The Most Powerful Thing In The Universe, What Is It?
Allow me to pose to you a riddle:
Rich people need IT.
Poor people have IT.
IT is more wicked than the devil.
And if you eat IT you will die…
Give up? Well, here is one more hint; IT is even more powerful than God. “What! Impossible!” you declare with righteous indignation. “What damnable heresy; NOTHING is more powerful than God!” That’s right my friend, and that is the answer to the riddle: IT IS NOTHING.
And yet, like you, most who would piously declare that NOTHING is more powerful than God, unconsciously believe SOMETHING is: “SIN”.
It is a spiritual tragedy of blasphemous proportions that most professing Christians believe that sin is indeed more powerful than God. For according to them, ‘not even God can literally deliver a man from the power of sin daily in thought, word, and deed.’ No matter how much theological verbal smog you employ, if this is your confession, then you do not truly believe that God is the most powerful thing in the universe. Although you may say with your mouth that nothing is more powerful than God, the implications of your theology declare otherwise. To say that God either cannot or will not deliver you from all sin is nothing less than a denial of the very Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you believe you cannot live free from sin, then you must believe one of two things: either God cannot or will not deliver you from all sin. Since God is omnipotent, He surely can. Regarding His will, the scriptures declare that He has provided a salvation unto the uttermost which makes the believer free from both the guilt and power of sin. Thus, the dilemma is not one of divine ability or intention, but rather one of rebellion and unbelief. Thus to attribute our sin to either God’s inability or unwillingness is not only erroneous but blasphemous.
“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.”
Many shamefully wrest the very Word of God to make provision for their sin. They amazingly use the very thing God gave them to free them from sin, the Word (truth, Jn 8:32; 17:17), to craft a theology by which they may continue in sin.
Allow me to present a simple illustration to demonstrate the error of modern Christendom. Suppose a father and mother, who while enjoying a picnic together, are suddenly startled by the scream of their only son playing nearby in the woods. Upon investigation, they are horrified to discover that he has been bitten by a rattlesnake. In spite of every effort to save their son, he dies a most excruciating death. After the funeral, with tears still streaming down their faces, this couple returns home shocked to find their house is infested with rattlesnakes. The man assures his wife that he will remedy this awful situation and thus calls for a local herpetologist (snake expert). Upon arrival, clad in full body armor, the reptilian expert is willing and able to extract every rattlesnake from the home. The father then asks the herpetologist a bizarre question. “Can you leave the snakes in our home and merely remove the venom?” Somewhat puzzled, the herpetologist assures the man there is NOTHING he cannot do with rattlesnakes and proceeds per the request. Upon hearing the procedure is over, the man returns to the house with his wife. However, as she opens the door, to her horror, the wife is bitten on the leg by a snake. The jubilant father, raising his hands in rapturous joy breaks out into a jig as he tells his wife the ‘Good News.’ “Let not your heart be troubled my dear bride, for although the snakes can bite you, they can’t kill you. And furthermore my dear, this dreadful condition will serve to keep us humble. One day we will go to a place where there are no snakes but for now our lot is to be bitten many times over each day. Hallelujah! Now, I still expect you to perform all your domestic duties and if anyone ever tells you that we do not have to live like this, know assuredly that they are unlearned, proud and deceived. Although it is true that I could have removed all the snakes, in my great love and wisdom I thought this would be best for our family.”
What kind of father and husband would this man be if he could have removed the snakes, and chose not to? Yet, this absurd folly is exactly what most ascribe to God in the atonement of Jesus Christ. Jesus did not die to make holiness unnecessary but to make it possible. Moreover, the atonement did not mysteriously sanctify sin, extracting it of its deadly venom, so that it does not kill the ‘sinning saint.’ The purpose of the atonement was rather to sanctify man, not sin, so that he could by God’s grace live free from sin’s power.
My friend, would you dare say that the ALMIGHTY BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST cannot cleanse you from all sin (1 John 1:7)? Do you deny the divine provision that in EVERY temptation there is provided a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13)? Is GOD not able to keep us from falling into sin (Jude 1:24)? Do you deny that God has commanded you to cease from ALL sin immediately? Do you believe that it is the will of God that you sin EVERY day in THOUGHT, WORD and DEED? If you have answered YES to any of these questions, you are unscriptural and deceived. Furthermore, your controversy is not with man but God.
“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God…”
-I Thessalonians 4:7, 8
The Gospel message is simple: Man was separated from God by sin, thus Jesus has come to separate man from sin. He thus enables and commands all men to go and sin no more.
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God….”
-1 John 3:8-10
Contrary to popular Antinomian theology, the word commit in this passage does not mean ‘practice’ but rather ‘one single act.’ (See Strong’s) It is a travesty that this Good News makes most professing Christians gnash their teeth rather than rejoice. In reality, the problem is not that God cannot or will not deliver men from all sin. Rather, selfish men do not WANT a Gospel that delivers them from sin’s power, but only its consequences. Men hypocritically lift their voice and their hands exalting the majestic power of Almighty God. However, all the while, the clanking of the chains of their true master, SIN, exposes the impotence of their anemic gospel and savior.
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
“If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.”
-1 John 2:29
The Biblical Jesus does far more than give men noble intentions and exegetical eloquence; He makes them free from sin! If you are content to be bound by sin then you have yet to meet the Truth that makes men free. What a shame that men, in the name of humility and orthodoxy, exalt the fall of Adam and its power to deprave over the atonement of Jesus Christ with its power to deliver. Perhaps the only thing more vile than sin is a professing Christian who pleads for sin as he denies the very purpose of the Savior and the power of His gospel.
All would agree that men must be made holy to enter the presence of God. But the question is: When and How does this happen? Will the death angel somehow wave his magic wand over our hearts and make us holy? This folly is nothing else but a protestant purgatory. If you believe this, then death is your savior and not Christ. And if Christ is our Savior then why can’t He save us from sin’s power now? My friend, There is no sanctifying power in death. It is the blood of Jesus that makes us holy and it avails to all who believe!
How is it with your soul my friend? Are you still needlessly held captive in sin’s grip? If so, there is a fountain filled with Emmanuel’s blood which will cleanse your heart and make you free. God remains both willing and able to save all that simply believe. The real question is ‘Do you really want to be free?’ If you do, then nothing will be able to keep you from complete victory, for God, and not sin, is indeed the most powerful thing in the entire universe.
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ…”
-2 Corinthians 2:14
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24