Lesson 12 第十二课

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CHRISTIAN SINS?

(Psalm 51:1-2)


    “Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”



The Consequences of Sin in the Life of a Christian


Sin Dirties the Soul


    Psalm 51 was written by David after he had sinned and after he had gotten his heart right with God.  Although David was a king, dressed in royal robes, slept on a silken bed, and bathed in a marble tub with perfumed soap, he still felt dirty.  He was deeply convicted about his sin, and he felt terrible about it.  One of the works of the Holy Spirit of God is to convict a Christian’s heart when that Christian sins.  Jesus said in John 16:8, “And He, when He comes, will convict the world of sin and righteousness and judgment.”  If you’re a child of God and you sin, you will feel dirty spiritually.  And if you don’t feel dirty when you sin, you need to ask yourself if you truly are a child of God.  A lot of people have a form of religion, but they’ve never been saved and cleansed from sin to begin with.  A true child of God, when he sins, feels dirty.  


Sin Dominates the Mind


   In Psalm 51:3, David said, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.” David couldn’t get his sin off his mind.  It haunted him day and night.  If you’re a child of God, the Holy Spirit will never let you simply ignore your sin; He will not let you forget it.  Oh, that doesn’t mean that you think about every second of every day; but it will show up in your subconscious in various ways, such as with sleepless nights or in having a lack of peace and joy.  


Sin Disgraces the Lord


   In verse 4, David says,
Against You, You only I have sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge.”  David’s sin affected many people.  He sinned against Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband both by committing adultery with his wife and by having him killed; he sinned against Bathsheba by committing adultery with her; he sinned against his own wife by committing adultery with Bathsheba; he sinned against his own body; and he sinned against the entire nation of Israel, since he was their king and should have been a better leader and example.  But none of those are mentioned in David’s confession.  David saw his sin for what it really was – an affront to Almighty God!

    David loved God.  That’s the reason his heart was broken.  David realized that he had hidden nothing from God.  What David had done was totally in God’s sight.  An unsaved man or woman may feel bad about what they had done for various reasons.  But a saved man or woman feels bad about what his or her sin does to God.

Sin Depresses the Heart


    In verse 8, David says, “Make me to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which You have broken rejoice.”  David was depressed; there was no joy, no gladness.  Proverbs 20:17 says, “Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.”  That refers to the fact that although sin may taste sweet for the moment, afterward it causes bitterness inside. 


    It has been said that the most miserable person on earth is not the lost person, but the saved person who is out of fellowship with God.  Only one thing can take the joy from your heart – and it is sin.  And only one kind of sin – yours.  When someone sins against you, that is their sin.  Your reaction to what they do to you can take away your joy. 


    Jesus was a man of sorrows; Jesus wept.  He was not happy all the time, but He was full of joy.  While facing the cross, Jesus spoke to His disciples and said, “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy be made full.”  The joy of the Lord is constant, and the joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh. 8:10).


Sin Diseases the Body


    Sin in your life, without repentance, can actually make your body sick.  Notice again in verse 8: “Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.”  Now, these words of David are like poetry; they represent true experiences but should not be taken literally.  David didn’t actually have any broken bones because of his sin.  He’s using a figure of speech.  We’ve spoken of how sin dirties the soul, dominates the mind, and depresses the heart.  Well, how long can a person undergo these types of pressures on his life before it affects his body?  The Bible says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones” (Prov. 17:22).  In the same way joy works like medicine, misery works like poison.


    Here David is under incredible pressure.  When a person gets under psychological and spiritual pressure, it may affect the body.  In 1 Cor. 11:30, Paul scolded the Corinthians for acting in the wrong way while taking the Lord’s Supper.  He said, “For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep.”  Paul was saying that not only had many of those Christians in Corinth gotten sick because of their sin, but some of them had even died.


Sin Defiles the Spirit


    In verse 10, David says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  David had a sour spirit.  David had a defiled spirit.  Some of the most irritating people you ever see are Christians who are out of join spiritually.  They get a sour spirit, and nothing will please them.  These are the type o people in the church who get a critical spirit.  And David had a critical spirit.  When Nathan the prophet came to King David to confront him about his sin, he first told David a story about a rich man who had taken a poor man’s only lamb.  When David heard the story, he got very angry.  He judged the man for stealing a sheep, but the truth is, he had stolen another man’s wife.  He judged a man for killing an animal, while he had killed a man. 


Sin Destroys the Testimnoy


   The Bible calls David a man after God’s own heart.  He loved God, but had gotten into horrible, terrible sin.  Not only does sin defile the spirit, but it destroys the testimony.  This may be one of the worst things about sin in the life of a child of God.  Notice Psalm 51:14-15: “Deliver me from my bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.  O Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise.”  David had stopped praising God, his lips had been sealed.  His sin had destroyed his testimony, and praise had dried up.  It was obvious that he had ceased directing sinners to God, as verses 12-13 indicate: “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.  Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You.”  


CLEANSING OF SIN IN THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN

(Four Steps to Restoration)


Confidence


    Notice again Psalm 51:1: “Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.”  David knew that for a multitude of sins, there is a multitude of God’s grace.  David knew that God had never stopped loving him.  He says, “according to Your lovingkindness.”  God does not love us because we’re valuable; we are valuable because God loves us.  God does not love us because we are good.  Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  We need to have the confidence that no matter what we have done, God love us.


Confession


    Psalm 51:2-3 says, “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.”  Notice that David calls it “my sin,” not somebody else’s.  He is saying, “God, I am the sinner; God, I am the one that has sinned.  I acknowledge my sin.  There’s one thing that God will never accept for sin, and that is an alibi, or an excuse.  The Bible says in 1 John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.”  But John goes on to say in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  The Greek word translated “confess” means more than just admitting you’ve sinned.  It literally means “to say the same thing.”  It means to say the same thing God says about your sin.  It means we take responsibility for our sin and we understand the seriousness of sin.  Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.”  When we try to cover it, God uncovers it; when we uncover it, God covers it.  Notice also that Prov. 28:13 says, that we are not only to confess, but to forsake.  This means repentance.  True confession before God includes turning away from the sin.  In Luke 24:47, in speaking of the message that would be proclaimed after His crucifixion, he spoke of “repentance for forgiveness of sins.”



Cleansing


    Sin makes you feel dirty, so God gives you a spiritual bath.  In verse 2, David says, “Wash me.”  This speaks of being outwardly cleansed because sin is defilement.  Then, in verse 7 he says, “Purify me.”  This speaks of cleansing on the inside.  Isaiah 1:18 says, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.”  It is the cleansing power of the grace of God.


Consecration


    In Psalm 51:12-15, David says, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit, then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You.  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.  O Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise.”  It was like David was saying, “Lord, put my feet back on the right path, and God, I am going to get back to serving You.”  God doesn’t cleanse us just so we can sit around and be clean; He has a plan for us.  He puts us back on the track of service.


    Do you know how David got into trouble in the first place?  He was doing what he shouldn’t have been doing.  The Bible says it was the time when kings went to war.  And in the evening David got off his bed and went to his rooftop where he saw Bathsheba bathing.  He shouldn’t have been on that rooftop; he shouldn’t even have been in his bed.  He was supposed to be with his soldiers on the battlefield.


    Did you know that if you’re doing what you should be doing, you can’t do what you shouldn’t be doing?  When you sin, once you get your heart clean, get back into service.  Remember the four steps of restoration: confidence, confession, cleansing, and consecration.