by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Isaiah 53:6, Hebrews 1:3, Revelation 1:5

The other day in Benton, Alabama, when I was in a meeting, at the close of service after a number of gatherings together, a lady came over to meet with a group of friends. She posed this question, "If a Christian sins and dies and has no time to ask God for forgiveness, where will he go?"

Now that's an important thing for us to understand. Let's go into the Word of God and see the answer to this, because when that lady asked me that, I knew immediately that she did not know the Gospel and I had the wonderful opportunity of making plain the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now this is a frequent occurrence with us today, and we are going to get into the question of the matter of sin today and see what God has to say about it.

First of all let me remind you that God is a HOLY GOD. We must understand that God is absolutely free from any wrong of any kind and by God's holiness we mean His perfection. God is perfect in everything He thinks, and perfect in everything He says and perfect in everything He does. He is absolutely perfect. There is no imperfection with God. There is no sin with God. He is absolutely Holy.

Now the problem is that we are sinners. God's Word says in Romans 3:23, "All have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God." Now we must understand that. He says not only have we sinned (past tense) but we continually come short of the glory of God. That means that the best Christian in the World is not sinless. John says, "If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." We continually fall short of the glory of God.

Now if you had a group of people who came into the room of various heights, here's a man six feet high, a man five feet high, a man four feet high and here's a child." They might reach up to the ceiling but none of them can touch the ceiling. They all come short. One is taller than the other, but nevertheless all of ...

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