What Hope Is There For The Sinner? (II Samuel 12, II Corinthians 5)

“David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’  And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”  II Samuel 12:14

“That ism in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”  II Corinthians 5:19

Brothers and sisters, there was no use in denying the facts.  This man was guilty.  All that remained was the official sentence to be handed down.  Question, “What type of sentence would you render in this case?”  Answer, “It’s according to what the crime is.”

The crime:  “Rebellion against God.”  The accused, “every man.”  The verdict:  “guilty as charged.” The sentence, “Eternal separation from God in eternal fire under the wrath of God.”

In this moment the weight of the human predicament is clearly felt.  “What hope is there for the sinner?”  Before us in our More For Christ readings is the answer.

Consider II Samuel 12.  Here we see a sinner, David, who is confronted with his sin against God.  In this confrontation we discover the path to hope:

1.  We see David’s strong rebuke, Vs: 1-11

David is rebuked for this sinful thirst for more than he needed.  David is rebuked for taking what was not his.  David would face continual turmoil that was not needed in his life.  But so is the fruit of sowing sin.

2.  We see David’s sincere repentance, Vs: 12-15

David replies, “I have sinned.”  In this chapter it seems like a simple statement of fact.  But if you read Psalm 51, you will see a full disclosure of his godly sorrow and repentance.

In this moment, it looks as if all is lost.  But a closer look reveals the grace of God.  “The Lord has put away your sin.”  In this moment, our Lord extends grace to a repentant man.  How does this happen?  Jesus comes and offers His blood as payment for our sin, John 1:29; II Corinthians 5:19-21.  Because of Christ condemned men can be forgiven.

Think it through:

1.  Yes, there are always consequences for our sins.  The greatest is the cross.

2.  Be thankful for God’s reconciling all of our sins.

3.  Make sure, every sin is confessed and cleansed by God.

4.  Make it your aim to share with broken people about the hope they can have for a future in Christ.

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