This is a two part series about different kinds of suffering:
The bible says that there are two kinds of suffering that we go through. One type is from God (and for our benefit – that is the topic of the next post) and the other type is not from God (which is this post).
If you are suffering, it is very likely that your suffering is not from God.
This is a fallen world. What does that mean? It means that when Adam and Eve munched on that fruit, they disobeyed God. Another word for disobedience is sin. And the bible says “all who sin will die”. Another bible verse says “the penalty of sin is death”. God wasn’t kidding when He said to Adam that if he (Adam) eats that fruit then death will be released into his (Adam’s) life and obviously to all his children… and that means it affects you and me.
The bible says that suffering is a consequence of sin and death.
… and suffering in their own bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was [their] fitting retribution. – Rom 1:27
What does it mean… a consequence? Well… imagine if no one ever sinned against you. There wouldn’t be rape, wouldn’t be porn, wouldn’t be trauma and abuse, wouldn’t be jealousy and violence and all the other sins that happen to us.
So sin and death is a part of the problem. But there is a second problem.
Our sin separates us from God. God is holy and He cannot interact with unholiness. If we lived in God’s Presence, His Presence would so comfort us and so pacify us, that we would not feel such intense loneliness and distress.
For whatever reason, when I look around me, I can clearly see people’s distress. Perhaps it’s because I have experienced so much of it myself and I recognize it in other people. I can clearly see the effects of evil, sin and death on the lives of people in this world.
Why would He show me this? Because it makes me determined to find a way for people to become free from sin and death through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. As I see people suffering the consequences of sin that has been done to them, I become determined to find out how people can become free from their past sorrows and distresses also through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. It is through His death that sin is dealt with in our lives.
As I spend time with people and see how we truly lack the comforting and stabilizing effect of God’s Presence… it makes me want to discover all I can about the truth about Christ’s resurrection to the right hand of God. It is in His ascension that we are made right with God.
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Rom 4:25
I can see the devil’s master plan when he tricked Adam and Eve. He knew God could not interact with His beloved creatures (that’s you and me!) if we were sinning. The devil never thought that someday “Somone would come and take away ALL the sin and in this way take away the power of death… and by removing the power of death, He would take away the power of the devil himself.
Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. – Heb 2:14-15
As the bible says… for sin shall NOT have dominion over you.
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. – Rom 6:14
It is extreme importance that you decide what exactly Jesus did for you when He died on the cross. His death is a free gift that can set you completely free from sin and death. I can help you decide what the bible says Jesus did for you… but although you can lead a horse to living water, you can’t make him drink. It is up to you to decide for yourself what exactly Jesus did for you on the cross.
I made several videos and have written hundreds of posts describing what Jesus did for you on His cross. It is up to you to buck the trend, to ignore contrary opinion, to stand away from the consensus view, to ignore modern cool and hip philosophy… and decide for yourself: did Jesus set you free from sin and death?
At first a rational person’s answer to this would be something between “huh?” and “I don’t know”. But after reading the bible… there remains only two answers. Yes He did do what the bible says that He did. Or. No He didn’t do what the bible says that He did.
To decide which one you believe… I have made many videos showing the OT promises of the Messiah to come and the NT scriptures saying what Jesus did as the Messiah. Read them and decide for yourself.
- Sample new covenant prayers
- A confession based on Jesus Christ
- Jesus… believe!
- What Jesus did for you: a visual bible study
May I encourage you to be like a child and simply believe. The essence of faith – both in the OT and the NT – is that God can do what God promised to do.
So in the OT when the Israelites grumbled, they were scared of the giants and they refused to believe that God can give them the land that He promised to give them. So He caused them to perish, they were not allowed to enter.
The only two who entered were the same two who said that God CAN give them victory over the giants. They believed that God CAN DO what He promised to do. They were permitted to go in.
Hebrews 4 says that this “rest” is available “today” if we will hear. Romans 4 says that the promise comes by faith. And faith is… believing that God CAN do what He promised to do.
What did God promise to do? Read the scriptures about the promised Messiah. Read what Jesus says about how He has cleansed His disciples simply by teaching them about Himself. Read about why Paul say over and over that we are freed from sin and we in fact are made “holy” – and because we are holy we can come into relationship with God as a child… we are a part of His family.
What remains is to decide… CAN GOD DO WHAT HE PROMISED TO DO… namely, to provide a Messiah that would conquer sin and death for us. That is the key. That is your faith.