, His work, His death, His resurrection, His coming again as judge of living and dead.

From v. 37-42 is the message of the gospel that Peter preached to Cornelius. “We are witnesses of this gospel message.”

v. 37-42

“10:37 You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached– 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a tree, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen–by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.”

This is the core message – the heart of the gospel.

  1. v. 37-38, Jesus’ life
  2. v. 39 Crucifixion
  3. v. 40 Resurrection
  4. v. 41-42 Coming again – and we are witnesses of this message.

We are commanded / ordered to preach this message – because salvation can be found in no one else.

This is very clear. It is very evident that Jesus did not die for his own sins. From Genesis to Revelation, it is said that Christ died for the sins of others – not the sins of a friend, but as a substitutionary offering (propitiation) for the sins of the whole world.

Let me know show SOME of the verses for this.

  • Romans 5:8 “God showed his love for us in this, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
  • 1 Cor “Jesus died, and rose again according to the Scriptures.”
  • 2 Cor “God made him who had no sin, become sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God.”
  • 1 Peter “He bore our sins on the tree so that by his wounds we have been healed.”
  • 1 Peter 3:18 “Jesus Christ died for sins, once for ALL.”
  • Jesus himself says, “I did not come to BE served, but to serve.” – not to be ministered to but to minister and “to give my life as a ransom.”
  • Jesus says, “I am the Good Shepherd.”

Only Christ can say this. “and the Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”

Only in Christ can salvation be found.

v. 43 (Memorize)

“10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.””

Amazing! Wow!

This is an amazing declaration. ALL the prophets (including the OT, Moses, Adam, Elijah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Malachi, ) testify about Christ.

Yes, not only the preachers of the NT, but also all the prophets of the OT focus on Jesus Christ. Their message is “everyone who believes in Christ receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Forgiveness of sin can only be obtained in Jesus’ name.

You know “SIN” is the root of all human problems – “for the wages of sin is death.”

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. There is not one righteous, not even one.”

To repent and believe in Christ are the same thing – with a different expression. You cannot repent without believing in Christ and you cannot believe in Christ without repenting.

Of course, nobody is happy if I say “You’re a sinner” – but we must be very clear in solving the matter of SIN.

Fundamentally, there are FOUR dimensions regarding sin. I hope all of us are very clear in the matter of sin. To be healed, we must know our own secrets. Here are the FOUR dimensions: (worldly judges can only see the first dimension)

Four Dimensions of Sin

1. Behavioral sin

(humans can see and judge this sin) – outward sin – in action – this is related to human morality and ethics: murder, rape, breaking a law, doing something illegal (VISIBLE SIN IN ACTION)

2. Attitudinal sin (invisible)

This is in our hearts, minds, motives. This world cannot judge this kind of sin. We don’t go to prison for our selfishness and pride, greed, envy, jealousy. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” God judges according to our

  1. actions and
  2. motivations / attitudes.

This motivation is very important: Before God, hate is like killing, lust is like adultery (in your heart).

3. Relational sin

This is more crucial – more important than the other two kinds. For example, there are many relationships –

  • Creator / Created,
  • Parent / Child,
  • Boss / Employee,
  • Teacher / Student,
  • Landlord / Tenant,
  • Father / Son –

For me, as father, the BIGGEST sin my son can commit is to DENY me as his father. Likewise, the biggest sin toward God is to deny Christ – God’s one and only Son for us in whom to believe. John 16:9 (in regard to sin) “They do not believe in me.” Do you agree, not to believe in Christ is the BIGGEST sin in this world? If you do not agree, you are wondering if you are saved. If you are really saved, we have no choice but to totally agree. This is indeed the BIGGEST sin before the eyes of God in relational sins.

4. Ontological sin

Existential sin – (Original Sin) – we were BORN as sinners – we’ve inherited it. Since WHEN was I a sinner? From BIRTH. We were born sinners.

I’m Korean. I did nothing to be Korean. I did not choose this. I was born this way simply because my father and mother are Korean. We were born sinners simply because our first physical parents were sinners. This is ontological (original) sin.

How can we solve this matter of original sin? There is only ONE way to resolve it. We must be BORN AGAIN. We should die to our first birth and be regenerated. Jesus, “Do not be surprised by my saying, ‘You must be born again.'” Birth from below is original birth, birth from above is from God. Romans: “Just as death came into the world through one man…”

How can we be born again? Regenerated? ONLY ONE WAY – believing in Christ.

1 Cor “As in Adam, all die, so in one man, Christ, all live.”

All these sins:

  1. Behavioral
  2. Attitudinal
  3. Relational
  4. Ontological

Can ALL be forgiven through Christ.

If you believe, shall we proclaim together:

“The blood of Jesus Christ purifies me from ALL kinds of sins: Past, Present, even Future.”

Let’s pray.

  • Jun 03 / 2018
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The Power of the Name of Jesus Christ (2) (Acts 3:12-26)

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The Power of the name of Jesus Christ (2)

Acts 3:12-26 (Pastor Heo)

12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.

17 “Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. 20 and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you–even Jesus. 21 He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.’

24 “Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”


In this book Acts, there are 14 sermons by 4 preachers.

  • 6 from Peter,
  • 6 from Paul,
  • 1 from Stephen,
  • 1 from James.

Last Sunday, we saw Pentecost. So many people gathered in Jerusalem at that time, and the HS came down. And about 3,000 people were added to the church that day.

At this time, during the time of prayer, at the temple, Peter and John healed a lame man. So many people saw it and rushed to them to see how this was possible. This setting gave Peter another opportunity to preach the gospel.

Just like the first sermon, this one is:

  1. Full of the HS
  2. Full of the Word of God
  3. Focused on Jesus

v. 12-16

“12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 *By faith in the name of Jesus*, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.”

First, the final purpose of this miracle = to bring glory to Christ. v.13 makes this clear. The final purpose was not to heal this man and make him strong, but to bring glory to Christ.

Also, the crucifixion is not only for the sins of the whole world, but also the greatest crime in human history. This is the meeting of God’s absolute justice and unconditional love. This is also the meeting place of God’s mercy and man’s rebellion.

The resurrection is proof that Jesus is indestructible and Lord of life and death. This is ironic – he gave life, they killed the author of life. But this – the resurrection – is final proof that Jesus is God.

We have no power – but we may be a channel of the power of the risen Christ. As long as we think only of what we can do and be, there is only failure and fear. But when we think of “not I but Christ in me” (Gal 2:20) there is the power of Christ in me.

So, how can we be channels of this power of Christ? By believing and using the name of Christ.

Peter said, “In the name of Jesus Christ” in his first sermon. In this sermon also, “silver and gold I have not, but I will give what I have – in the name of Christ, stand up and walk.”

What does a name mean / carry with it? It carries with it the full authority of the one to whom it belongs.

Matt 1:21 “He will save his people from his sins.”

Let me introduce some of the names of Christ. (The Bible is full of names of Christ.)

  • Matt 1:21 “He will save his people from his sins.”
  • “Where 2 or 3 are gathered together in my name, there am I with them.”
  • Luke “Forgiveness of sins will be preached to all nations in the name of Christ.”
  • John “To those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
  • Jesus “I will do whatever you ask in my name.” (in the book of John 4 times)
  • “The Father will send the Counselor (Holy Spirit) in my name.”
  • John: The Bible is written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ and that we may have life in his name.
  • Acts: “Repent and be baptized every one of you and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Peter “Repentance and forgiveness will be given to you in his name… There is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
  • Joel, Acts, Romans: “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
  • Phil 2:9-10 “Therefore, God super-exalted Jesus Christ and gave him the name that is above every name – that at his name every knee should bow, in / on / under the earth.”
  • Col 3:17 “Whatever you do, whether word or deed, eat or drink, do it all in the name of Christ – giving thanks to God through him.”
  • 1 John 3:15 “I write this book so that you may know that you have eternal life in the name of Christ.”

Last Sunday, I encouraged / challenged you: we cannot give what we do not have. We can give only what we have. If you have the name of Christ really in you, you can give to this world – healing to those who need it, salvation to those who need it, peace to those who need it, life solutions to those who need them. This is the power of the name of Christ.

God bless us so that we may believe and enjoy and use this name.

v. 17

“”Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.”

They crucified the Author of Life in ignorance (they didn’t realize what they were doing).

In the history of Israel, the Jews had NEVER expected a “suffering Messiah” – but had anticipated a “super hero Messiah” – politically, physically, etc strong. So, when Christ came as a carpenter and died on the cross, they missed it.

In the OT, there is a difference between deliberate and unintentional sins.

  • If someone sinned deliberately, he was cut off from the tribe / God, etc.
  • But if it was unintentional, he was given an opportunity to repent.

Intentionality does not mitigate guilt, but changes the circumstances.

In this case, the people committed sin unintentionally – so there was not immediate condemnation, but rather the Holy Spirit was sent to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness, judgment, etc and call all men to repentance.

Remember, nowadays in our times, because the HS came and is convicting us of sin, we have no more opportunity to say, “I rejected Christ in ignorance.” – The HS is witnessing, convicting, testifying about Christ.

Romans 1:18-20 “We have no more excuse…”

Like Peter’s 1st sermon, this second one is full of the Word of God (OT).

Peter’s 1st sermon: quoted Joel and Psalms

v. 18-24

“18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you–even Jesus. 21 He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.’ 24 “Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days.”

The point: even the OT is full of Jesus’ story. From Genesis to Malachi – 39 books – are full of Jesus’ story.

Ex: introduces Moses, Samuel, and all the prophets. Next verse we will read v. 25: Abraham as well

Moses

v. 22 ” ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.'”

This is foreshadowing Christ and quoted from Deuteronomy 18:15, 18:18 (word-for-word quotations).

Moses prophesied the Messiah.

Jesus says in John, “If you believed in Moses, you would believe in me, because Moses wrote about me.”

Moses wrote the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible).

When Philip found Nathaniel he said, “We have found the one Moses wrote about.”

Also, Hebrews 11:26 (the faith chapter) – in the human calendar, Moses lived 1500 years before Christ. But in Hebrews it says, “Moses considered all this pain, suffering, etc for Christ more than all the treasures in Egypt.”

Samuel

v. 24 “Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days.”

Samuel was the first in the succession of the prophets – he anointed David as king and spoke clearly of the establishment of David’s kingdom. “God will establish the throne of David FOREVER.” (2 Samuel)

Is there actually the physical, human throne of David today? No. But the king is Christ. This was a prophecy of the Messiah to come. “All the prophets” testified about this. “That everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

v. 19 “Repent, then, and turn to God,”

Peter also mentioned repentance in his first sermon. This is a change of mind about sin and reorientation of the self toward God.

John the Baptist also prepared the way for Christ by preaching the message of repentance. This is acknowledging person sin and turning from it TO God.

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

When we repent, God promises to wipe out our sins and also to bring spiritual refreshment.

Yes, at first, repentance seems painful – because it is hard to give up some sins – but God will give us a better way. Do you feel a need to be refreshed? Forgiveness is available for everybody today at the foot of the cross.

1 John 1:7 “The blood of Christ purifies us from all sin.”

v. 22

“‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; [we] must listen to everything he tells you.”

This is a very serious question. Are you listening to everything Jesus is telling you? Even at the Transfiguration (mountain), God pointed at Christ and said, “This is my son in whom I’m well pleased, LISTEN to him.”

Question: What is your posture when the Word of God is preached?

  • Do you HEAR it only? Coming in one ear and out the other?
  • Or do you listen with INTENTION of being a DOER of the Word of God.

“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly” – and change the way you live.

Please listen (and obey) every word in the Word of God.

v. 25

“And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring [seed] all peoples on earth will be blessed.'”

“offspring” = “seed”

There is another amazing story:

Yes, Abraham lived 2,000 years before Christ – he lived FOR Christ and testified about Christ through his life and story.

  • One day (Genesis 12:2-3), God called Abraham, “I will make you into a great nation – and I will bless you. You will be a blessing, I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you – and ALL peoples on earth will be blessed (saved) through you.”
  • Genesis 22:18, 26:4 “Through your seed, all nations on earth will be blessed.”

The point is: seed (singular – not plural). There is only ONE seed.

Gal 3:14-16 makes it clear: This seed is Jesus Christ.

This is very important.

Gal 3:14-16

“14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. … 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.”

  • “Who is Christ!”
  • “The conclusion is Christ!”

v. 26

“When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.””

God sent Christ to bless us, not curse us. God is good all the time, but Satan tempts us all the time about God’s goodness and faithfulness. Please do not allow Satan to tempt us of this.

  • John 3:16.
  • John 3:17 “God did not send his Son to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

God is the same yesterday, today, forever. He is able to do immeasurably more than we can imagine.

Let’s pray.

  • Feb 04 / 2018
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Do Everything in Love by Faith (Romans 14:13-23)

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Do Everything in Love by Faith

Romans 14:13-23 (Pastor Heo)

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. 14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. 16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and *everything that does not come from faith is sin.*


Actually, this second part of this chapter is a continuation / repetition of the first part of the chapter for more emphasis and development of our character in Christ – especially in terms of our relationship with brothers and sisters in Christ.

Remember last week?

4 Reasons we should not judge our brothers & sisters in Christ:

  1. No position
  2. No ability
  3. No right
  4. No authority

4 Reasons we must accept each other:

  1. God accepted him
  2. God makes him stand finally
  3. We are together fellow servants of the same Lord
  4. We will altogether be judged by the one same judge

Imagine –

  • If we try to drive a car without knowing how, we know what will happen to us.
    • This is the same if we judge without knowing how.
  • Also, if we drive with no license, we know what will happen.
    • And if we judge with no license, what do you expect to happen?

When Jesus first met Peter, the first words he spoke to Peter were, “Follow me.” And after Jesus’ resurrection and first meeting of Peter to restore his position and relationship, he said, “Follow me.” Peter started to, but turned and saw John and asked, “What of this man?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

What does this mean? “Let me worry about John, not you. Let me be the Lord of John. You do your business, I’ll do my business.”

Negatively we should NOT judge each other. BUT we should not STOP with just non-judgment.

We are members of ONE body. That’s why today, we need this passage.

In the second part of this chapter, I want to share 3 points to see our position and standing.

#1 We affect each other as brothers and sisters in Christ

  • sometimes negatively, sometimes positively, consciously or unconsciously

v. 13-

“13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, *make up your mind* not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. 14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.”

Yes, we affect each other negatively or positively.

  • Negatively, we can cause our brothers and sisters to fall down, be distressed, be hurt, angry, unhappy, even destroyed.
  • Also positively, we can cause our brothers and sisters to be built up – edifying each other, serving each other.

So… do you have more interest in your impression, or your impact?

Impression vs. Impact

Worldly people have much more concern about their impression that they give to each other (look at social media). They think about what to wear, what to buy, surgery for their faces or bodies, what attitude to show, etc. This is for their “impression” that they want to convey to others.

Yes, this is not bad, but what is MORE important for Christians is what IMPACT you are giving to others – your brothers and sisters in Christ and the lost.

A Christian’s life is being evaluated by our IMPACT on this world, NOT by our IMPRESSION we give others.

v. 13 “make up your mind” (we make up our faces)

  • Making up your face = for good impression
  • Making up your mind = for good IMPACT

Yes, we want to grow in our knowledge. Strong Christians are strong in good knowledge of God. If you have this knowledge: “All food is neutral, no food is unclean, so I can eat all food. Idols are nothing.” If you have this knowledge, you have right, good knowledge and you are a strong Christian.

BUT, if somebody is hurt by your “right” knowledge, it means your “right” knowledge is destroying your brothers and sisters who are weak.

“Knowledge puffs up; love builds up” (1 Cor 8)

Yes, we need to grow in knowledge. But knowledge without love can destroy somebody. So knowledge and love must be balanced. These two must go together.

The moment we become Christians, the feelings of others become more important than our own.

What is true biblical Christianity?

  1. Putting Christ first,
  2. others second,
  3. self last

#2 We must have PRIORITY

What is your #1 priority?

Yes, in daily life, we have many obligations, but what is your mission, your #1 priority? This is very important as a child of God. Please check yourself very honestly right now.

v. 16-20

“16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, [matter of priority] 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.”

This is the matter of priority.

Yes, we must be very clear in the matter of what our priorities are.

Saying: “The second best is the greatest enemy of the best.” (not always, but often true)

We need food, material, clothes, shelter, but these things do not bring us closer to God. These things cannot be priority #1 in our lives.

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Jesus) Jesus knows what we need (physically), but this is not #1 priority in your life.

If you are not clear on the #1 priority in your life, you may regard less important things as more important. Therefore, we will major in the minor subjects.

Do not fight over minor subjects – the place, date of picnics, etc – because we must stick to our priority #1. These are heavenly things, not earthly things. Our citizenship is in heaven, not on earth.

v. 17 “the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,”

Also, “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness and then all these things will be given to you.”

One day, Jesus condemned the teachers of the Law and Pharisees saying, “You hypocrites! You give 1/10th tithe, BUT you have neglected the more important matters of the Law – grace, mercy, faithfulness. You strain out a gnat but you swallow a camel.” Jesus criticized them because they majored in minor things.

v. 17 “the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,”

Righteousness is having right relationship with God and man.

Peace is more than the absence of trouble. It is not a non-negative thing, but is EVERYTHING positive – it is for our highest good. Jesus says, “I do not give as this world gives. My peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

There is joy in our hearts.

“Be joyful always (in Christ) – for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ for you.”

  • Joy is not a selfish thing. It is not in making ourselves happy, but in making OTHERS happy.

Consider:

  • If you make yourself satisfied, you may feel happy.
  • But if you make God and others satisfied, you WILL fell JOY.

Romans 5 shows these three elements of the kingdom of heaven: “Therefore since we have been justified through Christ, we have peace with God.”

  • Justification through Christ.
  • Peace with God.
  • Joy in the glory of God.

These three items are essentials in the kingdom of God.

God bless us to be filled with real righteousness, real peace, and real joy.

Conclusion: We must do everything IN love, BY faith.

1 Cor 16:14 “Do everything in love [by faith].”

God bless you all – make up your mind, not your face.

v. 21-23

“21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and **everything that does not come from faith is sin.**”

Memorize this last part. Keep it in your heart and brain and mind.

Conclusion: Do everything in love by faith.

Yes we know, everything we are doing is nothing without love. And everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Sin came into this world – we are fighting against sin as long as we are in this world. We are saved completely, once for all, from sin – but still we are struggling. So, we must be clear in this matter.

In the last part, I want to make two things clear:

  1. What is the meaning of salvation from sin
  2. “Everything that does not come from faith is sin”

#1 Salvation from sin

  • Past: We *were* saved once for all from the **penalty and punishment** of sin the moment we accepted Christ as Lord
    • (salvation)
  • Present: We *are being* saved from the **power and temptation** of sin through the power of Christ and ministry of the HS
    • (sanctification)
  • Future: We *will be* saved from the **presence** of sin when Jesus returns or when we see him, face to face
    • (glorification)

#2 Everything that does not come from faith is sin

What does this mean? What time is it now? Are you still with me?

I want to make it CLEAR what is sin.

In a Christian life, we are not sinless. Nobody can be sinless as long as we are in this world. But we must be clear about what is sin.

What is sin?

Biblically (not from the perspective of Man, but from God’s perspective – which is really important):

There are 4 things:

  • The first two are related essentials and a matter of text (from the Bible).
  • The second two are non-essentials and gray areas of things not directly mentioned in the Bible (depends on circumstances – depends on context, not text).

1. Not believing in Jesus Christ

(the greatest sin – which leads to death (eternally)) Jesus himself says, (John 16:9) “They do not believe in me.”

This is the greatest sin which cannot be forgiven. If you do not agree with this sentence, you are not a Christian.

2. Disobedience to the Word of God (God’s clear commands) –

  • Sin of Commission: To do what God forbids,
  • Sin of Omission: or NOT to do what God commands us to do
  1. Negatively: “Do not lie; do not cheat; do not steal; do not murder; do not commit adultery.” We should NOT do it.
  2. Positively: “Love your neighbor as yourself, forgive your brother; Love the Lord your God with all of you” – We SHOULD do it.

3. (Matter of context – gray area) Personal convictions

for example smoking, going to the movies on Sunday, etc. It depends on circumstances and context.

This depends on personal, individual faith conscience and conviction.

If I smoke with a Christian conscience, no sin.

But if I do something against my conscience or against my convictions, this is sin to me.

Keyword: Christian conscience and conviction (this is the message of this chapter)

4. (Gray area) – How personal convictions affect others

If I do something in my conscience and with big conviction, it is not sin to me.

However, if I’m doing something that is not sinful to me (my conscience and conviction are clear), but if MY action causes another person to stumble, it is sin.

1 Cor 6:12, 1 Cor 10:23 (4x repeated – for big emphasis) “Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial / constructive.”

1 Cor 8:23 “If what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat that food again so that I will not cause my brother to fall into sin.” (This is called “making up your mind”).

  1. In essentials: we must keep unity
  2. In non-essentials: we must be open-minded for variety and diversity
  3. In everything: we must do in love (by faith)

These are basic principles of the Christian life in this world.

Let’s pray.

  • Aug 20 / 2017
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Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 7:14-25)

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 7:14-25)

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Thanks be to God…

Romans 7:14-25 (Pastor Heo)

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.


Conclusion: (v. 25) “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Today is the third time in chapter 7. The whole chapter = the Discussion of the Law.

  1. Our relationship with the Law (we died to the Law, alive in Christ)
  2. The Ministries of the Law (what the Law CAN do – there are 4)
    1. Reveals sin
    2. Arouses sinful nature
    3. Kills
    4. Displays the sinfulness of sin
  3. The Inability of the Law (what the Law CANNOT do – 3 points)

The Inability of the Law (3 Points)

#1 Law cannot change us

v. 14 “14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.”

  • The Law is holy, came from a Holy God – he is righteous in all he says and does.
  • The Law is good, it reveals God’s holiness to us – and helps us to see our absolute need for a Savior.
  • The Law is spiritual – it deals with the inner man – as well as the outer actions.

Problem: “I am unspiritual (sinful by nature).”

  • The Law’s nature = spiritual
  • Our nature = unspiritual (even though we are saved, still we are unspiritual – we have a sinful nature )
  1. The Old Nature does not know the Law
  2. The New Nature does not need the Law

The Law cannot transform the Old Nature – it only shows how sinful that Old Nature is. If we try to live under the Law, we will only activate the Old Nature – not eliminate it.

How can we be free from sin and yet continue to do wrong?

“In Christ” – we are FREE from

  1. the penalty of sin (judgment),
  2. power of sin (powerlessness),

but NOT FREE from

  1. the presence and
  2. possibility of sin.

Under grace, the Law is changed from judgment to guidance – to a character study of the one who shaped us.

Only Jesus died for us on the cross, and only HE can change you and me.

#2. Law cannot enable us to do good

Do you want to do good or evil? Good.

The Law cannot help us to do good.

v. 15-21

“15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.”

Are you confused? “I want to do what I don’t want to do, but I don’t do what I want to do, it’s what I don’t want to do that I do…….”

  1. Do you always do what you want to do?
  2. Do you always NOT do what you DON’T want to do?

Paul, personally, confessed, “I do not understand what I do. I do what I DON’T want to do. I DON’T do what I want to do.”

What does this mean? Is he declining into sinfulness? Getting worse and worse? NO. There are 3 points here.

#1: More blessing = more conscious of sin

More we become holy, the more we desire to become holy.

v. 5:20 “Where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”

This means, the more we experience the grace of God, the more we become conscious of sin and fighting sin. This is a basic doctrine of Christianity. The more grace/love of God, the more sensitive to sin we are, the more we desire to become holy – and hate/fight sin.

The more blessing we receive, the more blessing we are to give.

Practical example:

  • If you own $1000 / month, and give $100 in tithe, this is the correct, acceptable tithe.
  • If you earn $1,000,000 and give $1,000 as tithe, even though this is 10x the first amount, this is not the correct amount, it is not a full tithe.

Example 2:

  • How’s your suit/clothes? If you wear VERY expensive, wedding dress, etc, maybe you will be VERY careful about your actions and where you sit. You will be very careful to keep it clean. Even one small stain will be outstanding (noticeable).
  • But if you wear casual, cheap, loose clothes, you don’t care how to move, where to sit, etc. Even if something stains your clothes, it will not be noticeable and you will not be unhappy.

i.e. “The more holy you are, the more holy you want to be.”

In the Bible, there are certain books written by the apostle Paul.

  • 2 Cor = AD 56
    • (chp 11:5 “I am not less than any super apostle. I’m not in the least inferior to those.'”)
  • Eph = AD 60-61
    • (chp 3:8 “I am less than the least of all God’s people.'”)
  • 1 Tim = AD 62-63
    • (chp 1:15 “I am the worst of all sinners.”)

Look at this transformation.

Is Paul becoming worse and worse? No, the opposite is true.

The more we experience the grace/love of God, the more humble we must become.

In your case? Do you find the same things that you didn’t recognize as sin before you were saved – now you recognize it as sin since you are saved?

After saving, do you find the same things 1-2 years ago, you didn’t think “That’s a sin”, but now you recognize it as sin – then you are becoming more holy.

Paul “If I do not preach, I sin a terrible sin – curse on me.” Personally, he experienced the amazing grace of the gospel – and it changed his whole life completely. Now he cannot be happy without preaching the gospel.

If we experience this same power and grace in our lives, we also cannot be happy without doing this as well.

Samuel confessed (1 Sam 12:23) “As for me, far be it from me, that I should sin be failing to pray for you.” (Not praying for others was a terrible sin – because he experienced the special grace of God in his own life)

The more grace/love of God, the more we become sensitive to sin. May God bless us all with more grace.

#2: Christian life is a struggle

I’m a fighter. Christian life is a struggle in this world.

Q: “Are you dead IN sin, or dead TO sin?”

Be clear about your answer.

What is the difference? (a single two-letter word)

BIG difference:

  1. Dead IN sin (Eph 2:1 “…you were dead in your sins and transgressions…”) – we were children of the devil and slaves of sin – so at that time, we didn’t struggle, fight against sin – we just followed alone
  2. Dead TO sin = slaves of righteousness, children of God – no more condemnation or penalty or punishment of sin – alive to the consciousness of sin. This means we are fighting, struggling against sin.
  • Dead in sin = following sin
  • Dead to sin = fighting sin

Eph 5 “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. For our fighting is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world. Therefore, put on the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground when the day of evil comes.”

Paul confessed, near the end, “I have fought the good fight.” (2 Timothy verse 7)

1 Pet 5:8-9 “Be self-controlled and alert because your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Resist Satan, standing firm in the faith.”

Christ “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have struggles of many kinds, but take heart, for I have overcome the world.”

#3: We have responsibility

Both for our sins and our actions.

v. 17 “17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.”

v. 20 “20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”

What is the real meaning of these sentences?

Paul is not giving up / abdicating his responsibility. But, he confesses that his desires and sin fight against each other all the time.

For us as well, because in this world, our redemption is not 100% complete yet. We are still living in the presence and possibility of sin in this world.

  • Until under the grace of God, sin possessed me.
  • Now still, under the grace of God, I possess sin.
  1. Before the grace of God, we were responsible for being sinners.
  2. After we were redeemed, we are still responsible for our sin.

If you fight someone, can you say “I didn’t beat you. This fist beat you.” We must always remember we are responsible for our actions, for our sins.

We must never use the power of sin/Satan as an excuse – because these are defeated enemies. Yes, without Christ’s help, sin/Satan are more powerful than we are, so we would not be able to defend ourselves against Christ’s attacks. So, we should never stand up to sin all alone. Christ is the one who defeated sin ONCE and for all. After that, Jesus promised to fight by our side. So, if we look to Christ for help, we will not have to give in to sin.

But we must always remember that we are responsible for our own actions and sins because Satan is defeated.

  1. Law cannot change us
  2. Law cannot enable us to do good

#3. Law cannot set us FREE

Do you want freedom?

v. 22-25 “22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”

It is very clear. The Law cannot give us true freedom. It is only Christ who can set us free. Only Christ can give us real freedom.

“You know the truth and this truth will set you free.”

Gal 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”

Even today, some Christians may say “Yes, salvation by grace of God through Christ, but our sanctification is by OUR actions – service, willpower, etc.” NO! Please remember that – not only our salvation, but also sanctification, growth, final glorification, from FIRST to LAST, all steps – all the course of the Christian life – is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. “Apart from me, you can do NOTHING.” This is applied in ALL areas of the Christian life.

At the same time, the Bible encourages us, “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13?)

v. 24 “24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”

Conclusion: v. 25 “25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

  • When you look to yourself, there is only powerlessness.
  • When you look to Christ, there is sure power, victory, possible through Christ.

Our proclamation: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Let’s pray.

  • Aug 13 / 2017
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The Ministries of the Law (Romans 7:7-13)

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The Ministries of the Law

Romans 7:7-13 (Pastor Heo)

The Law and Sin

7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. 9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. 13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.


Sin is utterly sinful.

Last time in the first part of this chapter (v. 1-6) we saw our new relationship to the Law due to our union with Jesus in his death / resurrection. If we are united with him in these things, surely our relationship with the Law is that we are dead to the Law, and under Christ (under Grace).

Somebody might argue saying, “What good is the Law if we do not need it any longer?”

A: (v. 7-13) – this is the ministries of the Law (why we need the Law)

The ministries (businesses/jobs) of the Law = 4.

These ministries function even today.

#1. Law reveals sin

The Law defines sin as sin – it exposes it as what it is.

(v. 7) “7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.””

Romans 3:20 “Through the Law we become conscious of sin – the knowledge of sin.” Without Law, there is lawlessness. This reveals to us the inner man and shows us how dirty/sinful we are.

Paul doesn’t use “obvious sins” (killing, adultery, stealing) is sin. This is not difficult to understand. But rather, he uses “coveting” (I want what you’ve got). This is not an outward action, but an inward attitude – and almost every human has covetousness in their heart (this is the last of the 10 Commandments in Exodus).

Covetousness = leads to the breaking of the other 9 Commandments – it is an insidious sin that most people do not recognize in their own lives, but God reveals it.

Mark 10 – the Young Rich Ruler –

This is an example of revealing sin to show his need for a Savior.

“One day, a young man came to Jesus and knelt down and said, ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’

Jesus, ‘No one is good except God alone. You know the Commandments.’

Man, ‘I have done all this since I was a boy.’

Jesus loved him and said, ‘One thing you lack. Go and sell all you have and give it to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Come again, and follow me.’

At this, the young man’s face fell, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

No question, outwardly, this man was moral. It may be certain that he’d never broken the Commandments as he said. But when Jesus said, ‘Go and sell your possessions, and give to the poor.’ the Commandment to not covet revealed just how sinful he was. He did not realize that coveting was sin. But the Law revealed to him how covetous he was.

Jesus didn’t tell him the Law to save him, but to reveal to him his inward sinfulness.

This world says, Develop yourself, your greed, your wealth. But the Bible says, Covetousness is sin. Also “Put to death whatever is in your nature: greed, selfish desires, covetousness.”

Coveting, greed is idolatry.

  • “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs….
  • Be content with what you have…
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…
  • Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind in Christ Jesus, then you will be able to know and approve his good, pleasing, perfect will.”

Our standard (as a Christian) is NOT the world.

Our standard is what God says in his Word.

First ministry: it reveals sin.

#2. Law arouses Man’s sinful nature to sin

What does this mean?

Is the Law itself good or bad? (Good)

(v. 12) “12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.”

Because the Law is from God, who is all of the above.

How does the Law provoke us to sin?

There is no problem in the Law itself. The problem is human nature. Sin has evil power.

Sin uses our sinful nature to rebel against the Law. (We know the story of the Fall of Man in Genesis 3 – the serpent used the Word of God to make Man fall – “Did God really say, ‘Don’t eat from these trees?’ No, no, no, eat, and you will become like God.” Eve thought it looked good – and from Adam all Men have received this same inclination – to do that which is prohibited.)

There’s a saying, “Stolen apples are sweeter.”

Forbidden things look more appealing.

  • Mom says, “Children, do not open this box. NEVER open this box! NEVER EVER EVER!”
  • So, what do children want to do? Open it quickly, just once, then close it forever.

Phil “The strength/power of the Law is sin.”

Genesis 1-3, at first, Adam lived in perfect surroundings – a commandment was given to him to NOT eat ONE fruit. It was given for his benefit. But the serpent turned this into his temptation. The mere fact that it was forbidden made it tempting.

Biblical scholar:

  • Serpent = a symbol of pleasure.
  • Eve = senses (emotion).
  • Adam = reason (logic).

Which is stronger? Sense or reason?

Follow your heart, or follow your mind?

Pleasure attacked through emotion – through the senses, then reason was led astray and sinned. Even a man with reasoning may say, “Look, other people are doing the same thing! If I do this small thing only once, it will make no difference.” In this way, emotion can lead Mankind away from his reasoning.

Strong passions, desires, feelings, reasoning, knowledge, understanding, etc – must all be put under control of the Holy Spirit.

#3. Law kills

If you are outside Christ, the Law kills you. Thus, we must be INSIDE Christ. “There is no more condemnation (of Law) for those who are in Christ.”

(v. 10-11) “10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.”

Gal 3:24 says the final ultimate job of the Law is: “The Law was put in charge to lead us to Christ…”

Let’s read and memorize this verse. It’s a key verse to understanding this.

Gal 3:24 “24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.”

The Law is our tutor – in leading us to Christ.

Romans says, “Christ is the END of the Law.” This has many meanings, but one meaning is: The Law is the sign board pointing to Jesus (an arrow). If you go to Seoul, follow the sign boards. If you go in the opposite direction, you go to Busan. The Law is the final sign board pointing to Jesus Christ – to have life. Because only IN Jesus Christ, there is eternal, abundant, heavenly life.

John 5:24 “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my voice and believes in me shall not be condemned. The thief Satan comes to kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

“I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.” (I am the WAY to LIFE, and that is TRUTH.) This is the reason why the book of God is written. “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Son of God and have eternal life.”

John 5 “Whoever has the Son of God has life, whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

We are studying the Law, but is it not the same as the gospel?

There is a book called Gospel/Law.

  • OT = Book of Law.
  • NT = Book of Gospel.

Outwardly, this looks true, but inwardly, they are the SAME.

  • Gospel is “If you believe in and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, you will have eternal life.”
  • Law says, “If you reject Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, you will die.”

This is the same. Like two sides of one coin.

  • Gospel: “Believe in Christ as your Savior, and live forever.”
  • Law: “Reject Christ as your Savior, and die forever.”

#4. Law shows sinfulness of sin

Do you hate sin? (or sinners?)

We heard many times, “God hates sin, but loves sinners.”

(v. 12-13) “12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. 13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.”

Sin might become utterly (exceedingly) sinful.

The Law shows the sinfulness of sin.

Even unsaved, unbelievers know there is such a thing as sin – murder, stealing, lying, adultery, all sins. But, they do not realize the sinfulness (seriousness, true nature)of sin. Even today, some Christians may excuse their sin with words like “My mistake, human nature, instinct, bad habits…”

God condemns our sins. Yes, there is no penalty for condemnation for those who are IN Christ, but he still condemns our sins and tries to get us to see that they are utterly sinful. Until we realize how wicked sin really is, we will never want to oppose it and live in victory and holiness.

Ps. 19:12 “Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.”

The root of ALL problems: SIN

Do you have any kind of problems? The ROOT: SIN.

Then we have hope, and we can rejoice that the answer is JESUS – the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Problems?

  1. ROOT: SIN
  2. SOLUTION: JESUS
  • 1 John 2:2 “Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world.”
  • 1 John 3:5 “Jesus appeared in this world that he might take away our sins – because in him there is no sin.”

In Him: no sin.

 

Let’s pray.

  • Jul 23 / 2017
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We also died to the Law (Romans 7:1-6)

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We also died to the Law

Romans 7:1-6 (Pastor Heo)

Released From the Law, Bound to Christ

1 Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3 So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man. 4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.


  • Chp 6 = Our new relationship to sin due to our union with Christ (“We died to sin”)
  • Chp 7 = Our new relationship to the Law due to our union with Christ (“We died to the Law”)

v. 4 “4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law…”

Topic: We also died to the Law

Just as we died to sin, so we died to the Law. If we died to sin, it is natural that we died to the Law, because Law and sin go together. The power of sin = the Law.

  • Without Law, sin is not sin.
  • Without sin, the Law is not needed.

Chp 6 = “You died to sin, alive to God”

  1. KNOW this is a historical fact,
  2. COUNT it to be true,
  3. OFFER your life to God

So, serve Christ in the New way according to the Holy Spirit.

We also died to the Law.

I want to share 3 things:

  1. What is the Law?
  2. How is it possible to die to the Law?
  3. What does it mean when we say, “We died to the Law”?

#1 What is the Law?

This word is repeated 23 times here (many times throughout the whole Bible). So, according to the given context, there are many meanings.

  • Romans 8:2 “Because through Jesus, the Law of the Spirit of Life set me free from the Law of sin and death.”
    • In this sentence, LAW means “governing power/principle” (like the Law of Gravity)
  • Ps 1:2 “Blessed is the man who delights in the Law of the Lord, blessed is the one who meditates on the Law of the Lord day and night.”
    • LAW = “Word of God” (synonyms) Do you believe they are the same?

So, be careful when you say “We died to the LAW” – this does not mean “We died to the Word of God”

This word “LAW” means written code/regulations that have authority over those outside Jesus Christ.

#2 How is is possible to die to the Law?

Interesting illustration to explain this:

Romans 7:2 “2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3 So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.”

  • Chp 6 uses the illustration of Master and Slave to explain HOW we should Offer ourselves to God.
  • Chp 7 uses the illustration of Husband and Wife to show our NEW relationship to the Law due to our union with Christ.

This illustration is simple (not “sinful”) but has profound application.

When a man and woman are married, they are united for their whole lives – this is a physical union (Gen 2 “they will be one body”). So, as long as they live, they are under the authority of marriage. So, if someone marries another while still under that Law (authority), they sin. But, if the other dies, and the first marries again, there is no Law (authority) under which they are bound.

But we must understand the POINT.

  • Wife = us
  • Husband who died = the Law
  • New husband = Christ

POINT: If the wife died, the only one way she could marry again is if she rose again from the dead to life. THIS is the POINT.

  • Wife (us) DIED in Christ – so the Husband (Law) lost authority to rule over us
  • Christ died and we died in Christ
  • He rose and we were born again in Him
  • We remarried Christ (thus, he is called our “Bridegroom”)

#3 What does it mean when we say that?

6 points here:

1. It does NOT mean – the Law died

(Sin did not die) it is still very near to us and it has authority, dominion, power to condemn and punish those who are outside Christ. (We also were once under its authority and condemnation and penalty – but now, IN CHRIST, we are not under the Law but under Grace) – The Law LIVES.

(“I died to the Law”) – this is true – do you believe it?

2. This does NOT mean – I’m FREE to do whatever I want, nor to live a Lawless life.

Even amongst Christians, some say, “Dude, I’m saved – once for all” – but you do not have a license to live lawlessly. (Extreme of License)

3. We died to the Law, so we also died to “legalism”.

There’s another opposite extreme we must be cautious of (Extreme of Legalism)

We are no longer legalists.

  • This is the belief that we can become holy and pleasing to God by keeping the Law.
  • This problem = sees SINS (plural) but not SIN (singular) –
  • It judges outwardly, but does not consider the heart.
  • Legalism can make us unloving, unforgiving, judgmental toward other people.

So, we died to the Law = we are no longer legalists.

4. Our motivation is not from the Law – it comes from God’s grace through our union with Christ

v. 4 “4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”

We serve Christ, not by trying hard to keep the Law, but out of hearts and minds that overflow with love for Him. Total commitment to Christ cannot co-exist with total commitment to the Law – this would be spiritual idolatry. (We fully belong to Christ).

Still we must serve, we have a holy responsibility to live a holy life, but the motivation is not prompted by the LAW, but by our LOVE for him. (God looks at the heart)

5. It MEANS – we are to bear fruit

Fruit to God, for God, by God. Are you producing fruit? What is your fruit?

v. 4 “4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.

Here the word “fruit” is repeated twice.

NOW we bear fruit for God – THEN we bore fruit for death.

Yes, in physical marriage, we also have fruit (kids) – when we were in sin, we also produced fruit that made us ashamed – when we were under the Law, we produced fruit by our own effort and power that turned out to be fruitless – (the only fruit under the Law is sin and death – because sinful passions work against the Law).

Remember #1: The Law is still alive.

  • It had authority, but it did not effectively control human passions.
  • It restrains us and teaches us, but also stimulates our sinful nature.
  • It identifies sin, but also generates sin.

That’s why there’s fighting between the Old nature and the New nature.

Those who do not follow Christ, have only their own self-determination to follow. But, in Christ, “A new life begins.” That’s why we are born again. God is at the center of the Christian life. God provides, God supplies the power for Christian daily living. Our way of looking at this world changes totally through Christ.

John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit – fruit that will last forever.”

In Christ, we are to produce fruit that glorifies God.

  • Yes, in physical marriage, our fruit is physical children.
  • So, in our spiritual marriage with Christ, our spiritual fruit is Children of God.

6. It MEANS – we are released from the Law.

We are released (free). So what does this mean?

v. 6 “6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.”

This means, we are released from

  • the authority of the Law –
  • the penalty of the Law –
  • the external regulations of the Law in order to be “righteous” –
  • the ceremonial regulations that point at Christ (because Christ himself has fulfilled them).
  • We are released to serve in the new way of the Holy Spirit – who teaches us how to please God.
  • We are set free through the blood of Christ and counted righteous before God.

Let me close with this point.

(DEEP THINKING coming up)

“We died to the Law” means we are:

  • “not to break the Law, but to fulfill it” –
  • “not to cancel the Law, but to uphold it.”

What does this mean? How is it possible?

Matt 5:17-18 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, rather I have come to fulfill them. Until heaven and earth disappear, not a single stroke of the pen will disappear from the Law until it is all fulfilled.”

Christ fulfilled these requirements perfectly through his life, work, death, resurrection.

Romans 10:4 “Jesus Christ is the END of the Law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”

We are not to nullify the Law, but to fulfill it.

How is this possible?

Conclusion (secret / mystery (신비))

Only by remaining in Christ – belonging to Christ – are we accepted and counted as fulfilling ALL the demands of the Law.

Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are IN Christ – because in Christ, the Law of the Spirit set you free from the Law of sin and death.”

God condemned sin in sinful man by sending his Son in order that all the requirements of the Law be fulfilled through life in the Holy Spirit.

v. 6 “6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.”

God bless us, God bless you. YOU died to the Law.

Please apply this to your life.

Let’s pray.

  • Jul 16 / 2017
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If you KNOW it, COUNT it as True, and OFFER yourself to Christ (Romans 6:11-23)

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If you KNOW it, COUNT it as true, and OFFER Yourselves to God

Romans 6:11-23 (Pastor Heo)

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (memorize it)


Important words: Know, Count, Offer

Water baptism is an outward symbol of our inward experience in which we are united/ID’d with Christ in his death, burial, resurrection. If we are ID’d with Christ in his death, all things that happened to him, will happen to us because we are united in his body when he died. Therefore, automatically, his resurrection, life, victory, glory, seat in heaven, is ours as well.

“If you are children of God, you are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” – Christ is our eldest brother (Romans 8:29?) – “Those he foreknew he also predestined… that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”

This union is the STRONGEST union.

This connection with Christ is much stronger than any other physical union in this world.

This union is stronger than:

  • the vine and its branch,
  • husband and wife,
  • this building and the ground,
  • head and body.

This union is authored by the Holy Spirit.

1 Cor 6:17 “He who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.”

This is a VITAL union (vitamin).

The life of Christ is the life of a true believer. He is living his life through you and me. We are a channel of Jesus Christ. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live….”

This union is PERFECT / COMPLETE.

There are many parts in our bodies (ears, nose, eyes, etc) – each part in one body is both a means and an end.

  • Hands exist for the feet.
  • Eyes exist for the ears.
  • Ears exist for the nose.
  • Everything exists for the head.
  • Head exists for each part of the body.

“You are the body of Christ. Christ is the head. Each one of you is part of the body.”

This union is INSEPARABLE.

How long is eternal life?

Our union with Christ makes our relationship to sin totally different from before. Last time, we heard many times “Know this: you are dead to sin and alive to God.” So, are you dead to sin?

What does this mean?

  1. What is sin?
    1. A: State/action against the will of God. The greatest sin is not to believe in Jesus.

In our old lives, we were alive to sin, but now we are “dead” to sin. What is the difference?

  • “Alive to sin” = dead to the sense of sin (We did not know the will of God and we did not recognize sin as sin)
  • “Dead to sin” = alive to the sense (understanding / knowledge) of sin (Now, we recognize sin as sin and we understand the will of God)

Make sense?

  1. “Dead to sin” = free FROM sin (in the past, we were free TO sin) – we are FREE from the power, presence of sin
    1. The moment we accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we were completely saved once for all time from the power of sin.
    2. NOW, we are being saved from the power, presence, temptation, challenge of sin.
    3. In the future, we WILL be saved totally from the entire presence of sin when we go to heaven to be with Christ forever and ever.

“Dead to sin” = sin is no longer our Master. (We once were followers of sin, now we are FIGHTERS against sin.)

“I’m a fighter of sin!”

v. 11 “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (very important)

This is the second important word in this chapter (to count – account – or believe what God says is true)

Important words: Know, Count, Offer

Bible does not tell us to “feel” that you are dead to sin, but ACT upon it and claim it for yourselves. This is a matter of FAITH that issues itself in ACTION. (Have you ever endorsed a check? If you really believe the money is in the checking account, you will sign your name and claim the money.)

“Counting” is:

  • NOT “claim a promise”
    • but “ACT on a promise” –
  • this is NOT “try to be dead to sin”
    • but ACT on the FACT that you are dead to sin.

Q: Even if we do not ACT on a FACT, is it TRUE? Yes!

This is reality. So, receive this reality as real and the truth as true and act on this fact.

  1. 3rd important word: “Offer”
  • 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
  • 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
  • 19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.

Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you brothers in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies to God as pleasing sacrifices. This is your spiritual act of worship.”

  • The OT sacrifices were dead (animal) sacrifices.
  • But the NT sacrifices, God asks for LIVING sacrifices. Yes, God may ask SOME people to die for him (can you?), but God asks ALL of us to LIVE for Him.

Q: How – if we must offer our bodies to God, HOW can we do so?

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.

This is an act of the WILL. Based on the knowledge of what Christ has done for us, this is an intelligent act, not an emotional reaction to a moving moment. Look at the verb tenses (시제).

These are imperative verbs yes?

The literal translation of v. 13 =

“Do not constantly allow sin to reign in your mortal body so that you are constantly obeying its laws. Also do not constantly offer your members of your body as tools and instruments of sin, but ONCE AND FOR ALL, offer yourself to God.” (This ONCE AND FOR ALL is also described in Romans 12:1)

In our lives, (are you Christian?) – there must be a final and complete surrender of our body to God. It does not mean there will not be further steps of surrender – because the longer we walk with God, the further/deeper we walk with/surrender to Him.

Yes, we daily surrender to Christ, but even this is based on the FIRST, ONCE AND FOR ALL, surrender. This is the tense of Romans 12:1 and this 6:13.

Q: WHY does God want our bodies?

God eagerly, earnestly wants to use your body.

  1. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because it is the temple of God, he wants to use your body/my body for his glory and holiness.
  2. At the same time, it is God’s tool, weapon, workmanship.
    1. He wants to build his kingdom in this world (tool).
    2. He wants to use us to fight against his enemies (weapon).
  • God used Moses to conquer Egypt.
  • God used David to conquer the Philistines.
  • God used the mouths of the prophets to spread his message and
  • God used the feet of Paul to spread the gospel.
  • He used five pieces of bread and fish to feed 5000 adult men (+ women/children).
  • God wants to use our bodies to defeat the power of our enemy Satan.

Q: So, WHY are we to OFFER our bodies?

3 words are keywords (reasons for this surrender):

1. Grace 은혜

“Sin shall not be your master because we are not under Law but under Grace” – we are not saved by the Law, we do not live/stand under the Law. But, though we are saved by Grace, this is no reason to sin, but rather, reason to OBEY.

Sin and Law go together all the time. “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law.” Since we are dead to sin and alive to God, sin is robbed of its power and strength. Have you ever experienced God’s abundant grace? If so, you cannot sin continually.

2. Freedom

16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.

Practical translation of v. 19

“We must be AS enthusiastic/zealous in offering our bodies to Christ as we WERE enthusiastic/zealous in offering our bodies to sin.”

The illustration of Master/slave is easy to understand. Whatever we allow to become our Master – we are slaves to this. But now that we are slaves to Christ, we are free from Sin.

The message = REAL FREEDOM can be found only by being a Slave to Christ.

We know the story of the Prodigal son very well. This is a clear example of this truth.

  1. First he was a slave of wrong desires, then wrong actions, then a literal slave when he took care of pigs.
  2. He wanted to find himself but he lost himself.
  3. What he THOUGHT was freedom, turned out to became the WORST kind of slavery.
  4. It was only when he returned home to the father that he found real, true freedom.

3. Fruit (Do you like fruit?)

If you work, you expect payment. If you serve a master, you expect a salary. This is fruit.

21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If we serve a boss or master, we can expect some form of payment.

Sin is also a Master and God is a Master.

  • If we serve Sin, our salary = death.
  • If we serve God, our salary = holiness, eternal life.
  1. In our old selves, we produced the fruit that made us ashamed. (Have you experienced this?)
  2. In our new lives now, we produce fruit that glorifies God.

v. 23

“The wages of sin is death…” – this is usually applied to the lost (non-Christians) – that’s true, but it ALSO applies to US. This is a warning for the saved as well because this truth is applied not only in the spiritual world, but also in the physical world.

  • In the spiritual world, if we sin by not accepting Jesus Christ, the penalty is not receiving eternal life.
  • In the physical world, if we sin habitually, by doing something against the will of God, our physical life can also be taken away earlier.

Samson

Samson’s story is a clear example of this truth. I believe Samson was saved in his spirit, but lost his life earlier because of his lust and sin with Delilah who cut off his hair.

“but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”

These three words need to be heeded daily.

  1. KNOW – you have been crucified with Christ, dead to sin, alive to God
  2. COUNT – this to be true and act on the fact in your life
  3. OFFER – yourselves to God to be used by him in his story, for his glory

God bless us with his living and powerful message.

Let’s pray.

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