Grace and Sin – Part 2
8th August 2015 Radio Message by Pastor Isaac Peter Oyako
The issue of God’s Grace and sin in a believer (a saint) is a point of confusion to many people in the church today. It has caused unnecessary division and misunderstanding among brethren in the body of Christ. Many people are in a dilemma. Because of this, I have dedicated four weeks of teaching in a series on Radio program about Grace and Sin. Today is the second in the series. As usual my basis of teaching is on Scripture.
Last Saturday I tackled the genesis of both Sin and Grace. I said that Sin begun in the Garden of Eden when the first couple went against the instruction given to them by God. As a result of disobedience, man died and was separated from God as follows:
(i) Losing his relationship and fellowship with God-He was thrown out from the Garden of Eden
(ii) Losing his dominion – Position of rulership slipped over to the devil
(iii) Losing righteousness – He became naturally prone to evil, nakedness and shame.
To sum these up, though man still lived physically and propagated, He was spiritually dead and separate from God. This implied that the destination of man was the same as the destination of the rebellious Angels (Satan and demons); that is the lake of fire.
For man to be restored to God’s intended purpose for man, reconciliation was the prerequisite. The reconciliation must take place without undermining any of God’s “Character” and Man’s nature as an “image” of God.
(i) Merciful and Compassionate; God tenderhearted Father
(ii) God of Justice – accurate judgment
(iii) Holy and flawless God
Man in the image of God:
(i) Man has a will-power for choice
(ii) Man has intellect – mind power to assess and articulate issues
(iii) Emotions- feelings
God’s Grace: The Reconciliation process was initiated by God through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. He came to pay for human Sin and Satisfy God’s Justice.
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