THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR ACTIONS! by Earl Sutton

 

In 1996 a grain ship, “Bright Field,” was heading down the Mississippi River near New Orleans, when it lost control, veered toward the shore and crashed into a riverside shopping mall. The impact demolished parts of the wharf and injured 116 people. According to the Coast Guard investigation, the ship’s owner and crew had failed to repair long-standing engine problems. This is a clear example of not doing what you should do and receiving the consequences of bad decisions.

            The Devil deceived Eve into thinking that there would be no consequences for eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1-7). God said, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, ye shall not eat of it lest ye die” (v.3) The Devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” (v.4) Eve dilly-dallied with the temptation and contemplated the possibilities that the Devil had suggested and threw away all restrain and ate the fruit!  Why?  The Devil deceived her into thinking that there would be no consequences for sin.

            The Devil continues to lie to us today and tells our society that a little sin won’t hurt, a little indulgence is not a problem, a little transgression will never hurt anybody! The Devil tells us that we are only human and go ahead and enjoy sin. The Bible says, “The way of the transgressor is hard.” ( Prov. 13:15)

            Our society believes that it can live in disobedience to God’s will by practicing homosexuality and never suffer the consequences. The scriptures teach that there will be consequences for our actions. “Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth unto the spirit shall of the spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:7-8) This basic principle applies to the physical world and spiritual realm as well. The word, “mocked” is a Greek word (mukterizete:) which means to turn one’s nose up at God. The point is that if a person sows to the flesh (homosexuality and sinful living) and turns up his nose at God, he shall go the way of all flesh, -- die and face the judgment of God where there will be consequences. (reap destruction – Gal. 6:8)

The scriptures emphasize the consequences of sin in other verses. Ezekiel said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ez. 18:4) Paul said, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23)  Over and over, again and again, the Bible under all circumstances, emphasizes that we reap what we sow and that sin is always followed by consequences.

            There is rebellion in the hearts and in the behavior of many people in our society today. In view of the fact that sin will always have consequences, what can we predict for the future? According to the basic law of sowing and reaping, the answer can best be given in the words of the prophet Hosea, “They sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind.” (Hos. 8:7) There is one time of sowing (while alive), and there will be two times of reaping. We reap in this life and also reap beyond this life in the hereafter. Sin brings forth its consequences both here and hereafter.

            People may do things without realizing the consequences of their actions, but one day there is going to be an accounting! (Rev. 21:8)                                                                                                                                                                                           

WHO IS GOD? by Earl Sutton

Actor Morgan Freeman, on the History Channel, asked this question, “Who is God?” He plans to travel all over the world to find the answer to this question. We can look throughout the world and see the many marvelous parts of God’s creation. Will Mr. Freeman acknowledge God by His creation? The other way to find God is in the Bible.

            Fifty years ago, Time Magazine ran the controversial story, “Is God Dead?” Readers responded with a loud “No” to their blasphemous story.

            To understand the true God, it is necessary to examine His characteristics in His word (Bible) to fully paint the correct picture of God. How does deity manifest Himself in our world? What is the mode or manner, of His operations? How many Gods are there?

            The scriptures affirm only one true God, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one” (Deut. 6:4).

            We are also told in the scriptures that the Godhead consists of three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Col. 2:9). How is it possible that there is but one God, yet three persons in the Godhead? The answer is that the word God (Hebrew word “Elohim”) is the name of the divine nature which three persons possess.

            Evidence of plurality in the Godhead is found in the earliest portions of the Bible. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). We note here that it was God who thus spoke, but who is alluded to by the plural pronouns us and our. All the members of the Godhead are included in the word God of this passage.

            The first person of the Godhead, the Father, is unseen and unapproachable by man. “No man hath seen God at anytime” (John 1:18). From the time of the tragic event in Eden with the sin of Adam and Eve, God has not allowed sinful man to approach Him directly. Since that event, there has been intermediaries between God and man as a mediator. Jesus Christ serves as our mediator between God and man (I Tim. 2:5).

            How can you really know a Being whom you can neither see nor draw near to? Consequently, in the fullness of time, God sent His son into the world for the purpose of revealing God to man. The Bible says that God is not the author of confusion (I Cor. 14:23), and He leaves us clues throughout His word about how He should be viewed if one is willing to look.

            Broadly speaking, there are two great classes of people in the world: (1) There are those who believe that God is the eternal, self-existent, vitalizing force of the universe. A personality who has created and who intelligently directs all things. A divine being who is the first cause,  life inherent and creator of all things (Gen. 1:1). (2) There are others who think that the universe and man are accidents, that we didn’t come from anywhere; and we are not going anywhere. This evolutionist view cannot be considered a fact, because it is based on a number of non-provable assumptions.

            Every objection to believing in God lies with equal force in being atheist. One of the most effective arguments for the existence of God is the cosmological arguments-- what caused theuniverse? The Big Bang theory is contradictory to basic laws of physics that in the beginning there was nothing which exploded!

            Another effective argument for God’s existence is the cause and effect argument. The Bible says, “Every house is builded by some man: but He that built all things is God” (Heb. 3:4).

            How wonderful to know that there is one God, and we can communicate with Him through Christ. You and I will one day stand before Him-- Are you ready? (Heb. 9:27)