THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 9-16-12
LESSON TITLE; “BORN IN SIN.”
Welcome to the Living Word Program on this wondrous Lord’s Day morning. It is always an honor and privilege to have you with us. We are thankful you have chosen to be with us as we commit this time to the things of God.
It is our hope and prayer this morning that we may each participate and do our part to make this time acceptable before Him and according to His Word. Now let’s begin by talking to God through prayer!
Well it’s time to lift up our voices before the throne of God in song. Furthermore, I hope you are encouraged by our newly taped songs. So, won’t you join in with the congregation at this time as we sing together, “Savior Lead Me.”
(SONG # 1)
Some of the most exciting times in life are when we are rewarded for something we have done well or accomplished. Often we are given trophies, medals or even certificates, which all acknowledge our achievements, and honor us for a job well done.
I think this is the same idea we are reminded of in Jude 1:20-21, where we read, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Here we see that we are doing certain things, “unto eternal life.” You see we have a reward coming for a job well done. We have the ultimate gift awaiting us of eternal existence with God, forever and ever!
However, if you also notice in these verses, there are things to do in order to receive the reward of eternal life! Let’s face it, is anything in life really free? Don’t we have to do something for anything that we get? Anything in life that is worthwhile, that makes a difference or improves us - takes a lot of time, effort and usually money! So, why would it be any different in Christianity?
Notice back in our text where Jude clarifies for us some of the things necessary for eternal life! First he mentions the need to “build ourselves up in the most Holy faith!” Faith is very important to one who is following God. In fact, in Hebrews 11:6, we find that without faith it is impossible to please God. James further helps us to understand faith by stating that “faith without works is dead,” James 2:26. Faith is necessary to receive eternal life!
The second thing mentioned in verse 20, is prayer. Prayer is such an important part of the Christians life, because it is the avenue by which we are able to talk to our God! In prayer we can praise God, thank Him and ask Him for what we have need of. Good communication with God is necessary to receive eternal life!
Love is the next thing brought to our attention in relationship to our reward. How important is love, well, as we see here it is necessary to receive eternal life. Isn’t that why Jesus said that the first and greatest commandment is to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,” Matthew 22:37-38. Furthermore, Paul said, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love,” 1 Corinthians 13:13. So, you tell me, is love necessary?
Finally, we see that we are to “look for mercy.” How wonderful it is to know that God is merciful and forgiving. In fact, mercy is one of the very reasons that God has done so much for us to make sure that we can achieve our reward. Without God’s mercy we would not receive eternal life!
Are you living for God in such a way that you know the reward is waiting, prepared for you? Isn’t eternal life worth the effort?
This morning, we will continue with our series called, “Teaching As Doctrine The Commandments Of Men!” Our specific topic today will focus on man’s teaching concerning being, “Born In Sin.” So, please continue with us this morning and after our next song together I will return with this study from God’s Word. The name of our next hymn is, “Seeking The Lost!”
(SONG # 2)
By Ray Sullins
Thank you so much for continuing with us today as we now go into God’s word once again and consider another important lesson in relationship to our lives as Christians and where we stand in the word of God. I want you to think this morning with me as we begin about one of the most precious moments probably that many of us have experienced in life. It is a beautiful moment because when we have that first child how exciting it is to know that you, as well as your wife, played an important part and role in bringing forth life because of the great blessing that God has bestowed upon us. And how precious that life is as you take that little baby in your arms and you see it there and breathing abilities as well as abilities to move and cry, it’s just exciting to see how life comes to pass in fruition. But one of the first things that you begin to notice as a new parent or even as a parent at all is the fact that, that life is so innocent that it has no idea what is going on in many ways. It is not able to take care of itself, it is not able to say that it needs this or that, or if it is hungry, or if it’s wet and all of those things again should remind us of the innocence of a new born baby. Yet, many in the religious world today will cry out that every child and every infant when it comes forth from the womb is born in sin. Is that really what the Bible teaches? Is it really what the Bible teaches concerning not only one being born but one being born in a sinful state? I mean how many sins did you see your toddler commit in a very purposeful way, in other words, a deceptive way or an evil way? How many times do you know that they went against the will of God intently and on purpose because they chose not to follow God?
