SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF GOD (PART ONE)

Description of God: God is awesome. God is a spiritual being. He is our heavenly Father. He is a living God and He is the God of the living. He is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the fear of Jacob. God is unsearchable. He is perfect, faithful, loyal, and righteous. He is loving, merciful and just. He is knowledge and wisdom. He is compassionate and kind. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and the omniscient. God is the originator (creator) and ruler of the universe. In Him all things consist. God is and should be the principle object of faith and worship. God is of infinite mind and His works “mind blowing”. God is the Miracle of miracles, the Wonder of wonders, the King of kings and He is the Author and Finisher of the Christian faith. The Bible says of God “He forgets not”. God is Holy and above all He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is the Father, God is the Son, God is the Holy Spirit. God is eternal, ruthful, benevolent, and one to fellowship with. God is mighty, supreme, and mysterious. God is the King of peace and the only one who can sanctify. God is the Father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows. He is the help of the helpless and the LORD of Hosts. God is the one who owns all, our master, who reveals, provides, heals, and blesses. God is the one who care for all things. God is the one who made the poor and the rich, the black and the white, the mighty and the low, the slave and the master, the macro and the micro, the minute and the giant, the high and the low, the living and the dead, the sick and the healthy , the blind and the one that can see, the deaf and the one that can hear, the dumb and the one that can speak, the smart and the stupid. God made them all bright and beautiful and loves them equally. God is our Christ and our Great Redeemer, our LORD and our Savior. God is glorious, incorruptible, immutable, gracious, upright, immortal, and there is none like Him. He is great, light, and invisible. He is immortal, justifies and is a consuming fire. He is the Alfa and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. God is Spirit.

Sin and Sinner Defined

  1. The Webster dictionary defined sin as transgression, evil, a violation of an acceptable moral, religious or social code or law. The dictionary also describes sin as “estrangement from God as a result of breaking God’s law.
  2. “Sin is any lack of conformity to the character of God whether in act or state”
  3. “Sin is a hopelessly incurable disease of the soul”
  4. “Sin is characteristic of the old nature, the flesh and finds expression daily”
  5. The Bible (I Jn 3:4) states, “whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law”.

Three important things we should understand about sin are:

  1. Sin is an act; the breaking of a law or a commandment is sin.
  2. Sin is a state; the fallen state of man without righteousness.
  3. Sin is a nature; the nature of a fallen man at enmity and rebellion against God.

The dictionary defines a sinner as someone who sins. “The scripture hath concluded ALL under sin”. (Gal. 3:2). We are ALL sinners. There is none righteous, no not one. The Bible says “The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that does good, no not one”. (Ps. 14:2,3). The scripture also states that “we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”. (Isa. 64:6).

Where Have We Gone Aside or Astray?

We are gone aside or astray by sinning against God. We offend or commit an offense against fellow humans, we commit crime against the state, but sins are committed against God. The Bible says “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sins are ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightiest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest”. (Ps. 51:3, 4). These are the ways we have sinned against God.

  1. Disobedience (Gen. 3:6)
  2. Drunkenness (Gen. 9:21)
  3. Self-worship (Gen. 11:1-9)
  4. Sodomy (Gen. 19, Rom. 1:24-32)
  5. Hatred (Gen. 27:41)
  6. Deceit (Gen. 27:11-15)
  7. Incest (Gen. 19:33 – 35)
  8. Lying (Gen. 26: 7, 8)
  9. Jealousy (I Sam. 18: 8-12)
  10. Rape (2 Sam. 13:14)
  11. Plotting murder (Gen. 37: 18-22; 4:8)
  12. Mockery (2 King 2:23, 24)
  13. Adultery (2 Sam. 11:4, 27)
  14. Murmuring (Num. 14:29)
  15. Rebellion (Num. 16)
  16. Idolatry (Ex. 32)
  17. Blasphemy (Acts 12:20-23)
  18. Breaking the Sabbath (Num. 5:32-36)
  19. Covetousness (Josh. 7)
  20. Compromise (Jugde 2:1-3)
  21. Taking bribes (I Sam. 8:3)
  22. Eating blood ( I Sam. 14:33)
  23. Practicing witchcraft (I Sam. 28: 7-18)
  24. Intruding into the priests’ office ( I Sam. 2:17)
  25. Causing division among God’s people (2 Sam. 15:4)
  26. Despising a husband or a wife (2 Sam. 6:16-23)
  27. Offering human sacrifices ( 2 King 17:17)
  28. Pride (I Sam. 14:12-14)
  29. Self- will (Ezek. 28:17)
  30. Despising God’s word (2 Chron. 36:16)
  31. Attributing to Satan the work of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 12:24-32)
  32. Prayerlessness (Hosea 7:7)
  33. Polluting the house of God (Jn. 2:14-16)
  34. Scattering the sheep (Jer. 23:1)
  35. Teaching false doctrine (Mt. 16:6)
  36. Lack of mercy (Mt. 18:23-35)
  37. Hypocrisy (Mt. 23)
  38. Denying Christ (Mt. 26:69-75)
  39. Crucifying Christ (Acts 2:23)
  40. Being stiff necked (Act 7:51)
  41. Unthankfulness (Rom. 1:21)
  42. Boasting (Rom. 1:30)
  43. Disobeying parents (Rom. 1:30)
  44. Without natural affection (Rom. 1:31)
  45. Living in the flesh (Gal. 3:3)
  46. And others such as murder, stealing, extortion, omissions, iniquity, occultism, presumptuousness, etc.

