Job 13:23



A.the title of my message today is “where are your sins?”

1.this should stir up many thoughts in our heart

2.it concerns every man and woman born into this world

3.we should not rest until we can give a satisfactory answer to this question

B.the time draws nigh when each of us must answer this question

1.the hour comes when all other questions will seem like a drop of water in comparison with this

2.we will not say, “Where is my money?” or, “Where are my lands?” or, “Where is my property?”

3.our only concern will be, “My sins! Where are my sins?”

C.today I want to offer a few thoughts, which will help throw light on this mighty question

II.we all have many sins

A.I do not know what sins you may have committed, or how your life has been spent in the past

1.we know, from the Word of God, that every child of Adam is a great sinner in the sight of God

2.there is no exception: it is the common disease of the whole family of Adam - Romans 5:12

3.from the king on his throne, to the beggar by the roadside; from the fine lady in her sitting room, to the humblest maid in the kitchen; from the clergyman in the pulpit, to the child in the Sunday-School

4.we are all by nature, guilty in the sight of God - James 3:2; 1 John 1:8

5.it is useless to deny it; we have all sinned many sins

B.many doubt the truth of these words

1.we need to examine the law of God, and see how the commandments apply to our words as well as to our actions, and our thoughts and our motives - Matthew 5:13, 16, 21-22, 27-28, 38-42, 43-44, 48

2.man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart - 1 Samuel 16:7

3.we should look at the history of our own life, and try it by the standard of’ this holy law

a)think of the days of our waywardness, selfishness, evil tempers, self-will, pride, worldly inclinations, impatience, and our longing after forbidden things

b)surely, in the face of our life’s history, we will not stand up and say, “I have not sinned”

4.we should look at the history of our own heart

a)consider how many evil things have gone through it, of which the world knows nothing at all

b)remember the many sinful imaginations and corrupt ideas, which our heart has entertained, even while our outward conduct may have been correct, moral, and respectable

c)think of the vile thoughts, deceitful intentions, malicious and envious and spiteful feelings, which we have had, while those nearest to us never dreamed what was going on

d)surely, in the face of our heart’s history, we would not stand up and say, “I have not sinned”

5.look at the proceedings of the judgment day in Matthew 25:31-46

a)note carefully the grounds on which the wicked, on the left hand, are condemned to everlasting fire

(1)no mention is made of great open acts of wickedness which they have committed

(2)they are not charged with having murdered, or stolen, or committed adultery

b)they are condemned for sins of omission

(1)the mere fact that they have left undone things which they ought to have done, is sufficient to ruin their souls for ever

(2)a man’s sins of omission alone are enough to sink him into hell

c)then remember the countless things we have left undone, which we might have done; or left unsaid, that we might have said

d)surely, in the face of our sins of omission, none will not stand up and say, “I have not sinned”

6.without doubt many still do not believe in their own sinfulness, but this only reveals man’s exceeding blindness to his own natural state

a)the last thing a man finds out and understands, is his own state in the sight of God

b)God says that we are all by nature blind, and deaf, and dumb, and dead

c)nothing will ever convince man of sin but the power of the Holy Spirit

(1)show him hell, and he will not flee from it; show him heaven, and he will not seek it

(2)silence him with warnings, and he will not stir; prick his conscience, and he will remain hard

(3)power from on high must come down and do the work, to show man what he really is

C.if anyone has any feeling of their own sinfulness, they ought to thank God for it

1.that sense of weakness, wickedness, and corruption, which makes us uncomfortable, is in reality a token for good, and a cause for praise

2.the first step towards being really good, is to feel bad

3.the first preparation for heaven, is to know that we deserve nothing but hell

4.before we can be counted righteous, we must know ourselves to be miserable sinners

5.before we can have inward happiness and peace with God, we must learn to be ashamed because of our manifold transgressions

6.before we can rejoice in a well-grounded hope, we must learn to say, “God, be merciful to me a sinner”

D.if you love your soul, beware of stifling this inward feeling of your own sinfulness