I want you to notice a few things with me today in relationship what many people gain from the text found there in Psalm 51:5, David makes this statement this is great King David in certainly relationship to the many sins that he had in his life including that of what he had done with Bathsheba. But there in verse 5 he says, “Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Behold you desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.” You know, what I find significant here is that as you read it, it really doesn’t seem to be saying anything about the sin of David at all. You know I have had individuals go here and I’ve had individuals take me here and they say, ‘See David sinned, David was in sin.’ Well, what does David say? David actually says he was brought forth in sin and then he clarifies that in sin His mother conceived Him. What is true ever since the garden? Well, sin has existed. And is it not true that, that same beautiful new life as we bring it into the world is surrounded by what? Sin, evil, and wickedness. Then the question I ask is that because of the world and its wickedness and evilness or is that because of the infant? In other words is the infant the one bringing the sin into the world or is it the wickedness of man that has brought the sin into the world.
I love how it is spoke there in Genesis 1 because we go back in creation and we find even there in chapter 1 when it says we are made in the image of God. That Adam and Eve were made in the likeness of their creator not just the likeness of the Father but He says let us make man in the likeness of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. What likeness? Well we know God is not flesh and blood He’s a spirit, John 4:24. We know that Heaven is not made up of flesh and blood, 1Corinthians 15. So God is a spirit so in what likeness am I born in and of God? The spiritual likeness. So you mean to tell me that when a baby is born, created by God, and born in the likeness of God that God’s likeness is sin? That God’s desire is sin? You mean when God created me and when he made the spirit and the flesh and he made the Spirit in His likeness, and He made the flesh from the things of this earth. Do you mean to tell me that God purposely created me evil, and wicked, and sinful? Does that even make sense? Does that even make sense when we think about what the Bible says in relationship again to sin and what it says in relationship to children? Even with the first man and woman after they sinned and that’s what many will say, ‘Well, it is not until Adam sinned.’ Do you remember what happened to the garden? They were naked and they weren’t ashamed there in chapter 2 but in chapter 3 after they sinned they saw their nakedness because then good and evil were know to him. What is it that made Him know the difference between good and evil, their sin? You mean somebody has to know what good and evil is? Well, certainly. Does and infant know that, does a child really know clearly the idea or concept between good and evil? Are they able to completely discern and know that here is what God wants me to do and here is what God doesn’t want me to do? Think about the sons of Adam and Eve there, Cain and Abel, don’t you find it interesting that after we see them born in chapter 4 that around verses 3 and 4 it says that in the “process of time” they brought offerings to the Lord. What does that tell us? It tells us that as children, as boys, as infants they didn’t have to bring offerings before the Lord. Their parents would have but they didn’t, why? Because they had not yet become of the age of accountability, they were not yet those who knew and were able to discern enough between good and evil to make proper judgment and that’s why they were still under their parents and they were being told do this, do that, or don’t do this, or don’t do that. Why? Because a child, an infant a child, needs instruction and that’s why it is in the home until it leaves its Father and Mother and begins to do what, discern and make judgments and to know God itself and to follow God.
I also want you to notice with me how silly this concept is in relationship to what the Bible says as the definition of sin. For instance look with me there in 1John 3:4 it actually says, “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” Now you mean to tell me that sin is actually breaking God’s law? Yes. So let me ask you the question again, when did that infant, that new born child, when did it break the law of God and why is it held guilty for something it has not yet done? Is that the way sin works? Do we really have to bear the sin of others? No we might bear consequences of the sins of others but we do not bear the sins of others. Even in the description and the ideology of sin it is clearly told to us in fact there in 1John 5 again but there in chapter 5 rather than chapter 3 notice with me what verse 17 says, “All unrighteousness is sin…” What is sin? Unrighteousness. You mean sin is identified as those things which are unrighteous? What is unrighteous about that new born child, about that infant, about that toddler, about that child who yet is still unable to discern between good and evil and needs a mom or a dad to discipline them and keep them in line? Do you begin to see where we are going in relationship to what the Bible says, what God says, not what man thinks, or what man wants, or what man has conceived but what the Bible says. Do you remember what James clarifies for us about sin? He beings to talk about temptation there in James 1 but then he very interestingly there tells us when sin begins and in verse 14 he says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” What lusts or desire would you indicate to me that an infant or a newborn or a child would have? What kind of lust are they involved in? Go to the next verse there it says they are drawn away by their own desires and enticed and when they allow these desires to conceive verse 15 that’s when sin takes place. So when is the last time again I ask that you saw that infant or that toddler or that child engage in desires, sinful desires, therefore to go against the will of God? All unrighteousness is sin, all lawlessness, all godlessness is sin. So, again as we look at what the Bible says David in, Psalm 51, was talking about the fact that I’m born as all men have been born in a world of sin in a world that as I grow up am going to be tempted and affected. David was the righteous man but yet what did he face throughout life? Temptation after temptation. What did he do? He sinned often as we find even in the text he was always penitent; he always got back on his feet and asked God’s forgiveness, and began to live the right way. But David knew that there was sin everywhere around him and therefore he says I was born in sin and in sin my mother conceived me, it was all around me, and it was grabbing at me from the moment I was born trying to take me away from God.