The Manifestation of Sin

  1. Transgression: this is the overstepping of the law of God. Ps. 51:1, “Blot out my transgressions”.
  2. Iniquity: this is an act inherently wrong or forbidden, such as braking a commandment.
  3. Errors: this is a departure from right Psa. 51:9, “……. And blot out all mine iniquities”.
  4. Missing the mark: that is, the failure to meet the divine standard of God. I Jn. 5:17, Rom. 3:23.
  5. Trespass: that is, the intrusion of the self-will into the sphere of God’s authority.
  6. Lawlessness: this is spiritual anarchy. I Tim. 1:9, “…… for the lawless and disobedient.”
  7. Debt: this is a failure in duty, the sin of omission, the things that we leave undone.
  8. Unbelief: this is an insult to the divine veracity of God. Heb. 3:12, ‘….. evil heart of unbelief”.

The Results or Penalties of Sin

  1. Death: there are two types of death that come to a sinner
  • Physical death, and
  • Separation from God or spiritual death.

Death to a sinner is inevitable for the Bible says Rom. 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death”.

  1. Lost: a sinner that refuses to change is lost to God and to heaven. Luke 15:24 “For this my son was dead and he was lost”.
  2. Condemnation: this is a judicial word signifying God’s judgement. Jn. 3:18 states, “….. but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God”.
  3. Guilt: this is an indicative word signifying being conscience-stricken. Gen. 26:10, states “…. One of the people might lightly have laid with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us”.
  4. Perdition: this is a prospective word signifying destruction and damnation. I Tim. 6:9, states, “….. which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
  5. Punishment: this is a conscious word signifying penal infliction. Matt. 25:46 states, “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment.”
  6. Eternal fire: this is a durative word signifying the length of punishment. Jude 7 states, “…. Are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
  7. Hell: this will be the abode or dwelling place of the devil and those unrepentant sinners. Matt. 25:41 states, “Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
  8. Lake of fire: this is the second death. Rev. 20:14 states, ‘And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

Types of Sinners

The scriptures identifies primarily two types of sinners even though there may be variations of these two types. The two primary types are (Read Matt. 25:31-46):

  1. Believing sinners: these are the sheep. There are two types of sheep:
  2. Sheep-like sheep: these are repentant sinners who have submitted their will to God and live by faith in the Son of God.
  3. Goat-like sheep: these are also repentant sinners but unlike the sheep-like sheep, these ones believe that they can contribute to their salvation by the work they do.
  4. Unbelieving sinners: These are the goats. There are two types of goats:
  5. Good goats: these are by nature good people. They help other and generally behave like good Christians but their problem is that they cannot be saved by Christ because they do not believe in Him or His work. (Read. Eph. 2: 8, 9; Jn. 1:12; Matt. 22:1-14)
  6. Bad or Evil goats: these are by nature wicked people and they too have no trust in Jesus.

The Anger and Judgement of God on Unrepentant Sinners.

Jesus may tarry but be assured that He will come. The day He comes shall herald the last day as we know it on earth and with Him will come the pronouncement of His judgement and punishment of unrepentant sinners. Let unrepentant sinners be assured that all the prophecies of the Bible concerning the judgement and punishment of the unbeliever shall be carried out. This is an assurance because God value His word even more than His name. Luke 16:17 states, “And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one title of the law (the Bible) to fail.”

It will be strongly suggested that you pay attention to the following whether you are a saint (a believer) or an unbeliever because you will learn something. The following are examples of God’s judgement in the past:

