Ok, so I’m reading through Acts at the moment and writing a few DIGs in the process and I come to Acts 5, and am reading about the death of Ananias and Sapphira.
I’ve read about this recently on Facebook (again) and listened (again) to teaching on this topic.
Everyone teaching on this seems to think God killed them; but I cannot get my head around what they say in this matter.
I know from Scripture that Jesus paid for all sin for all men at His finished work on the cross (Hebrews 10).
I know from Scripture that He was the propitiation for all the sin of mankind (1 John 2 v 2).
I know from Scripture that Jesus was made sin for all mankind, and that forgiveness and reconciliation flowed from the cross.
I know from Scripture that God is not judging anyone for their sin anymore and that this era was ushered in with the New Covenant.
Now, I also know that this is what many, many “grace preachers” out there are saying as well.
So how then can some of the same grace preachers say that God killed Ananias and Sapphira for their lies (or their sin that has already been dealt with through Jesus’ finished work on the cross).
How can some of them say that God killed them as they were not born again believers?
I know from Scripture that God is no respecter of persons, so if He did kill them for their lies (or sin) He should be killing people today, yet I do not know of one “grace preacher” who says that!
I have to be honest and say that I am not sure who or what killed Ananias and Sapphira (I have my theory, but that is not important at the moment).
What I do know however from Scripture is that God could not have killed them, irrespective if they were believers or not; they lived in an era (grace under the New Covenant) where God is not judging people for their sin.
God would not, indeed God could not do it, or He would have been going against the finished work of Jesus Christ, and He would never do that!
Sin (including lies) has been dealt with.
God is not judging liars, saints or sinners, anymore and He was not doing this in Acts 5 either!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus has paid for all my sin and all the sin of mankind on the cross”.
Acts 5 v 1 and 2…..But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet