VICTORY OVER SIN AND TEMPTATION

Final Comment

In the Bible we read, “There is none righteous, no not one ..... for all have sinned” (Rom. 3:10,23). And to all sinners the Bible threatens an unimaginably horrible punishment, that is inevitable, certain, and without appeal or end (Psalm 76:7, Nahum 1:6-9, Matt. 25:46, Luke 16:26, II Thess. 1:9).

So, whether we recognize it or not, whether we want to recognize it or not, the Bible declares that we are sinners. But that is good news. Because Jesus said, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matt. 9:13). Even though sinners are in danger of punishment, it does not have to be that way. There is hope for sinners, as we read in I Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

The Bible is a good friend because it tells us the truth about ourselves. And the Bible is a good comforter because it tells us of God’s promised Savior. The Bible’s call goes out to the sinners of the world,

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Prov. 28:13

“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:6,7

For all who have been forgiven, the Bible declares in Psalm 103:1-22,

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.”

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