I really liked today’s study – Selwyn talks about some really important issues.
I’ll quote a lot of his study – mainly, because it’s just so good.
He writes: “We remind ourselves that the reason God, asked Eve the question ‘What is this you have done?’ was not to condemn but to help Eve deal with the reality of her predicament and to lead her to confession, and through that to forgiveness and back into fellowship with God. …
We live in a moral universe where we can choose to obey or disobey. When we obey we get results; when we disobey we get consequences. Breaking with God’s moral laws exposes us to real guilt, not self-remorse; real wrath, not simply self-reproach. But the cross answers this perfectly by the forgiveness and non-condemnation it provides. We need not shift the blame to others but can face our culpability and confess our sin, as Jesus has paid the price. …
The best thing God has done about sin is to provide forgiveness for it. The best thing we can do about sin is to admit it and confess it.”
We should keep in mind that not everyone can react in the same way as the prodigal son; to turn back to the Father and to seek forgiveness. Those who actively hate God – as demonstrated by their actions – develop depraved minds and lose the ability to see their sinfulness – they become blind to the spiritual aspects of their short lives.
In Romans 1:24-32, we read Paul’s words on what happens when people permanently walk away from fellowship with God. ” … God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
Do you agree that these words are reflected in the faces of many in the ‘western’ world?