Christ Preparing our Hearts 6

Be persuaded that your soul is far more valuable to you than the whole world and there are only two places (heaven and hell) that you will spend all eternity in.

While sinners are saved by grace alone, it is still true that the more the unconverted sin the greater their hell will be.

Deuteronomy 4:24 “For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

‘Tis the infinite almighty God himself that shall become the fire of the furnace exerting his infinite perfections that way. Jonathan Edwards

Another great error that sinners fall into is thinking that God loves them but hates their sin. This leads sinners into a great deception of finding comfort in sin and not seeking the Lord for a new heart. It is not sin that suffers the just wrath of God, but it is the soul of sinners that are under His wrath in hell. It is not the righteous acts of saved sinners that God has set His love upon, but the sinners themselves. While there is a place for making distinctions between the soul itself and sin in some way, we must know that it is the soul that sins. The Scriptures teach that it is the soul that sins that shall die.

There is no such thing as sin apart from a rational and moral being (a soul) that sins. An animal cannot sin because it is not rational or moral. An inanimate object cannot sin because it is not a rational or moral being. A rock can be used to attack and/or kill a human being and that is sin, but the sin is that of the moral and rational being that used the rock in a way to attack and/or kill. What is sin apart from a moral and rational being that sins? There is no real answer for that. It is true that Paul speaks of sin in the human being and of the power of sin, but that does not mean that there is such a thing as sin apart from the desire of a soul for sin. The power of sin is an attraction that a fallen human being has for sin or the enmity in the heart of a fallen human toward God. We can broaden the power of sin to include the devil and demons as well as they are rational and moral beings who tempt and deceive others to sin.

The danger of thinking that God loves me and yet hates my sin (though not all in our day thinks that God even hates sin) is that this would remove sin from us and leave us thinking that we may be converted when we are not. If God separates sin from the soul in some way, then we can deceive ourselves into thinking that our soul will indeed escape the wrath of God apart from a real conversion and having Christ Himself. It is like thinking that our acts make no difference in how God views the soul in one sense, or in another sense it is thinking that the soul has little to do with our acts.

Mark 7:20 And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.
21 “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. 23 “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”

Sin is of the heart first and foremost. It is out of the heart that evil thoughts come and it is out of the heart that external sins come as well. The things that proceed from the heart are what defile the whole person. What is needed, then, in order to be converted and live a holy life, is a new heart. What must happen for sin to be forgiven is for the soul to be forgiven of committing the sin. It is not sin that Christ paid a ransom price for, but it was for souls that He redeemed by His ransom. Christ did not die in the place of sin, but He died in the place of sinners who are sinners and so they sin.

The soul must look upon itself as vile and wretched from the inner man and that Christ must suffer and die for it. The soul must know that it does not just need just a moral reformation, but instead a new heart. Christ alone can teach a soul these things in the innermost being. A soul does not just need to know about these things, but the conviction for the sins of the soul must be from the depths of the soul. The soul did not sin without feelings, so its convictions for sin should be with some feeling as well. Christ called weary and heavy-laden sinners to Himself, which should teach us that those who feel the weight of their sins are those who come. He alone can teach us this.

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