What Will Sin Cost Me?
So what will sin cost me anyways? Well, there are to ways of looking at this. One is what will sin cost the unbeliever. The other, what will sin cost the believer. I can tell you that both are costly. Sin is not something to play around with. It's like playing with fire, sooner or later you're going to get burned. None of us can help committing sins. After all we were born with a sin nature.
Romans 3:23- For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
Psalms 51:5 - Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
James 1:15 - Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Just because we were born with a sin nature, does not give us license to do whatever we please. God will however allow us to make our own choices in life. It will be up to us to deal with the consequences.
Lets take a look at what sin will cost an unbeliever. Unbelievers have freedom from God. They are not his children, so he does not have much to do with their lives. God will give them a measure of grace and blessing and it is up to them what they do with it. Unbelievers are in fact the children of Satan. Weather they know it or not, they are his children. Anyone who does not accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, is the child of the Devil. Satan will bless his children for committing sins. That's right, he will prosper them in this world for sinning against God. He does this for two reasons. First because he is pleased with them. Second is to set the example for everyone else. Satan loves to see people sin against God, because God loves all people and it hurts him. Satan makes sure to help a sinner get ahead, so they will continue deeper into sin. Satan wants sinners to be the example for everyone else. This starts in grade school and progresses through high school and college. The most wicked sinful kids are always the cool ones. It starts out innocent at first but as kids progress through school it gets more and more evil. By the time they're in high school, their innocence has been lost. The cool wicked kids will shame the "good" kids for not participating in various sins. This is called peer pressure and Satan loves it. By the time school is over most kids will have indulged in gross sin and their heart will be turned against God. This is right where Satan wants them. By the time most people reach their twenties the chances of them getting saved becomes grim. This is where the cost of sin comes into play. If one of these people dies without Jesus Christ, they are in TROUBLE. As soon as they die, they go straight down to hell. It isn't even a question of how many sins a person committed, just one will get anyone sent to hell. In hell they will burn in fire and torment. There is no joy, peace, love, comfort, nothing good, those things come from God. God's presence is not in hell, that place is devoid of God and anything good. One day though, all the people will leave hell and be re-united with there old body and go up to heaven. This will be a joyous day, until they realize why they are there. They will all stand naked before the judgement seat of God, whom they rejected. They will stand before him as his enemies. He will judge them for every sin they committed and they will be sentenced to an eternity in the lake of fire. Each person will be given an individual punishment equal to the crimes they committed. It will be the most horrifying thing in human history. In the lake of fire they will be tortured and burn forever. All of their sinful lust and indulgences will go unfulfilled, despite their intense cravings. Their is no way out of the lake of fire, it goes on forever. This is a horrifying thought.
Revelation 20:14 - And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Revelation 20:15 - And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Revelation 21:8 - But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Revelation 20:10 - And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Now, what about believers who commit sin? God understands that we live in a sinful world and we may make mistakes some times. However God does not tolerate willing disobedience. He expects us to live a clean Godly life. If we stumble, we need to apologize, ask for forgiveness, and ask him for help. If we chose to live in habitual sin without remorse, God will have to step into our lives and chasten us.
2 Samuel 7:14 - I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
Hebrews 12:6 - for whom the Lord doth love He doth chasten, and He scourgeth every son whom He receiveth;
Hebrews 12:7 - if chastening ye endure, as to sons God beareth Himself to you, for who is a son whom a father doth not chasten?
Hebrews 12:8 - But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
God will destroy a persons life if they live in sin. All their friends will turn against them. They will lose all their value in society. They will lose things that are dear to them. They may wind up on the streets or in jail. God can have Satan and his demons afflict them. When Christians sin against God they tear down their hedge of protection, that protects them from Satan. Satan wants to kill every Christian on earth and sometimes God lets him. Sometimes their really isn't anything God can do. That person's protection is gone and Satan just has a field day with their life. Even with all of this sin, a believing Christian can never go to hell. Some will tell you that you can lose your salvation, don't listen to them. Once saved always saved. Jesus Christ's blood can cover all sins, past, present, and future. Your life here on earth is another story, while a lost person is blessed for sin, a saved person is cursed for it. Also, when a sinful believer gets to heaven their probably isn't going to be any reward waiting for them. God will show them what they could of had and they will be mournful.
It is a bad idea to live in sin either lost or saved. It is especially bad for lost people. Don't tempt God, you will regret it big time. God sees everything we do, he doesn't miss anything. He will punish sin, you better believe it. Sin is the most costly thing in the world.
I hope you enjoyed this article. If you are not a Christian, I invite you to get saved now. Tomorrow may be to late. To get saved all you have to do, is admit that you are a sinner and that Jesus Christ died for your sins. The only way to take away sins is with the pure shed blood of Jesus Christ. Good works can not take away sins. If they could, then Jesus Christ died in vain. Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the dead as payment for all sins. Once you believe that, you are saved forever. You did nothing to earn it and you can do nothing to lose it.
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.