1.do not trample on it, do not crush it, do not refuse to give it your attention

2.beware of taking the advice of worldly men about it

3.do not treat it as a case of low-spirits, disordered health, or anything of the kind

4.beware of listening to the devil’s counsel about it

5.do not try to drown it in drink and reveling

6.if you love your soul, do not treat the awareness of sin in this fashion; do not commit spiritual suicide

III.it is of the utmost importance to have our sins cleansed away

A.there are a multitude of things which are thought to be “important” in this world, and receive the first and best of men’s attentions

1.the Master’s business deserves to be placed before all other business

2.there is nothing of such importance to a man, as to have his sins forgiven and cleansed away

B.there is a God above , who expects His dues to be paid

1.this God is a God of infinite holiness; He is of purer eyes than to look upon iniquity, and cannot bear that which is evil

2.He is a God of infinite knowledge; He knows every thought, and word, and action; there are no secrets hid from Him

3.He is a God of infinite power; He made all things, He orders all things according to His will; none can stand against Him when He is angry

4.He is a God in whose hands are our lives and all our concerns

a)He first gave us being; He has kept us alive since we were born

b)He will remove us when He sees fit, and reckon with us according to our ways

5.this is the God before whom we must all stand and give and account

C.death, resurrection and judgment await each of us

1.all is not over when the last breath is drawn and our body becomes a lump of cold clay

2.our graves will one day be opened, and we shall be summoned forth to meet God

3.the proud wills that would not listen to sermons, shall be compelled to listen to the judgment of God

4.the sins of every one shall be answered for, and every one shall receive his eternal portion either in heaven or in hell

5.surely the thought of that day deserves our utmost attention

a)man’s guilt in the sight of God is enormous; man’s danger of hell, after he dies, is tremendous

b)yet man cannot cleanse away his own sins, as it is written - Romans 3:20

IV.the blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse away all our sins - 1 John 1:7

A.after looking at the awful nature of our spiritual disease, thanks God for an almighty remedy

1.the blood of Christ is that life-blood which Jesus shed when He died for sinners upon the cross

2.it is the blood which flowed so freely from His head pierced with thorns, and His hands and feet pierced with nails, and His side pierced with a spear, in the day when He was crucified and slain

3.never since the day when Adam was formed out of the dust of the ground, has any blood been shed of such deep importance to the whole family of mankind

a)it was blood that had been long covenanted and promised - Genesis 3:15

(1)when Jesus shed His life-blood on the cross, the head of the serpent was bruised, and the ancient promise was fulfilled

b)it was blood that had been long typified and anticipate

(1)every sacrifice that was offered up by the patriarchs, was a testimony of their faith in a greater sacrifice yet to come

(2)all the blood shed by lambs and goats under the Mosaic law was meant to foreshadow the dying of the true Lamb of God, for the sin of the world

(3)when Christ was crucified, these sacrifices and types received their full accomplishment

c)it was blood which was of infinite merit and value in the sight of God

(1)it was not the blood of one who died involuntarily, as a martyr to truth, but of one who voluntarily undertook to be the Substitute for mankind, to bear their sins

(2)it made atonement for man’s transgressions; it paid man’s enormous debt to God

(3)it provided a way of righteous reconciliation between sinful man and his holy Maker

(4)without it there could have been no remission of sin

(5)through it God can be just and the justifier of the ungodly

B.this wondrous blood of Christ, when applied to our soul, can cleanse us from all sin - Isaiah 1:18

1.it does not matters what our sins may have been

2.the blood of Christ can set us free; for this cause it was shed; for this purpose it is still a fountain open to all mankind

3.that which we cannot do for our self, can be done in a moment by His precious blood

V.faith is absolutely necessary, in order for the cleansing blood of Christ to benefit us – Ephesians 2:8-9

A.a mistake on this point will be the ruin of a man’s soul

B.faith is the one thing needful, to give us the benefit of Christ’s cleansing blood

1.the wisdom of the whole world will never provide a better answer to a fearful sinner, than that which Paul gave to the Philippian jailer - Acts 16:30-31

2.trust only in the atoning blood of Christ, and this day you will be freely pardoned

VI.where are your sins?