People suffer from sin

If Jesus paid the price for our sins, why should we suffer the consequences for our sins?



The Bible gives the good news that Jesus paid the price for our sin (Ephesians 1: 7), but in many ways we still suffer the consequences of our sins. For example, a drug dealer can become a Christian in prison, but that doesn't mean he will be released from prison the next day - he will still experience the aftermath of his past sin. A born again Christian who commits adultery can lose his family, career, etc. - even after confessing and renouncing his sin, the consequences of his sin remain. Coming to Christ does not erase them temporal Effects of sin off; rather, our salvation guarantees that we will not eternal Consequences of sin are exposed.

The consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23). As sinners, we deserve to be forever separated from God and His holiness. Christ paid the penalty for our sins on the cross with his own blood. He who knew no sin was made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). On the basis of Christ's perfect sacrifice, those who believe are no longer subject to God's condemnation (Romans 8: 1).

It is important to understand that the believer in Christ experiencing consequences for sin does this Not experiences because he is under God's condemnation (Romans 8,1), his anger (1 Thessalonians 5,9) or his retribution (2 Thessalonians 1,8). Believers are under the grace of God (Romans 6:15). Jesus took the wrath of God upon himself (Isaiah 53:10). The consequences of sin that believers still experience could be classified into one of these categories:

Universal consequences. Some of the consequences of sin are continually experienced by everyone on earth because we are all children of Adam. Weeds all over our gardens, we all face natural disasters, we all get sick and old, and we all eventually die physically (Romans 5:12). As a sinner living in a sinful world, one cannot escape these consequences of original sin.

Natural consequences. We live in a world of cause and effect in which the law of sowing and reaping operates in its entirety. Some of the consequences of sin are built in and virtually guaranteed whether the sinner is redeemed or not. The Bible warns that sexual immorality is a sin committed against one's body (1 Corinthians 6:18). "Can someone wear a fire under their robes without their clothes burning?" If you resist arrest, if you get caught, you have to face even more consequences: sowing and reaping.

Teaching consequences. It is very likely that God will allow some of the consequences of sin to remain in our lives to teach us the hideous nature of sin and to remind us to rely on God's grace. Sin is such a serious problem that God sent his Son into the world to die. We dare not take sin lightly. In the face of the consequences of sin, we show humility and seek God's kingdom and righteousness all the more (see Matthew 6:33). When Ananias and Sapphira were reprimanded for their sin, it was instructive for the Church: "And there was great fear over the whole church and over all who heard it" (Acts 5:11). See also 1 Corinthians 5: 5 and 1 Timothy 1:20.

Disciplinary consequences. Some of the consequences of sin are the result of God treating us as a father should treat his children. There is a difference between one punishment for sin and Discipline for sin. As children of God, we experience discipline that should lead us back on the right path. “My son, do not disregard the discipline of the Lord and do not despair when you are punished by him. For whom the Lord loves he disciplines, and he beats every son he accepts "(Hebrews 12: 5-6; cf. Proverbs 3: 11-12). Note how many of God's children are disciplined "All." that we may partake of his holiness ”(Hebrews 12:10).

The Corinthian church is an example of Christians who faced the disciplinary consequences of their sin: by participating in an unworthy manner at the Lord's table, they aroused God's displeasure: “That is why there are many weak and sick among you, and not a few asleep ”(1 Corinthians 11:30). We see similar disciplinary measures in 2 Samuel 12. Even after David confessed his sin and was forgiven, God allowed David and his household to face certain consequences (verses 11-14).

God lets us experience some of the temporal consequences of sin to show us his love. If God never reprimanded his lost children, he would not be a good father. If we were never disciplined or never faced the consequences of wrongdoing, we would never be able to tell wrong from right. We are more inclined to learn from our mistakes than from our successes.

Praise the Lord for his goodness. He lets us do that temporal Experiencing the consequences of sin (for our own good). But he got us before that eternal Consequences of sin saved. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so that we will never see the second death, which is the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14). Believers in Christ are promised that one day the curse and consequences of sin will be completely removed, and "there will be no wickedness or harm done in all my holy mountain" (Isaiah 11: 9).

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If Jesus paid the price for our sins, why should we suffer the consequences for our sins?
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