Preached by Victor Tey
Q: What ultimately sends a person to hell?
A: Sin makes you deserving of hell
Romans 6:23 – wages of sin is death
James 1:15 – bringeth forth death
But because of the grace of God it’s only by rejecting the Saviour that ultimately sends you there.
John 3:16-18 – because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
ill. Criminals in jail who are offered freedom.
Q: Do babies go to heaven or hell when they die?
A: 2 Samuel 12:13-23
- We see here that David had an understanding that whilst it was tragic for the baby to die, he would see the baby again in heaven.
- It was an undesired consequence on David.
- How sad that people these days willingly don’t want children.
Q: How is it possible for a baby to go to heaven if we are born as sinners?
- God can’t remove the guilt of sin without justice. (10:12)
- eg. “Allah is all forgiving and merciful”
- ie. Allah has no integrity toward his own decree of justice.
- You can’t be born spiritually dead and guilty of sin and God not send you to hell.
- It is true that babies sin from birth (13:08)
- Psalm 58:3 – born, speaking lies.
- The world is trying to teach us that we are inherently good and just need direction
- The bible says we are inherently bad and need correction.
- Beware of parenting philosophies out there and be sure to always go to the bible first to check if the method is biblically supported.
- Adam’s sin gave us a sinful nature (tendancy to sin). (18:10)
- Psalm 51:5 – I was shapen in iniquity
- Ephesians 2:3 – by nature the children of wrath
- Hebrews 2:14-18 – seed of Abraham
- Romans 7:17-24 – in my flesh dwelleth no good thing
- Galatians 5:19-21 – works of the flesh (22:56)
- We do not inherit Adam’s guilt. (25:38)
- Deuteronomy 24:16 – put to death for his own sin
- Ezekiel 18:20 – you are not punished for the sins of Adam
- You are born a sinner but not yet guilty.
- What about David’s baby? Wasn’t he killed for David’s sin?
- No, God put away David’s sin (a picture of grace) – 2 Samuel 12:13
- God did not want David to have a son that was born of adultery – 2 Samuel 12:14
- Without knowledge of the law your sins are dead (ie. they are not held accountable / found guilty) (29:27)
- Deuteronomy 1:34-39 – no knowledge between good and evil
- Romans 7:7-14
- v7 – no knowledge of sin without knowledge of law
- v8 – sin is dead without the knowledge of the law
- v9a – we are born spiritually alive with a flesh that has a nature to sin.
- v9b – sin is brought to life by the knowledge of the law
- Romans 7:4-6
- v5 – ‘dead’ means it doesn’t bring forth fruit not that it doesn’t exist.
- v6 – contrasting the good fruit of works (eg. souls, praise, spirit) with the fruit of sin (death)
- James 2:26 – Faith is dead without works means it does not being forth the fruit of the spirit and be profitable to another. But a dead faith still exists.
- Roman’s 4:19 – Abraham’s ‘dead’ body and ‘deadness’ of Sarah’s womb
- Galatians 3:16-26
- The law was not added to give life or to disannul the promises of God.
- v19 It was added because of transgression
- v24 schoolmaster to bring us to Christ
- v25 no longer justified by works, but by faith. Doesn’t mean the morality of the law is no longer applicable.
- I believe this principle can also be applied to the mentally disabled.
Q: Does this mean that we condemn a person by preaching the word to them whereas previously they were in ignorance of the law?
A: Romans 2:14-15 – the law of God is written on everyone’s hearts and our conscience bears witness of it.