Because of sin against God, humans are separated from Him and will remain lost forever, unless we are restored by His mercy and grace, out of His loving-kindness. The power of God reconciles all who will receive His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the gospel at work, bringing salvation to the lost.
There is a difference between “sin” and “sins”. “Sin” is like a poison in our bloodstream; it is our nature. “Sins” are like boils that break out on the skin’s surface; they are the effect of poison in the bloodstream. Humans do not have the power to deal with either.
When a person trusts Christ and is saved, he is forgiven and delivered from sin’s penalty (living in darkness). But sins (the results of his past sin nature) are still there, trying to exert themselves over his life. That is why a saved person needs a continual relationship with Christ – in order to draw on the power of the gospel for victory over sins.
The Roman idea of power was a sharp sword, a long spear, and yokes of iron on their enemy’s necks. They viewed Paul as a poor, insignificant Jew with a head full of nonsense about a Jewish teacher and carpenter who had been put to death years before for proclaiming a God of love. But Paul knew the power of God and was not ashamed to proclaim it.
The gospel Paul preached lifted the little rock hill called Calvary higher than the royal homes and temples of Palestine. And two thousand years later, the fact remains: wherever Christianity has ever gone, it has given victory and freedom to the people who believe and practice it.
Choate Baptist Church is located at 6355 State Hwy 239, just 8 miles southeast of Kenedy. We welcome you to join us on Sundays for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Evening Worship at 7 p.m., and on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can also be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.