2-God cannot look on sin
Biblical Rules of Death, Part 2
Rule #2: God cannot look on sin (Hab 1:13)
The holiness of God is so sacred that He is pained to even look at sin. All of us have been proven guilty of sin – either by our own conscience, or by God’s law, or both (Romans 3:23). Consequently, most people feel the need to have their sins forgiven (see remission).
The definition of death is “separation…” First, physical death is the separation of one’s body and their soul and spirit (Ecclesiastes 12:7). This is the first death and comes to all. Second, spiritual death is separation from God. This is the second death and is imposed upon all those who physically die in their sins (Revelation 21:8).
Jesus took upon Himself all the sins of the world (on the cross). Because our sins were placed upon Jesus’ shoulders, God the Father had to look away (Jesus felt forsaken, Matthew 27:46). To see this more graphically, read Isaiah 53.
Isaiah 53:4,5 “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
God’s aversion to sin brings about the separation mentioned in Rule #1. And, until our sins are forgiven (remitted), we cannot go to heaven, nor can we have fellowship with our Heavenly Father (1 John 1:6).
1 – How does the word “separation” relate to physical death?
2 – What is required to have true fellowship with the Father?
Nest in the series, “No forgiveness without blood.”