Thursday, July 7, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 July 7

And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
(Mark 2:1-11)

Today’s Morsel: In today’s world, many, and even many in the church, have lost focus of sin.  We don’t hear much about calling people a sinner or explaining to them what sin really is any more. People seem to be afraid of addressing the sin issue.  And when some do, to justify their comment, for fear of offending, they say, “We are all sinners.”  Well, if that is the case, then who is saved if we are all sinners?  Do we not teach that Acts 2:38 is for the remission of sins? Do we not teach that God will not dwell in an unclean temple?  So if we are all still sinners, then Jesus died for nothing.  Paul said that you who were dead in your trespasses and sins hath He quickenth together with Him (Ephesian 2:1), and in Romans 6:1 he said that we should not continue in sin, because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).  When Jesus forgave men and women of their sins in the Bible, He told them to go and to sin no more.  So once we have been forgiven of our sins, if we continue to sin, then a worse thing can happen to us. As Jesus told the man he healed at the pool of Bethesda. Go and sin no more lest a worse thing happen to you (John 5:1-10). Friend, if your sins have been forgiven, and you have been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, then don’t tell people that you are still a sinner, it will destroy your witness and discredit Jesus.  We were sinners, but now are we children of God.  He has washed our sins away!

Sing:  I came to Jesus weary, worn, and sad, He took my sins away, He took my sins away.  And now His love has made my heart so glad, He took my sins away.
He took my sins away, He took my sins away, and keeps me singing every day! I’m so glad He took my sins away, He took my sins away.

Thought For Today: The remedy for sin is Jesus (Parker)

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