November 30, 2014
The True Nature of Sin
Some of the most helpful passages of Scripture are the ones that we often avoid. Passages that correct our thinking, that define a reality that we are loath to see, are the most helpful in helping us change into the image of Christ. It is to such a passage that we come today in Matthew 18: 6-9. Using short powerful descriptions, Jesus dispels our illusions about the nature of sin, by showing us that the eternal weight of sin is far more horrible than we realize.
Matthew 18:6-10 – “And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire. If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”