The Cure of Sin

I.          INTRODUCTION:

A.  SCRIPTURE READING:

Matthew 9:10-13  =  And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.  But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

I Peter 2:21-24  =  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

B.        CURE AND SIN DEFINED:

1.        Cure:

a.         The word is found in  Luke 9:1  =  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

b.         The word defined:

(1)      Greek:  Therapeuo, pronounced [ther-ap-yoo'-o]; It is from the Greek word, therapon, pronounced  [ther-ap'-ohn], which is an attendant, or servant.   The word therapeuo is translated “cure, heal, or worship.   Note:  When used in connection with disease or sickness it is translated “cure or heal”;  When it is used in connection with God it is translated “worship”. 

(2)      Webster:  “Act of healing, or state of being healed;  Means of the removal of disease or evil;  Method of treatment of disease.”

Comment: 

(a)      Cure is a word that belongs to disease.

(b)      Yet the word “cure” is the only word that expresses the removal of the awful consequences of sin.

2.        Sin:

a.         The word is  found in:

John 5:14  =  Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

1 John 3:9  =  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

b.         The word defined:

(1)      Greek:  Hamartia, pronounced [ham-ar-tee'-ah]; It is from the Greek word hamartano, pronounced   [ham-ar-tan'-o] which means  to miss the mark, to err, to sin.    Hamartia means an offence, or sin.

(2)      Webster:  “Transgression of the law of God;  To violate the divine law by actual transgression or by neglect;  To do or commit wrongly, as a sin.”

Comment:  Sin is being in a state of darkness and Jesus is the light to remove (cure) the darkness.

John 3:19  =  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 8:12  =  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

II.       DISCUSSION:

A.  THE NEED OF A CURE FOR SIN IS EVIDENT AS WE HAVE JUST NOTICED:

1.        Sin is a violated of God’s law and is evident that one has deviated from that which is good and healthy for spiritual man.

1 John 3:4  =  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1 John 5:17  =  All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

James 4:17  =  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

2.        Sin is a crime of breaking God’s law and we all are guilty of it.

Romans 3:23  =  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

Comment:   Jesus is the sacrificial atonement for sin and our only way back to a spiritual condition acceptable to God.

1 John 1:7-10  =  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."  
1 John 2:1-2 = "
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

John 14:6  =  Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

3.        Sin is like a “master” it takes control as a disease and will take over and we become a slave to it.

Matthew 6:24  =  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Romans 6:6  =  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."  
Romans 6:12 =
"Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof."  
Romans 6:16-17 = "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you."  
Romans 6:22-23 = "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Comment:  The price of this cure was the precious price paid by Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:20  =  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

1 Peter 1:18-19  =  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

B.        SIN IS REFERRED TO IN THE SCRIPTURES AS A DISEASE.

1.        The sick need a physician:

Matthew 9:12  =  But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

Mark 2:16-17  =  And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?  When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

2.        The disease of sin needs a special physician to cure its destructive effects:

a.         It destroys the good intellect of man to that of vile thinking which is contrary to  Philippians 4:8  =  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these thing.

b.         It destroys the affections:  (Romans 12:9-21;  I Corinthians 13:1-13)

(1)      Sin drives out love that is pure and holy.

(2)      Sin drives out love for law and order.

(3)      Sin makes the will weak and easier for other submitting to other sinful practices.

C.       JESUS [THE GREAT PHYSICIAN] AND HIS BLOOD IS THE ONLY CURE:

1.        The disease of sin is very deceptive.

a.         It like a physical disease often goes untreated thinking it will just go away.

b.         It is deceptive in that we do not think about the lasting consequences of it.

Illustration:

(1)      Heart disease often does not cause any pain until it too late.

(2)      Smoking and drinking do not cause any painful affects until the damage is done to the lungs and the liver.

(3)      Various forms of dope and drugs, give a sense of euphoria at first with as being in a state of well-being  -- then comes the shot nerves in conjunction with useless body and mental functions.

2.        We know that there are physicians that can help the physical conditions, but we wait too long and then it is too late.

3.        We know that there is a physician that can help us and cure us of sin, but many wait too long and then its too late.

III.    CONCLUSION:

A.       READ WITH ME PAUL’S WORDS IN   Ephesians 2:1-6  =  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

B.   JESUS  IS OUR ONLY HOPE:

1.        He came to set us free [cure] from sin.

2.        He paid the price that we might be free [cured].

3.        He has given us the word [prescription] that we might stay free [cured].

4.        He had gone to prepare us a place in eternity for the cured.  [John 14:3-6].

C.       DO NOT GIVE HEED TO FALSE PHYSICIANS WITH THE PRAISE OF MEN,  BUT HIM THAT COMES WITH THE PRAISE OF GOD.

Matthew 17:5  =  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Matthew 24:5  =  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

John 14:6  =  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

D.       GIVE SERIOUS THOUGHT TO YOUR SPIRITUAL CONDITION AS WE SING THE WELL KNOWN HYMN   THE GREAT PHYSICIAN”.

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