While the word “salvation” can apply to physical rescue or deliverance it also has special significance in Scripture as a term referring to spiritual salvation.
Sin isn’t a popular word. Most people think of sin as doing something really bad, like murder, assault, or robbery. But the word “sin” has the idea of missing the mark, not hitting the target.
The idea is that God has set a glorious standard and when we fail to live by it, we sin. We say, do, and think things that are contrary to God's standard, and the problem is that no matter how much we try and achieve change by ourselves, we just can't succeed.
The Bible teaches that our nature is imprisoned to sin. We miss the mark because we choose creation over the Creator. We look to succeed by our own strength, yet we never shake our own selfish sin. No matter what our education, religious heritage, ethnicity, or financial status, we cannot overcome the power of sin by ourselves. This is a problem.
In my experience saying no to temptation is tough every time. But it’s a lot easier than trying to say no after you have compromised. How do we stay honest? Here are three suggestions.
If you’re a Christian you’re in for a fight. It’s a fight about truth, trusting God, and believing His Word. It’s a fight against lies and deception. And if we are not vigilant we will find ourselves led into deception, unbelief, and apostasy. How do we win the war and keep from being deceived?
Whenever we come across passages of Scripture that seem to contradict each other the first thing to do is read the verses in context. Context can alter how we understand individual words.
Chorazin and Bethsaida were places Jesus did miracles and therefore gave more light concerning His identity. But the people didn't repent of their unbelief. Jesus indicates how punishment would be worse for unbelievers of Chorazin and Bethsaida because they have been given more light (Jesus' miracles) than those in Tyre and Sidon. They were accountable for more.
There are certain obstacles that, no matter how hard I try, I will never succeed in overcoming. And guess what? I'm confident that you will not be able to overcome these two obstacles either. What are they? The Bible refers to these obstacles as sin and death.