  1. God’s wrath or anger on Adam, Eve, Serpent, and Satan because of their disobedience (Gen. 3:14-24)
  2. God’s anger on Cain because he killed his brother Abel. (Gen. 4:9-14)
  3. God’s anger on the angels that left their abode and came into the world. (Jude 6).
  4. God’s anger on Sodom, Gomorrah, etc because of their sinful ways, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh. (Gen. 19:17-29; Jude 7)
  5. God’s anger on the world of Noah’s Day because of the sin and corruption of man. (Gen. 7, 8)
  6. God’s anger on the world at Babel for their refusal to spread and occupy the whole earth (Gen. 11:1-9). God confused their language and they couldn’t understand one another and therefore were scattered.
  7. God’s anger on Egypt. About eleven different punishments were inflicted on Egypt because of their wickedness on Isrealites (Ex. 6,7,8,10,11,14)
  8. God’s anger on Mariam, the sister of Moses. God made her leprous because of her rebellion against Moses – at least for seven days (Num. 12:1-15)
  9. God’s anger on Amalek and his people (Ex. 17:8-14; I Sam. 15:1-35). Now let me show how intense God’s anger can be. I Sam. 15:3 states, “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, OX and sheep, Carmel and ass.” That is anger of God for you and this punishment happens four hundred years after the sin was committed. God never forgets, sinfulness must be punished.
  10. God’s anger on His people Isreal for their sinful ways:
  • He sent snakes to bite them.
  • He made them wander in the wilderness for forty years until all the generation who sinned died. The whole journey from Egypt to the promised shouldn’t have taken more than thirty (30) days under normal condition.
  • He sent an angel to judge them for their sin of conducting a census. The Bible says 70,000 men of Israel fell because of that sin alone (I Chr. 21:1-17).
  • He sent them into captivity in Babylon for seventy years (Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah) and destroyed their city of Jerusalem.
  • Three times God destroyed the temple in Jerusalem which had become a symbol of their religion. At one time He even came down and sends packing all the traders from the Temple court for their dishonesty. (Matt. 21: 12, 13)
  • He withheld rain from falling for three and a half years because Isreal began to worship Baal. (I Kg. 17:1)
  • God made Isreal to plant but their enemies to reap the harvest (Jud. 6:13). And God put Isreal under oppressive nations like the Phillistines, the Medianites, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Romans, etc.
  1. God’s anger on the man that worked on the Sabbath day. The man was stoned to death. (Num. 15:32-36)
  2. God’s anger on Moses because he disobeyed God by not giving God the glory by the water of Meribar (Deut. 34:1-5).
  3. God’s anger kindled against King Saul. God took the kingship from Him because of Saul’s disobedience of God’s instructions (I Sam. 13:9-10); I Sam. 15:1-29) and King Saul and his three sons died in battle at Gilboa.
  4. God’s anger kindled against Judah’s sons Er and Onan because of their wickedness (Gen. 38:6-10) in not wanting an heir for their brother.
  5. God’s anger kindled against King David for his adultery and the murder of Uriah the Hittite (II Sam. 11; 12:1-14).
  6. God’s anger kindled against King Solomon for his many foreign wives and his worship of their gods (I King. 11:1-14). God divided the kingdom in two and gave ten tribes to Solomon’s enemy Jeroboam and two for Rehoboam his son.
  7. God’s anger kindled against Ananias and his wife Sapphira for lying and holding back part of the proceed of the sale of their property while pretending they have given all. (All 5:1-11).
  8. God’s anger kindled against King Herod for receiving honor that should have been given to God and for his wickedness (Acts 12:1-3; 20-23).
  9. God’s anger kindled against Saul later called Paul (Act 8:1; 9:1-16) as a result of his persecution of Christians. Saul suffered temporary blindness.
  10. God’s reserved anger against Satan, Satan’s followers, and unbelieving sinners, and those who teach the wrong doctrines by taking away or adding to the Bible. (Rev. 20:1-3; Jude 6; Rev 20:11-14; Rev 22: 18,19). Also check these passages (Matt. 25:41; Isi 5:14; Prov. 27:20; Matt. 25:46; Luke 16:23; Matt. 13:42, 50; Rev. 20:15; Rev. 14:10; Matt. 3:12; Isi 33:14; Mk. 9:44, 46, 48; Luke 16: 19-31).

If you are a sinner who have not come into grasp with your situation, I hope what you have read have made you to start thinking about your situation and where you want to spend eternity. For today is the Day of your Salvation. You may not see tomorrow. Many people end up or will end up in hell because they neglect the preaching. The Book of Hebrew (Heb. 2:3) states, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.”

Do you want to take your chances with your religion, with your work, with your political leaders, or church leader who is preaching the wrong message or do you want to reach out and grab the hand of the Lord Jesus that is reaching unto you right now? Jesus calls you to come to Him today and He will give you rest, feed you and quench your thirst and give you peace. Will you grab His hand or will you let Him go. Repent therefore, surrender your will and life to God and instead of judgement there are blessings for you.

Conclusion. I will conclude by using a passage from the Book of Proverbs which says (Prov. 15:24), “The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Join us next time for part 2: “Sinner In the Right Hand of a Merciful God”. To God be all the glory for He is the one that does all the work herein. God bless you and cause His face to shine upon you and be merciful unto you. God loves you dearly and cares for you. I love you too.

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