Thursday, June 02, 2011


God’s goodness provided everything for David.
“I anointed you king of Israel, I saved you from Saul’s clutches, I gave you your master’s household and your master’s wives into your arms; I gave you the House of Israel and House of Judah; and, if this is still too little, I shall give you other things as well.” (2 Samuel 12: 7 – 8)
Sin is contempt of God.
Mystery of sin – the forbidden fruit
“Why did you show contempt for Yahweh by doing what displeases him?” (2 Samuel 7:9)
Sin and punishment
“Your household will never be free of the sword, since you showed contempt for me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite, to make her your wife.” (2 Samuel 12: 10)
Sin and restitution
“He shall make fourfold restitution for the lamb.” (2 Samuel 12:6)
Sin and repentance
“I have sinned against Yahweh.” (2 Samuel 12: 13)
Sin and forgiveness
“Yahweh for his part, forgives your sin; you are not to die.” (2Samuel 12: 14)
The temptation and fall of David took place after the Prophet Nathan’s prophecy about God’s plan for David and his lineage in 2 Samuel 7: 1 – 7. David who resisted the temptation to avenge himself on Saul when he had the opportunity to kill him easily fell to the temptation of adultery. It shows that every person has his weakness. Without God, we are nothing.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Spirit and Human Nature

“This was so that the Law’s requirements might be fully satisfied in us as we direct our lives not by our natural inclinations but by the spirit. Those who are living by their natural inclinations have their minds on the things human nature desires; those who live in the spirit have their minds on spiritual things. And human nature has nothing to look forward to but death, while the spirit looks forward to life and peace, because the outlook of disordered human nature is opposed to God, since it does not submit to God’s law, and indeed it cannot, and those who live by their natural inclinations can never be pleasing to God.” (Romans 8: 4-8)
There are two ways to live:
• Natural inclinations
• Spirit
When we live by our natural inclinations, we work to satisfy the desires of human nature. Since the flesh has nothing to offer, there is nothing to look forward to from human nature than death. On the contrary, when we live by the spirit, our mind is set on spiritual things and we look forward to life and peace.
The man of lawlessness does not submit to the laws of God. His outlook on life is disordered and is opposed to God. We look at society today and ask the question: How many people fit this description?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Two Spirits and 2 Outcomes

“Thus, condemnation will never come to those who are in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit which gives life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8: 1-2)
If one is in Christ Jesus, then he is a new creation. The Spirit of life lives in him. The Spirit of life produces effortlessly in him works of righteousness. But he who is not in Christ Jesus is still living the life of the old man. He operates under the law of sin and death which are the consequences of the spirit that dwells in him. This fellow will come under condemnation. But if he renounces his sins and asks Jesus to save him, Jesus will come to him and bind the spirit of sin and death in him and in its place give him the Spirit of life. He is declared righteous and will no longer be under condemnation.