If sin is the only thing that can keep a man out of heaven, and according to the Bible it is, and if Jesus Christ cannot save a man from sin, the man is as truly lost while he lives as if he were already dead and in the pit. But, if Jesus Christ has the power to save a man from all sin and yet He will not do it, then the man is still lost, but Jesus Christ is responsible for it. For if you can’t get to heaven with any sin, and Christ has the power to remove that sin and yet won’t do it, He is guilty. If Christ can’t save from all sin, then He is not a perfect Savior, and is therefore a failure, and every son and daughter of Adam’s race is absolutely lost and there is no hope for a single one of us.
Turn the thing around and look at it from another standpoint. If Christ cannot save you from all sin, then the devil has put something in your heart that Jesus Christ can’t take out, and if that is so, then the devil has greater power than has the Son of God. For if sin is the only thing that will keep souls out of heaven, and if we can’t get rid of it in this life, then we are wasting time, and also wasting money building churches and hiring preachers to preach to us. But if Christ has power to save from all sin, and if He is ready and willing to do it, and yet, if we refuse to allow Him to do it, then we are lost, for sin will keep a soul out of heaven. Christ died to save sinners, and is ready and waiting to do it, so if we refuse to have it done, our damnation is just, for we all know that we are born sinners and that Christ died to save sinners and yet some of us refuse to allow Him to save us.
Beloved readers, here is a most beautiful outline by that prince of preachers, Dr. Howard Jerrett:
In Christ alone is there life and hope for the soul.
In Romans — in Christ is the soul justified.
In Galatians — in Christ is the soul crucified.
In Corinthians — in Christ is the soul sanctified.
In Philippians — in Christ is the soul victorious.
In Colossians — in Christ is the soul satisfied.
In Hebrews — in Christ is the soul bettered.
In Jude — in Christ is the soul preserved.
In Thessalonians — in Christ is the soul ascended.
In Revelation — in Christ, is the soul at home. But “out of Christ, no promise, no hope.”
This beautiful outline on the seven wounds of Christ was given to me by Reverend Paul Moore:
- His feet were wounded because He was to turn the wandering feet back to God.
- His dear head was crowned with thorns until the blood trickled down His face, so that sinners’ minds might be cleansed from all evil thoughts.
- His back was wounded that the load of sin might be lifted from the drooping shoulders of the human race.
- His blessed side was pierced in order that the blood and water might flow out making a way for man’s wicked heart to be cleansed from all sin, outward and inbred.
- Think of the nails driven through the hands which were always raised in blessing for a lost and ruined world. Those dear hands blessed every person who would receive a blessing.
- Think of the beautiful brow pierced with thorns until Jesus’ hair was all matted with blood.
- Think of the lash that was laid on Jesus’ quivering back until the blood flowed to the ground.
Think of a poor sinner loaded down with a long life of sin and wickedness and all stooped over under the load that has crushed out every good desire and every ray of hope.
Then realize that all of Man’s guilt and sins were laid on the Son of God, until He staggered under the load.
Until Jesus suffered, that howling mob of sinners were dependent on only the mercy of the devil. It took all the suffering Jesus went through to redeem a lost world, and to make it possible for man to be prepared for heaven, and qualified to keep company with God. God can take into heaven only the blood-washed sons and daughters of Adam’s fallen race.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 4399-4435). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.