The Brutal Facts Of Life

J. D. Conley
January 17, 2016

Sin. As much as the world belittles sin or even ignores and denies it's existence, does not diminish it in the least, much less, vanquish it. Even the denial of sin, is a sin, (1 Jn. 1:10). Therefore, sin is a brutal fact of life that all must grapple with, (Rom. 3:23). The only way to be forgiven of sin, is by obeying the gospel of Christ, and having them washed away in His blood, (Acts 2:38, 22:16; Rom. 6:3,4; Eph. 1:7; Rev. 1:5). In a discussion of the brutal facts of life, the most brutal would be the reality of sin, because sin is the cesspool from which the other brutal facts seep. For example:

Physical Death. If it had not been for the introduction of sin into the world, physical death would have never become a brutal fact of life, (Gen. 2:17). Apart from sinning, Adam and Eve could have stayed in the garden, eaten of the tree of life, and lived forever, (Gen. 3:22). But upon eating the forbidden fruit, and their subsequent expulsion from the garden (which denied them access to the life giving tree), they began to die physically. Likewise, "...so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Rom. 5:12b). Physical death is a brutal fact of life that all must confront, (Heb. 9:27), yet for the faithful child of God it should not be, (Ps. 23:4; 1Cor. 15:54-57).

Spiritual Death. Sin, if left unforgiven, brings with it spiritual death. This is the worst type of death because there is no hope of any restoration of life. Spiritual death is a brutal fact of life that offers no life, only eternal misery! Spiritual death brings "the second death," (Rev. 21:8). All unrepentant sinners, i.e., the spiritually dead, "...shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death" (Rev. 21:8).

Sin is the world's biggest problem. Sin is the brutal fact of life which is responsible for the other excruciating facts of physical and spiritual death. However, regardless of the savagery of sin, the gospel of Christ can diminish the brutality of this triad. Sin can be forgiven! Physical death can be met with hope and assurance! And spiritual death can arrive only if the gospel of Christ is rebuffed.

Don't live a life shackled by these brutal facts. Rather, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isa. 1:18).