“The Pleasures Of Sin”

Posted: July 2, 2021 in Uncategorized

If sin didn’t bring us so much pleasure, we probably wouldn’t engage in it. But it does. We’re told that Moses chose to suffer with the people of God [the Jews] rather than enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin that could have been his as a rising star in Egypt. “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:24, 25). Notice, they are called “passing” pleasures. Are you engaged in some “secret sins” that are dragging you down to death? Are you looking for a way to get out of this vicious web? If so, read on. If not, stop reading any further.

The foolish, immoral woman says to a simpleton, “’Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’ But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell” (Proverbs 9:17, 18). Please take time to read or listen to a tragic story of a moral failure in Proverbs 5. [1]

How Addictive Is Sin?

“Sin will take you/me farther than we want to go.

Sin will keep you/me longer than we want to stay.

Sin will cost you/me more than we want to pay.”

Original source unknown. [2]

What is Sin?

“Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). It is acting as though God has no standards for us and thinking that we are free to do as we please without any negative consequences. But wait! God, who made us, has the right to impose rules and regulations on us even if we don’t understand their value, or even if we don’t want to do what He tells us to do. [3] The wicked say, “Let us break [God’s] bonds in pieces and cast away [His] cords from us” (Psalm 2:3). “He [also] has said in his heart, ‘God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see’” (Psalm 10:11). Don’t believe this; God is omniscient (John 2:24, 25; Isaiah 46:10; Mark 4:22). He even knows all about our motives for doing what we do (1 Corinthians 4:5).

Our Sin Nature & The New Nature

All of us are born with a sinful nature (disposition). It prompts us to do just the opposite of what God wants us to do. It takes good things and perverts them into something evil (“The Works of the Flesh” – Galatians 5:19-21). [4] This sinful nature was passed down to us from our first parents, Adam and Eve (Psalm 51:5). Even babies have them. [5] It is something that all of us, believers and unbelievers, will have until we die or the Rapture takes place (Romans 8:23).

Those Christians who have received a new nature from above (2 Peter 1:4), but who deny that they still have a sin nature, are simply deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:15-25). We still have the potential to do everything we did before we were saved. But we, as Christians, don’t have to keep on sinning (1 John 2:1 ff; 3:9, 10; 4:4). Those who fail to learn from the mistakes and sins of others, and who think they can resist evil temptations without God’s help, are the ones most likely to fall into sin and judgment (1 Corinthians 10:1-13; 11:30; See John 15:5). Self transformation and reformation lead to pride which God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19; 8:13; 2 Peter 2:18-22).

Precautions For Believers To Take

“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

“…Walk in [by means of] the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust [strong desires] of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16, 25).

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

The Consequences Of Sin (Lawlessness)

Physical Death. It is the separation of the body from the soul and spirit (James 2:26; 5:19, 20; Genesis 2:17; 5:5, 8, 11, 14; See Hebrews 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). At the time of physical death, both the wicked dead (unbelievers) in Hades, and the righteous dead (believers) in Paradise receive temporary bodies to house their souls and spirits until they receive their resurrected bodies (Luke 16:19-31; 2 Corinthians 5:1-8). [6] Christ will defeat death by raising everyone who has died from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:26).There are different orders and times of resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 51, 52). In which one will you participate? Not sure? Ask us about them.

Spiritual Death. “…it is the state of the natural or unregenerate man as still in his sins [Ephesians 2:1], alienated from the life of God [Ephesians 4:18, 19], and destitute of the [Holy] Spirit [Romans 8:9].” – Dr. C. I. Scofield. We’re all born into this life spiritually dead and separated from God. We need to be “born again from above” if we are to be delivered from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (John 3:3-7; Matthew 25:41, 46). Learn how this kind of death can be reversed? [7]

The Second Death. This is the irreversible separation from God in the lake of fire forever for all unbelievers (Revelation 21:8). There are no second chances to be saved after a person dies physically, and there is no annihilation of the wicked dead, or reincarnation, or Purgatory taught in the Scriptures. The lusts (strong desires) that come from the sinful nature of unbelievers, who end up in the lake of fire, will never be satisfied (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11).

The Remedy For Sin

Judicial Forgiveness. This is granted to an unbeliever today who places his/her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, Who died for our sins, Who was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It takes place when we accept Christ’s death as our death for sins, and His resurrection as our resurrection from the dead (Galatians 2:20; See Romans 8:1). This is when we pass from spiritual death into spiritual (eternal) life (John 5:24) and have Christ’s righteousness imputed to our account (Romans 4:5-11, 23, 24; John 16:10).

Family Forgiveness. This is granted to a believer who confesses his/her known sins to God the Father, by naming them specifically to Him, and agreeing with Him about what we did (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16). Discernment (self judgment) and repentance (a change of mind about what we did) need to precede confession (1 Corinthians 11:31; 2 Corinthians 7:9).

Help

Are you, or is someone you know, struggling spiritually? We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We want to help you have assurance of salvation first. Then we want to help you grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), so you can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13), and reproduce yourself in this world (Matthew 28:19, 10). If you have questions and/or comments, you can contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1[ Proverbs 5 –https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/pro/5/1/s_633001 (Read or listen to this.)

[2] Quote heard at – https://insight.org/broadcasts/player/?bid=3945

[3] See our “Dispensations Chart” and the rules God gave to different people at different times.

Click on “Understanding The Times Book Marker” at www.kelseypeach.com

[4] “The Works Of The Flesh” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/book-burning/

[5] Minnesota Crime Commission – Babies https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/heres-a-switch-use-it/

[6] Richard Schafer, “Intermediate Bodies” http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/dbv1n4.html#A4

[7] The Bad News & The Good News – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Three Spiritual Enemies: How To Overcome Them. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/tested-and-tried-daily/

Recommended reading – Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ” Victory in the Christian Life https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

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