Sin has earthly consequences which are not necessarily handed out by God, but just the natural outflow of our actions. King David is one of the finest examples of actions and consequences we can find anywhere in the Bible. Only a very few people would even try to make a case for David being unsaved; there is almost universal agreement that as we speak, David is in Heaven with The Lord. Yet, we all also know the truly terrible sins David committed at one point in his life. We all know the story of his adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of her husband Uriah. David certainly was forgiven by God for those sins, but if one reads the full story of his Kingdom it is easy to see that the consequences of what David did set the stage for many things.
- The rape of his daughter Tamar by her half-brother Amnon and Amnon’s subsequent murder by Absalom. 2 Samuel 13
- Absalom’s banishment from the house of David and partial restoration. 2 Samuel 14
- Absalom’s later rebellion against David. 2 Samuel 15-19
Just a casual reading of this story and it is easy to draw the conclusion that David’s failure as both a father and husband led ultimately to some very serious consequences. One might even say that his other son Solomon behaved in some of the ways he did due to the example set by his father David.
To sum up the above, eternal security in our salvation is not a license to run out and sin all we want to. I heard a preacher say once, “Since I got saved I sin all I want to;” the audience grew silent and he then stated, “but I don’t want to.” Let’s recap quickly.
- True saving faith and salvation will produce works or fruit
- We will all be judged for the quality of our works.
- God will discipline and chastise us for our actions
- We still face earthly consequences for the things we do