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Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
A long, long time ago I was asked this question: "Can man sin against man or only against God?" And while I no longer post on that particular chat site, the question has come back on more than one occasion, so today I am going to try and answer it.
Can man sin against man or only against God? The quick and simple answer to that is, that you can only sin against God, not yur fellow man. Now, that you know the answer, let's look at the Scripture that makes the answer correct.
The Lord's prayer in Matthew 6:10-12 reads: "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Yet in Luke 11:3&4 it reads: "Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us."
Now in Matthew the word is debt and debtor and in Luke the words are sin and debtor. From Matthew we can conclude that man can be a debtor to God and man can be a debtor to another man, that God can forgive a debt and so can man forgive a debt. But, in Luke we see the words sin and debt, we see God forgiving sin and man forgiving debt.
Every once in a while the Scribes of the Sadducees and the Pharisees, said something that is good for our edification, regarding sin they said:
When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts; "Why doth this Man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?"
And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Which is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, "We never saw it on this fashion." (Mark 2:5-12 ACP/KJV)
The scribes, that would be the men who worked for the members of the Sanhedrin copying the Scriptures and making sure that not one dot or title was changed in any way, men who were experts on the law and Scriptures the way they were written. These Scribes said: " Who can forgive sins but God only?" and they are right, only God can forgive sin, so it is only against God that man can sin.
Let's take a minute to read all of the verses in the New Testament that have the word "sinned" in them, let's look closely and see who they are referring to as having sinned and against whom.
Saying, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed the Innocent Blood." And they said, "What is that to us? see thou to that." (Mt 27:4) Judas is saying that he has sinned against God by betraying Him.
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, (Lu 15:18) And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. (Lu 15:21) Here, in Luke 15, Jesus is using a parable, and while it may appear that He is talking about a man and his earthly father, it is all about a man and his Heavenly Father, that Jesus is making reference to.
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (John 9:3) Just before this Jesus' Apostles had asked Him who sinned causing this man to be blind, him or his parents. So the sin was obviously against God, for they realized that since he was born blind, it was God's will that he be blind. This was almost 2,000 years ago, today it is not so easy to look at a child born blind and wonder why God caused the child to be born blind. For today, unlike 2,000 years ago, mothers and fathers use so many drugs, both legal and illegal, that babies are born will all kinds of infirmities, not due to God's will, but due to the parents and even the grandparents use of legal and illegal drugs.
For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (Ro 2:12) Now, this looks to be confusing, and to a degree a bit ambiguous, but it isn't, not when you read it and think about it. Who gave the Israelites the law? God. So, whose rules are they? God's. So if the rules of the law are broken, who has the one who broke them offended? God. So, who is the offence of sin against ? God.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Ro 3:23) It is not all have sinned and come short of the glory of the President and Supreme Court, it is all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law). Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of Him that was to come. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. Why do we have death in the world? Because of sin. Who sinned? Adam. Who could Adam have sinned against other than God? No one, for there was only Adam, Eve and God and both Adam and Eve sinned, so it had to be against God. Now, notice this: For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. (Ro 5:12-16) So, who is the only man to ever walked the face of the earth who had no sin? Jesus. Who is Jesus? God. Who is totally without sin and can therefore forgive sins? God.
But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. (1Co 7:28a) Now I want you to follow this carefully. In this verse, what Paul is telling us is, that if you marry and then have sexual relations with the one you married, you have not sinned. And if you are a virgin when you get or got married, you have not sinned. So, by looking at that you can see that to have sexual relationships with anyone other than your married spouse is sin. Where did Paul and we get that from? The law. Who gave us the law? God. So if we break the rules of the law, who are we offending? God. So to break God's rules is to sin against who? God.
And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. (2Co 12:21). Look a the things Paul is going to bewail them over: "uncleanness, fornication, lasciviousness." So who gave us the rules and laws about "uncleanness, fornication, lasciviousness"? Was it not God? So when Paul goes, and comes down on them like a ton of bricks, who have they sinned against? Paul or God? Well certainly not Paul for Paul never preached his rules, and his gospel, he preached Christ' rules and Christ' gospel.
I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare: (2Co 13:2) As you read 2Co 13 on your own, you will find that what Paul is referring to here is a violation of believing in Christ, and that is the one sin that is unforgivable and has no chance of being forgiven once a person dies, for Jesus himself has told us: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
But with whom was He grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? (Heb 3:17) Want a better understanding of Hebrews 3:17? Read Numbers chapter thirty, and you will see that once again it was God who was offended.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; (2Pe 2:4) Who can an angel possibly sin against other than it's Creator, God? An angel can only sin against God and you need to read all of 2Pe 2.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1Jo 1:10) For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Scripture makes it very clear that you, I, and all of creation can only sin against God. We can offend other creations, we can be indebted to other creations, but we can only sin against God the Creator. And it is only God who can, and if approached correctly, will forgive our sin. For it is to give us the way to approach Him to have our sins forgiven that Jesus left His heavenly palace, came to earth, suffered and died.
And there is only one truly unforgivable sin, only one thing that God can not let us slide on, and that sin is to turn against Him, by rejecting the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus. Remember the very words of Jesus:
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto Him, "Rabbi, we know that Thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto Him, "How can these things be?" 10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (Jesus) should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that Light (Jesus) is come into the world, and men loved darkness (satan) rather than Light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3:1-21 ACP/KJV)
Guys, for the love of God, don't turn your back on Jesus. For I am convinced that there will come a day when He will get tired of waiting for you and turn His back on you. Use the search engine at ChristianPatriot.com/search.htm and put in: "A Michelangelo I am not' without the quotation marks and then put in "what must I do to be saved", without the quotation marks.
Let me close with this dire warning: it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Hebrews 9:27
Guys please take a minute to pray for my friend Stan Allen, Stan is undergoing a six hour operation today on his heart and lungs. Aks the Lord to be with Stan and his family and of course the doctor and his staff.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you all, amen.
Special long term daily Prayer Request
They are dong exactly what Jesus instructs all Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians to do, they are complying with:
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Please keep the three of them in your prayers and remember to pray for Don and Theresa too, imagine having three of your babies out in the world.
Thanks and the Lord bless you all ten fold,
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
Lord Jesus, please give women a love for their babies, from the moment of conception on, let them love them I pray Thee. Amen.
The Lord bless you all and may He heal Mel's eyes and Myra's ears. May You be with Colby as he is now out of boot camp and into Fleet Marine Corps, A Christian babe amongst many a wolf.
And Lord I ask You to bless those who bless me and mine tenfold for the blessing they are to me.
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The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
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