| I have sinned|
Romans 3v23 says "all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God". That means
that every human being has failed meet the perfect standard
of God's goodness and righteousness. We have failed because
we have done things our way, not God's way. We have disobeyed
His instruction which He wrote in both the Bible and in
our consciences. God's law is like a pane of glass; it's
either broken or it isn't. It's no good saying "I only
lied, I never stole". James 2v10 says "For
whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one
point is guilty of breaking all of it". Whether it's murder or whether
it's just a 'white' lie, whether it's adultery or just
jealousy, every sin keeps us from meeting God's standard
and has both consequences and penalty!
The consequences of sin can be numerous. If we lie we can
get caught and break relationships & trust. If we steal we
can be caught and prosecuted. But the most serious consequence
of sin is that it separates us from God and from the relationship
He created us to have with Him. Isaiah 59v2 says "But your
iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have
hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear."
Have you ever wondered why God feels so far away?
Even more serious is the penalty for sin. Romans 6v23 says
"For the wages of sin is death" i.e.
death is what you earn from sinning. Not physical death since
that is inevitable for all of us. It's the ultimate statistic;
1 out of 1 die. The Bible is referring to spiritual death,
that is the assumption that we are more than just physical
bodies; that we have a spirit or soul which persists after
our bodies die. It is unclear exactly what it means for us
to face spiritual death but it is clear that it is
the opposite of God's desired plan for you and I which is
that our spirit goes to dwell with Him forever in His presence;
what the Bible calls heaven.
So we all have a big problem. We have all sinned and because
God is perfectly just, this sin means we must all face spiritual
death and eternal separation from God; what the Bible calls
Click here for point number 3.
If you're unhappy about this you'll be pleased to know that
because of His great love for you, God was even more unhappy
with the situation (2 Peter 3v9). Cue point number 3.