People think God gives us laws to obey to keep us from having fun, but they’re actually there to protect us. God knows that sin leads to death and doesn’t wish that any of us would perish. Sin seems appealing and people think that they’re going to miss out, but sin is actually deadly.
The apple was appealing, so they ate it and were banished from the Garden of Eden. God didn’t tell Adam not to eat from the fruit of Conscience because he wanted to prevent them from having fun, He did it because He knew he’d be doomed to die.
“Sin wouldn’t be so attractive if the wages were paid immediately.”
1. What do you think about this quote?
So many people take up for their sin as if their friends, but our sin testifies against us. “I only lie sometimes” “I steal every now and then, but it’s okay” Pretend you’re a kid and you have a friend that you know isn’t good for you (sin) and you always took up for him/her because you thought they weren’t that bad of a friend. When you’re not around (sin) goes to the teacher and tells them everything that you did. Sin is not your friend. You say that sin is not that bad and your sin says that you are bad.
Sin has consequences. It makes us guilty and people who have violated the law are prosecuted. Prosecution is the act or process of holding a trial against a person who is accused of a crime to see if that person is guilty. The Bible says that when we sin we’re guilty and our sins testify against us.
Joshua was on trial and the devil was there accusing him. God decided to be merciful and rejected Satan’s accusations. He took away Joshua’s sins and gave him new clothes which represented what Jesus would do in the future. When our sins are forgiven they are no longer counted against us and we become a new person.
2. What verse stood out to you and why?
God’s laws are good and they protect us, it’s our own evil desires that want to break God’s laws and bring about our condemnation. Thankfully Jesus has set us free. If you gave your life to Christ you are not a “sinner saved by grace” I know people say that out of humility but it’s actually not true because your identity has now changed. (Romans 6:6- Your old evil desires were nailed to the cross with Him; that part of you that loves to sin was crushed and fatally wounded, so that your sin-loving body is no longer under sin’s control, no longer needs to be a slave to sin;) For example: A runner fell in some quicksand (us before salvation) Jesus comes and sets the runner free, He is no longer in quicksand (in sin). We have to understand what Jesus did on the cross. We were slaves to sin and have been set free. We’re no longer sinners, but saints. If you do mess up there is forgiveness. If you’re running a race and trip, do you give up and call yourself a loser? No, you get up and keep running. If you do slip up and sin, do you call yourself a sinner? No, you repent and keep walking with God.
Sin kept us in bondage and Jesus set us free. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
3. What did you get out of tonight’s Bible Study?