Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #66
I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”
Let’s start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is John 17:3 which reads: “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.”
Today’s words from a theologian are from J. I. Packer. He said: “All my knowledge of God depends on His sustained initiative in knowing me.”
Our topic for today is titled “What Is Sin?” from “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron.
Dr. Daryl Aaron writes…
Disobeying God (Part 2)
So the biblical emphasis is not “we are sinners because we sin,” but rather “we sin because we are sinners.” It all begins with our fallen nature, what the Bible calls our “flesh” or, as the NIV renders the term, “sinful nature”. My problem is not my sin; my problem is me! It is fundamentally who I am, not what I do. I have an inclination, a propensity, a “default setting” for sin.
This is why it is possible for God to assess “good” things as evil. Jesus strongly condemned the Pharisees for giving money to the poor, praying, and fasting—all good things in and of themselves. Why did Jesus condemn them? Because their motives were corrupt: They wanted the recognition and praise of people, not the glory of God. Paul wrote, “Everything that does not come from faith is sin”. For our actions to be pleasing to God, to glorify Him, we must do them in dependence upon Him.
Further, that is why sinful acts are not only bad things we do (sins of commission) but also good things we do not do (sins of omission). Regarding the latter, James 4:17 says that if anyone “knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”
Let’s Pray —
Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that while it is important to engage in the study of God, it is far more important that you have a relationship with God. I fear that there are a lot of people who will die knowing a lot about God, but not really knowing God. You don’t want to be one of those people.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.
May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.