by David Cariaga
Last issue, I wrote on the topic “Know What God Wants.” I then pondered the question, is it the will of God that we commit sin like adultery, fornication, drunkenness, idolatry, murder and many others that is considered to be a big NO to the Bible? If the answer is that God does not wants us to sin, why do we continue in sin? Why would we knowingly violate God’s word – and yet dream of going to Heaven? This is a very simple question that needs to be answered and it is a choice to make if we want to be on God’s side and follow his teaching.
Nobody is perfect and I am one of them. The Bible mentions in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” 1 John 1:8 (NIV). So this verses fits with the other verses that tell us that “no one is righteous, no not one” Romans 3:10 (KJV). Since we know now that these verses tell us that we are sinners, shall we continue sinning? This question is not new as it has already been asked by Apostle Paul in Romans 6:1 “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?”(NASV) This question tells us that Apostle Paul recognizes us to be sinners. Our God recognized that and sent us the only alternative so that we will come out cleansed and Holy. Since we are not perfect and we sin, we needed a Savior and we needed to cling to Him! Jesus Christ is our only refuge for us to have that hope of eternal life.
People can be harsh and judgmental, but our Lord Jesus opens His arms to receive us. He calls for us – for anyone who needs LIFE and HOPE. 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (NIV). It is true that “nobody is perfect” but Jesus can make us perfect, ” That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” Ephesians 5:27(KJV). So here, our only recourse is to go to Jesus as He is just and willing to forgive our sins. If we come to Him and abide in His word, and follow Him, our past,dirty life shall be forgiven. If we repent and are willing to wash our sins by being baptized and be added to our Lord’s Church, this is our only way to be saved!
Yes my friends, you are not perfect and have a sinful past. You came to a realization that you wanted to change your life and your only was is to listen to the Bible instruction and come out cleansed. Let us listen to Jesus as He is calling us “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. If you have some spiritual problem, come and see us so we can help guide you from the Scripture. We, the brethren from the Convoy Church of Christ would love to see you saved and are so willing to teach you and guide you the right path. May our Great God Bless You!
Brother David Cariaga is the pulpit minister at the Convoy Avenue Church of Christ in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.