Sermons on Sin
In Isaiah 59:1-15 Isaiah returns to the theme of the sins of God’s people. Their sin causes a separation from God and is described as being in darkness. Sin and the judgment that follows is related to the darkness of non-creation. The light of salvation bursting through the darkness signals a new creation.
Having described the wickedness of Israel’s leaders, Isaiah moves on to describe the sins of the people. The people of God have been faithless in their idolatry, which the prophets everywhere take to be adultery against God. To be faithful to God, we must worship Him according to His Word.
Isaiah says that the faithful outsider will be included in the kingdom of God (56:1-8), but the faithless insider will be excluded. Here the focus is on the leadership of the people of God. Poor leadership causes great harm to the church.
In Matthew 16:1-4 the Saduccees and Pharisees ask for a sign. This is a strange request in light of the many miracles Christ had done to this point. Their goal, like many skeptics today who make similar demands for proofs, is to hide their rebellion against God behind the request for a sign. The reality is Christ had done enough to make himself known such that the request can only be interpreted as disingenuous. Ultimately, Christ tells them that the…
In Matthew 13:53-58 Christ is rejected at his hometown. Those who knew Christ best and were closest to him end up failing to receive him. Sadly, it is sometimes those who are most familiar with Christ who end up turning away from him. It can be easy to take the blessings of the covenant for granted, but they are not to be rested in. Rather, they are meant to lead you to Christ.
In Proverbs 6:12-19 Solomon describes the wicked. Whereas the godly devote every part of themselves to godliness, the wicked devote themselves to ungodliness. As such they are opposed by God since they do the things He hates.
In Hebrews 12:25-29 the author gives a final exhortation not to turn away from the Lord. Since there are greater privileges in the New Covenant associated with approach to Mt. Zion, the christian ought not to refuse him who speaks from heaven. This all the more since he has received as unshakeable kingdom.
In Proverbs 2:16-22, Solomon explains the second of two benefits of obtaining wisdom and gaining the knowledge of God: it will deliver you from faithless women who entice men to sin. Sexual sins pose a particular danger and many are ensnared by them. How can you stand against these? Solomon says that wisdom will deliver you from the faithless woman.
In Hebrews 10:26-31, the author, after encouraging the people to hold fast to their confession, offers a warning to all of those who turn away from Christ. Ultimately, the sin of apostasy is worse than any other. Not only that, but apostasy under the New Covenant is much worse than that under the Old. Here is the warning: do not turn away from Christ. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
In Proverbs 1:8-19 Solomon begins his instructions to his son. Throughout the book of Proverbs there is an emphasis on instruction within the family, particularly parents to children. As was the case in Solomon’s day, there is a great temptation to listen to a peer group rather than to parents. Godliness in the home entails careful instruction of children concerning temptations to sin and obedient children who heed their parents’ advice rather than their friends’.
In Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23 Christ gives the parable of the sower or the parable of the soils. This is the first of the famous kingdom parables from Matthew 13 given in response to the unbelief recorded in chapters 11-12. Here Christ explains that there will be many who do not respond well to the gospel. Some will be deceived by Satan. Some will fall away after persecution. Some will be choked out by the cares of this world and the…
In Matthew 12:46-50 Christ’s family comes to see him, however, they come doubting. When told that his family wants to see him, Christ explains that his true family are those who do the will of his Father in heaven are his true family. This is the blessing of the gospel: that though there be many who turn away, those who come to Christ are adopted into the family of God with Christ himself as their elder brother who came to…