SPEAKING OF MESSES—THE BIGGEST "MESS" OF ALL
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
A lot of Americans are in a mess right now because politically, economically, socially and spiritually, etc. our country is in a mess. But the greatest “mess” any individual could possibly be in, is the one that every human being is born into, and that is the “mess” known as sin. Sin is a spiritual state, the condition that separates mankind from a holy God. David was referring to this and spoke for everyone who has ever lived other than Jesus Christ, when he wrote, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Ps. 51:5). God wants us to know our condition and tells us that we are “estranged from the womb” (Ps. 58:3) in terms of our having any relationship with Him. The whole world, all that is called “nature” is under the curse of sin as well (Rom. 5:12; 1 John 5:19).
Sin is the explanation for the mess we are in; a mess we come into when we are born. The worst part of this sin mess is that unless we get out of it and cleaned up sufficiently to satisfy God before we die, we are going to have to suffer forever under the penalty that is on sin. That penalty is death, which includes both a physical death and what the Bible calls the “second death” which is eternal separation from God in hell. (See Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:14).
There are various ways whereby a country or an individual can get out of messes that are physical, financial, domestic or legal, etc. But there is only one solution for and escape from the mess of sin that they are in. We can’t get ourselves out of this mess and nobody else on earth can get us out of it because of the sinful condition that we and everybody else are in. We need Somebody who is both able and willing to get us out of this mess and clean us up sufficiently to satisfy God before we die so that we can be welcomed by Him as one of His children and live with Him eternally.
God has provided Somebody who can save us from the spiritual mess we are in. “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” He has a name, of which the Bible says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (John 3:16; Acts 4:12). This name, for obvious reasons, we are told “is a name which is above every name,” and this name is, “the name of Jesus” (Phil. 2:9).
Jesus is able to clean us up because He has provided the only cleansing agent for sin there is: His own sinless blood that he shed on the cross at Calvary. And, those He cleans up are made just as clean and as sanctified as He is Himself, which makes us altogether acceptable to God.
“In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and
to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.”—Zech. 13:1
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten
of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved
us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”—Rev. 1:5
“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved
from wrath through him.”—Rev. 5:9
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins
be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like
crimson, they shall be as wool.”—Isa. 1:18
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in him.”—1 Cor. 5:21
Furthermore, in Christ, we have Someone Who can not only clean us up from our sin but Someone who has paid the penalty for our sin, the sin debt we owed, through the sacrifice of Himself and His substitutionary death on the cross. Those He saves have no reason to ever fear hell or the second death.
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that
he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened
by the Spirit.”—1 Pet. 3:18
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”—Rom. 8:1
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto
God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”—Heb. 7:25
It’s good to know that there is Someone who is able to save us from the from the mess of sin that we are in, but it’s just as important to know that this one and only “Someone” is also willing and wants to save us. If people do not receive the saving hand of Jesus Christ that is extended to them to bring them out of their sin condition and out from under its eternal consequences, it isn’t because of any unwillingness on His part to do it. It is because, and will be because, of their own unwillingness to receive his offer of salvation.
“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not
is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God.—John 3:18
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”—2 Pet. 3:9
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of
God, even to them that believe on his name:”—John 1:18
Are you still. in the same mess of sin that you were in when you came into this world? That needs to change before you leave this world if you want to go to heaven rather than go to hell when you dies. It can change if you will receive the Savior and the salvation that God offers you in Jesus Christ. (Please like, share and subscribe).
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."