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Pleasure – The Substitute For God’s Law (2 Peter 1:4-7)

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Some people live for pleasure. We may think of famous people who fall in love with fame, money, partying, etc.; or even in some cases, growing old with beauty marks. vain glory

If you search the word “pleasure” in the Amplified Bible, you will find it there on only seven different occasions. Seven times that the Bible speaks of God’s love for His people. But the Bible does not say that God enjoyed himself. In fact, at 11:1 it says, “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; and likewise ye with them.”

What is the source of this type of behavior?

The Amplified Bible points out that even the men and the women suffered for nearly everything. All except for that one man, Adam, who sired with the woman. According to the Bible, the sin of Adam was of a foolish man and his wise wife. So when did the first betrayal happen? In Genesis, it was on the night of the first murder. So it was during that first attack on God’s people.

Some think that physical pleasure is what life is all about. To think so, is to oppose God’s Word. Those who believe that believe that the Bible is true and everything else is false. All things around us were created by a good God, but most of them are corrupted by the evil desires of sinful men and women. It appears as though the type of enjoyment, murder, that took place on the night of the first murder, was not an exceptionally blessed event. So could it not have been more likely the result of the sin of man and his woman?

A love of money is the root of all evil. I have heard time and time again, that it takes about a three-ounce stone to kill a human being. There have also been many stories about various convicted criminals who were behind bars, and who revealed how much money they had earned by working in the prison. The money made an impression on the inmates. If it wasn’t for that they probably would have kept working even in the most notorious prison for the ultimate crime.

Peter also asks, “Who could escape so great a crime. The greatest criminal had to commit it. How much more the most innocent?” This indeed is a fascinatingwormhole.

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What is behind all this that the Scripture speaks of, when it speaks of a man laying with a woman (and wherever they were, penetrating). There are no laws in the world that can keep a man from doing what he sees as a good thing. He may not get caught, but he will live with his guilt. Do you know anyone like this? I am told that more than one-hundred percent of adulterer marriages end in divorce.

What do you think about this? It is all a matter of where you stand with God. To assume that just because a sinner becomes caught, it is evidence that there is no sin. That he may not consciously recall that he was going for his own pleasure instead of the pleasure of his Maker.

Please do not take me wrong. The Bible does not say that it is wrong to be in sin. On the contrary, it says that it is only proper to be in reverent fear (II Corinthians 10:13) and to call on God’s grace, because a person who knows the truth and who seeks God’s grace shall be justified, made upright by his faith and not by any works of the law (Romans 5:3 & 4).

The central question is, therefore, not what sin you committed, but could you have done more to avoid it? Was your sin due to weakness or temptations and human weakness or was it committed because of your honest, sincere, and wholehearted offering of a good try?

Either way, Christ showed us that a whole new kind of offering is acceptable to God. Our nature may be sinful but Christ did not condemn us to a life of repentance, but only to a life of justification. This new offering is a new life of justification through faith in Christ Jesus, which as a Christian gift, can only be gained through surrendering our will to His.

Jesus was such a great teacher. He said in John 3:16 that had he been asked by one of His disciples to sit down and join Him in His glory and to be the lifted up on High, he would not have done so, but had He said to them “Have you not also the love of God, Thomas?”

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