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  • Isaiah 1:1–6 ESV
    1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. 2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” 4 Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. 5 Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 6 From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but bruises and sores and raw wounds; they are not pressed out or bound up or softened with oil.
    Introduction
    HAS MAN OUTGROWN THE GOSPEL?
    NOT UNLESS HE HAS FOUND ANOTHER FOOD FOR 'THE SOUL.
    NOT UNLESS HE HAS FOUND ANOTHER CURE FOR MAN'S MOST SERIOUS DISEASE.
    NOT UNLESS HE HAS UNEARTHED ANOTHER MAP TO HEAVEN.
    NOT UNLESS HE HAS FOUND ANOTHER WEAPON SATAN FEARS.
    NOT UNLESS HE CAN MAKE HIS LIFE MEANINGFUL WITHOUT IT.

    Has Man Outgrown the Gospel?

    NOT UNLESS HE HAS FOUND ANOTHER CURE FOR MAN'S MOST SERIOUS DISEASE

    I. A cure for sin (forgiveness) is still man's most basic spiritual need

    Romans 3:23 ESV
    23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
    Romans 6:23 ESV
    23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Medical treatments have been around at least since Moses (Lev. 12:1-4; Deut. 23:10-14), but nobody's in a hurry to close hospitals and pharmacies.
    We all have ancient Israel's contagion: "From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment" (Isa. 1:6).
    Isaiah 1:6 ESV
    6 From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but bruises and sores and raw wounds; they are not pressed out or bound up or softened with oil.
    Jeremiah 8:22 ESV
    22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?
    Jeremiah 46:11 ESV
    11 Go up to Gilead, and take balm, O virgin daughter of Egypt! In vain you have used many medicines; there is no healing for you.

    II. The only antidote has "Gospel" on the label

    (Rm. 1: 16).
    Romans 1:16 ESV
    16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
    Look around-if anything, sin has greater influence now than it did with ancient man.
    Violence, greed, lust, selfishness, drunkenness, drugs ... no society yea, no individual-has mastered sin.
    Paul would say today what he said in A.D. 57: "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rm. 3:23).
    Romans 3:23 ESV
    23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
    Mankind has not conquered carnal desires.
    We are still prone to give in to the lusts of the flesh, the Lust of the eyes, and the Pride of life (I Jn. 2:15 17).
    1 John 2:15 ESV
    15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    We cannot overcome without the power of the written Word (Heb. 4:12).
    Hebrews 4:12 ESV
    12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
    Jesus used its power to defeat Satan in the "showdown in the desert" (Mt. 4: 1 -11);
    Paul urged Timothy by it to "make a good warfare" (I Tim. 1: 18);
    1 Timothy 1:18 ESV
    18 This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
    and we can only beat our adversary with the same time tested weapon (Eph. 6:17).
    Ephesians 6:17 ESV
    17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

    III. The Reality of Sin has not Changed

    Since the eternal God is the One who determines what sin is, sin does not change from culture to culture or with the passing winds of time.
    Men may change what they consider sin or what they call it (Isa. 5:20), but it will not alter reality.
    Isaiah 5:20 ESV
    20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
    Sin is still transgressing God's law (I Jn. 2:4),
    1 John 2:4 ESV
    4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
    violating one's conscience (Rm. 14:23),
    Romans 14:23 ESV
    23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
    omitting a duty (Jas. 4:17),
    James 4:17 ESV
    17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
    and, in general, "all unrighteousness" (I Jn. 5:17).
    1 John 5:17 ESV
    17 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.
    We've all done it; thus

    We all need the cure that only the Gospel can give

    Conclusion
    Let’s not be deceived at the erroneous ways of this world...
    Galatians 1:6–7 ESV
    6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

    Plan of Salvation

    Romans 10:17 ESV
    17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
    Hebrews 11:6 ESV
    6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
    Matthew 10:32–33 ESV
    32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
    Acts 17:30 ESV
    30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
    Romans 6:3 ESV
    3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
    1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
    58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
      • Isaiah 1:1–6NIV2011

      • Romans 3:23NIV2011

      • Romans 6:23NIV2011

      • Isaiah 1:6NIV2011

      • Jeremiah 8:22NIV2011

      • Jeremiah 46:11NIV2011

      • Romans 1:16NIV2011

      • Romans 3:23NIV2011

      • 1 John 2:15NIV2011

      • Hebrews 4:12NIV2011

      • 1 Timothy 1:18NIV2011

      • Ephesians 6:17NIV2011

      • Isaiah 5:20NIV2011

      • 1 John 2:4NIV2011

      • Romans 14:23NIV2011

      • James 4:17NIV2011

      • 1 John 5:17NIV2011

      • Galatians 1:6–7NIV2011

      • Romans 10:17NIV2011

      • Hebrews 11:6NIV2011

      • Matthew 10:32–33NIV2011

      • Acts 17:30NIV2011

      • Romans 6:3NIV2011

      • 1 Corinthians 15:58NIV2011

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