We Believe: Judgement For Sin

We continue our look at the Apostle's Creed with a topic nobody really likes to talk about... sin.
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Genesis 2:15-17

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Psalm 51:1-4

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.

Sermon Outline

Hard preaching makes soft hearts, and soft preaching makes hard hearts. - John MacArthur

God Sets The Standard

In the absence of God each ethical and legal system will be differentiated by the answer it crosses to give the to one key question: who among us ought to be able to declare “law” that ought to be obeyed? ... Either God exists or He does not, but if He does not, nothing and no one else can take His place. - Tim Leff

The revealed will of God creates the foundation for law-breaking and guilt and law keeping and righteousness, and court and judge, and justification and condemnation. All of these great things rest on one assumption: there is law. - John Piper

All Have Sinned

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, - Romans 3:23

10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. - James 2:10

Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law - resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation. - New City Catechism

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned - Romans 5:12

Judgement For Sin

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. - Genesis 1:31

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. - Ephesians 2:1-3


23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished - Romans 3:23-25

4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. - Ephesians 2:4-5

Discussion Questions

  1. How can we as a church and as Christians balance talking about sin (and judgment) and forgiveness (and grace)? Do we focus on one more than the other?
  2. Some people say they don't like the "OT God" because He is full of wrath, and prefer the "NT God" because He is full of love. How would you respond to that person? Does God change from the OT to the NT?
  3. Read Psalm 51:1-4. David says, "against you, you only, have I sinned" (verse 4) in reference to God. What does he mean?
  4. Is it possible for someone to grasp the full reality of salvation as offered in the gospel without understanding the full weight of sin? Why or why not?
  5. Many have asked the question, "why must sin be punished?" How would you answer that question biblically?
  6. What is something the Lord has been teaching you this week?