Tozer Devotional

Sun, April 15, 2018

Sin and Death

Men and women try to ignore the fact of spiritual death. The Scriptures do not. Paul has a classic one-sentence commentary on the subject. He says the woman "who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives" (1 Timothy 5:6). She was not dead physically, but spiritually she was cut off from God. Her form of existence was such that she was not related to, but separated from, God.

The apostle also warns us that death is one of sin's fearful consequences. Sin came into the world and brought death with it. The soul that sins will die. So the Bible declares.

Another thing we see in the Hebrews Scripture earlier quoted is that God has a very simple way of dealing with sin. God terminates sin in death! I lived in Chicago when the notorious killer gangster, John Dillinger, was being hunted. The police printed pictures of Dillinger with warnings about his violence with guns. Always he was shown with a cynical, sarcastic smile on his face. But the final picture indicated that he had stopped sinning. He was lying on his back, toes up. He was covered with a sheet. Dillinger was dead.

Sin ends at death. When a person dies, he or she will sin no more. That is God's way of ending sin. He lets death terminate it.

Verse

But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. First Tlimothy 5:6

Thought

Physical death terminates sin but the effects of unforgiven sin do not end. They produce spiritual death which has already begun but deepens and intensifies, following physical death.

Prayer

Father, by Your Spirit give me a holy intolerance of sin in my life, whether "nice" sin or "bad" sin.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the Jesus, Our Man in Glory Chapter 11 - Jesus, Mediator of the New Ill

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