There are a few other issues we might think about in connection to the fact that God created us in His image in His likeness, that he created us also in His spiritual image. The fact is what is the image of sin about? Is sin about God or from God or is sin about Satan? I like the verse there in John 8:44, do you remember there when it talks about Satan and it says they were of their father Satan. Now the last thing I can think about when I hold that new born baby in my arm is that this is a child of Satan. Do you understand that is what people are saying when someone actually brings a child into the world and says this child is born in sin and is a sinner, it is a child of Satan from the womb, is that what the Bible teaches? Or is born in the image of God, a child of God, born into a world of sin because of what Adam and Eve did and therefore sin brings about death even as Romans clarifies for us. That’s what Adam did, that’s what Eve did, that’s what they brought about the reality of death because of sin and the fact that sin would be on every side trying to bring us down.
There are some other texts I think significant as we consider these issues throughout the Old Testament. I like the way that the wisest man that ever lived put it there in the book of Ecclesiastes. You might recall there in chapter 12:7 when he talks about the fact when one dies that the dust will return to the earth as it was but then it says and the spirit will return to God who gave it. Who gave us the spirit? Who made man? Who created us in His own image? God. It returns to God that when an infant is born it has the spirit of God. How could it be born in sin? Well, it obviously can’t. Even Isaiah the great man there in chapter 7 talks about the fact that a child has to begin to know something, in fact in verse 15 it actually begins to talk about the need there was to begin choosing good and bad. Then it says in verse 16 this, “For before the child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good…” He’s going to do what? He’s going to have to understand what they are. How can a new born or an infant or a child understand what good and evil are until they have experienced and learned about it and know what they are to do by God? How can they really respond until they know that will of God? Was it not Paul who said there in 1Corinthians 13, when I was a child he says I spoke as a child, I did things as a child and I put away childish things. Why? Because of the innocence. No wonder Jesus there in Matthew 18 called the little children to Him and then He says if you want to be the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven you be like these children, you be humble, you be innocent, you be pure, you be those who rely on God because without God you cannot properly discern and you cannot properly follow those things that are according to what He would desire. On and on we could go in relationship to the beauty, the beauty of God’s creation man and how that we are again made to be those who in the image of God live our lives in a proper and wondrous way.
But I’d like to end here in the last minute or so in trying to help you also to see that how that even within salvation these things are true. When you go to the Bible where do you read the verse that says a child is born in sin? Secondly, where do you even have one example of a child who needs to be converted, or a child who is baptized, or a child who needs to become a Christian? Now on the other side of the coin, I would ask you to tell me throughout the New Testament in the book of Acts who was it that was being converted? Children, Infants? Were they going around saying, ‘Hey it’s too late for all you older folks, we have got to save the little children.’? What were they doing? Everyone in the book of Acts, I challenge you to study this look it up, every conversion in the book of Acts always was by and individual or an adult of the age of accountability so that they would be able to not only have by faith belief in Jesus Christ, make the confession, acknowledge sin and turn away from that sin, but also then by faith be able to be baptized in His sight. Is that not true? Well, certainly it is and therefore we understand that the idea that an infant is born in sin is the teachings of men. It’s an old teaching of man that certainly has been wrong from the beginning that was not there in the beginning but became hundreds of years after the establishment of the church. Today will we stand with God or man? Will we realize that sin is something that those who commit it are guilty of? And will do the will of God so that we might receive the end results of Heaven?
(SONG # 3 - “Send The Light!”)
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