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Monday, April 9, 2012

Our Christian Bible - 3

Divine Judgment for Sin and Disobedience in the Bible:

Scripture repeatedly deals with the matter of man's sin, which leads to divine judgment. Account after account in Scripture demonstrates the deadly effects in time and eternity of violating God's standard. There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible. Only four of them don't involve a fallen world: The first two and the last two - before the Fall and after the creation of the new heaven and new earth. The rest is the chronicle of the tragedy of sin.

In the Old Testament, God showed the disaster of sin - starting with Adam and Eve, to Cain and Abel, the patriarchs, Moses and Israel, the kings priests, some prophets, and Gentile nations. Throughout the Old Testament is the relentless record of continual devastation produced by sin and disobedience to God's law.

In the New Testament, the tragedy of sin becomes more clear. The preaching and teaching of Jesus and the apostles begin and end with a call to repentance. Herod, the Jewish leaders, and the nation of Israel - along with Pilate, Rome, and the rest of the world - all reject the Lord Jesus, spurn the truth of God, and thus condemn themselves. The chronicle of sin continues unabated to the end of the age and the return of Christ in judgment. In the New Testament, disobedience is even more flagrant than Old Testament disobedience because it involves the rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ in the brighter light of New Testament truth.

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