Man has a sin problem.  Our sins separate us from God.  Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that he will not hear”.  It is our sins that have caused the separation.  In Romans 3:23, we are told, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  There is not an accountable person living or who has ever lived (except our Lord), who can say that he has never sinned.  We are all in need of salvation.  1 John 1:8 says, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”.  The easiest person to deceive is ourselves.  We rationalize away what God says when we say we have not sinned.  God says that man has a sin problem, but man says that he does not.  Who is right and what are we doing to God when we say that we have no sin?  Continuing our reading in 1 John 1:10, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”  God is always right when He tells us that we have all sinned.

In Romans 6:23 we read, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord”.  Death is a separation.  When we die physically, our body is placed into the grave, but our spirit is separated from our dead body and goes back to God who gave it.  We are told in Ecclesiastes 12:7, “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it”.  In physical death, there is a separation between our body and our soul.

In Romans 6:23, we saw that, “For the wages of sin is death”.  This is a spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God for those who are lost.  The majority of people will experience spiritual death and be separated from God.  They cannot go and be with God in Heaven.  This leaves only one place for them to go, Hell.  We see Hell spoken of as the second death in Revelation 21:8, “the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”The second death is eternal separation from God.

(Isaiah 59:2) What separates us from God?

  • WRONG, It is our sins that separate us from God.
  • WRONG, It is our sins that separate us from God.
  • CORRECT, It is our sins that separate us from God.

If we stay in our sins, God will still hear us.

  • WRONG, God will not hear us if we stay in our sins. We must obtain forgiveness of those sins.
  • CORRECT, God will not hear us if we stay in ours sins. We must obtain forgiveness of those sins.

(1 John 1:8) If we say we have no sin

  • CORRECT, We are only deceiving ourselves if we say we have no sin.
  • WRONG, We are only deceiving ourselves if we say we have no sin.
  • WRONG, We are only deceiving ourselves if we say we have no sin.

If we say we have never sinned we are telling the truth.

  • WRONG, We are liars if we say we have never sinned.
  • CORRECT, We are liars if we say we have never sinned.

(Romans 3:23) How many accountable people have sinned?

  • WRONG, All accountable people have sinned.
  • WRONG, All accountable people have sinned.
  • CORRECT, All accountable people have sinned.

God knows when we sin.

  • CORRECT, God knows everything. God knows when we sin.
  • WRONG, God knows everything. God knows when we sin.

(Ecclesiastes 12:7) In physical death

  • CORRECT, The body goes into the grave and the soul goes to God who gave it.
  • WRONG, The body goes into the grave and the soul goes to God who gave it.
  • WRONG, The body goes into the grave and the soul goes to God who gave it.

In death our soul ceases to exist.

  • WRONG, Our soul will live forever either in Heaven or in Hell.
  • CORRECT, Our soul will live forever either in Heaven or in Hell.

(Romans 6:23) If we die with our sins

  • WRONG, There is no such place as purgatory. If we die in our sins we will be in Hell, eternally separated from God.
  • CORRECT, If we die in our sins we will be in Hell, eternally separated from God.
  • WRONG, If we die in our sins we will continue to exist in Hell, eternally separated from God.

If we are separated from God, we are lost.

  • CORRECT, Being separated from God we are eternally lost.
  • WRONG, Being separated from God we are eternally lost.

(Revelation 21:8) The second death

  • WRONG, The second death is being cast into the lake of fire and brimstone forever and ever.
  • WRONG, The second death is being cast into the lake of fire and brimstone forever and ever.
  • CORRECT, The second death is being cast into the lake of fire and brimstone forever and ever.

If we do not go to Heaven we will go to Hell.

  • CORRECT, There is only Heaven and Hell and we make the choice as to where we will go.
  • WRONG, There is only Heaven and Hell and we make the choice as to where we will go.