Westside Baptist Church of York  

Welcome to West Side Baptist Church of York

Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

" ... and the sin which so easily ensnares us, ... "
Hebrews 12:1

  We do what we do, because we are what we are. When we hear the word "sin" we usually think of some speech or deed which is in violation of God's law. When we understand the Scriptures better we learn that thoughts, desires, and motives are also sins if they are in violation of God's law. God has authority over the internal workings of our heart and mind as well as the external workings of our tongue or hand. But each sin we commit has a root which produces it, and this root is also called "sin". This sinful nature influences us to produce one sin after another. Bad fruit comes from a bad root. Mankind's bad root is comprised of vices such as pride, lust and greed. This root is "the sin which so easily ensnares us." It hinders us from living a life of obedience to God. This "sin" produces sin after sin, sins of commission and sins of omission. As poverty hinders many from living comfortably, and as lameness hinders many from walking comfortably, and as blindness hinders many from seeing many beautiful colors and sights, so "the sin which so easily ensnares us" hinders each of us from living godly, reverently, humbly, selflessly, honestly, purely, etc. Yet a significant difference is that the poor, the lame, and the blind are very aware of their condition, but few of us sinners are aware of "the sin which so easily ensnares" us to commit sinful thoughts, desires, words and acts. People beset by poverty, lameness, and blindness are constantly aware that their condition constantly affects their actions. So also, each of us needs to be aware that our sinful nature constantly leads us to ignore God, to live as we please, to assert ourselves, to be immodest in thought or word or dress or deed, to work little but want much, to be false or deceitful, to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think, to be discontent rather than thankful, etc. It is because of "the sin which so easily ensnares us" that Jesus said, "Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." The new birth puts one in possession of the Holy Spirit through whom good fruit is produced. God uses the gospel of Jesus Christ to product the new birth in the hearts of sinners.



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