~Most people can think of a few sins like murder and perjury and grand theft. But there are many sins of attitude that we all have that can cause us to be left out of heaven where Perfection (God) lives. Romans 1:29-31 in the Bible lists both murder and God-hating as sins. But right along with them, it also lists envy, deceit, gossip slander, arrogance, and boastfulness as other sins. Humans are all guilty of these things. Would you say that we deserve to be in heaven with Perfection—God? How does this new knowledge make you feel?
~In most, if not all, people’s lives, there is something they have done that they either hope no one will ever find out about, or they hope everyone will forget. Think about what it is in your own life. Would you say that you deserved to be in heaven with Perfection? How does it make you feel?
~Romans 3:23 says that everyone in the world has sinned; and Romans 6:23 says the wages we earn for sinning is death – spiritual death. Death is defined as separation. So, if we’re spiritually dead, we are separated from God. Yet, God gives a remedy.
Romans 6:3-5 states, “All of us [that includes the Apostle Paul] who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.” What do you think of this passage?