Monday, 6/8/20 – Pressing on… How much is allowable?

How much is allowable?

unrecognizable crop doctor in latex gloves taking instruments from table

As I mentioned in my message yesterday Covid-19 has made us very contamination conscious. This is especially important in the area of medicine.

Surgical instruments are sterilized in a number of ways:

● 1. Steam sterilizers called autoclaves apply pressure and heat to destroy microorganisms.
● 2. Dry heat sterilizers are a slower process using highly heated airflow to kill microbial life.
● 3. Chemical sterilizers submerge instruments in prepared chemical solutions but is not suitable for highly heat-sensitive materials.
● 4. Gas sterilizers use hydrogen peroxide-based gas plasma inside a chamber to kill microorganisms.
● 5. Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide sterilizers can be used to sterilize large amounts of equipment.

It seems like so much work! Some might say, “Aren’t a few microbes of bacteria in an open wound allowable?” Well…

brown and white mice

?> How little rat droppings in the flour would be allowable?
?> How few dirt particles in the manned Mars spaceship is allowable?
?> How many droplets of tainted blood mixed in your transfusion line are allowable?
?> How teeny a pin in your kids’ Halloween candy is allowable?

That’s how small a sin in the presence of a Holy God is allowable: NONE!

focused businessman taking notes at home

Since sin simply cannot exist in the presence of a Holy God, sin held in an unrepentant heart also excludes that soul from the presence of God – and every one of us has a sin-stained heart! This is a predicament!

Not me,” you say? Then you must believe yourself to be holy. Oh, you didn’t mean to imply that you are holy? But Then what? Something better than holy? There is no thing better, purer, so perfectly sinless as holy. But you did not mean that at all… what you meant was you are good … perhaps very good… but not “holy.”

sun peaking over clouds

But holiness is what God requires, as the scripture says, “…without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14). There is a word for that which is not holy. It is un-holy. And there is a word for that which makes a thing unholy. That word is sin. Sin is what in us and sin makes us unholy, and the word for that is sinner.

There is no “out” for us! We are in a most wretched situation. The declaration is true: “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).

What are we to do?

brown wooden cross

Ah, but Jesus Christ came into the world to destroy sin! He gathers it all up… the sum total of it… and puts it upon Himself… His pure and most Holy self… and God the Father looks away! God’s full wrath and justice is done! God’s full grace and mercy is made known. Available to all who are convinced, all who turn, all who make Him Lord…

All who make His entry into their heart allowable.

More tomorrow…

To hear Pastor John’s Sunday message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the livestream from the church website.

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