Sin

Some people think that sin, isn’t really a big deal. And I would agree with that. It’s NOT a big deal. It’s a HUGE deal. Anyone who thinks that it is otherwise has not taken the time to read through the Holy Scriptures. God is Holy and we aren’t and that presents a HUGE problem. God is a Spirit and Holy and we, in our natural human state are disconnected from Him and not Holy. The whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, deals with the reality of sin and the remedy that God has provided, to re-unite us with Himself.

The deciding factor, when looking at sin from the perspective of God’s Word, is NOT how humanity views sin but the deciding factor is how God views sin, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures.

Most people who have NOT taken the time to read through the Holy Bible think of sin as making a self centred mistake in judgement or being selfish or cruel in their interactions towards others and that definitely can be part of it but it falls totally short of how God views sin.

When we think of committing a sin, we have a habit of comparing ourselves with one another. The vast majority of humanity subscribes to a moral code, where as an example, the killing of innocent children is not accepted as being a commendable decision or action. Generally speaking, humanity values human life and where one person decides to take the life of another, without just cause, it is not condoned.

And again, generally speaking, most people consider themselves as basically “good” people. They can admit that they have and do infrequently make mistakes but they consider themselves, on the most part as being “good” people. There are, of course, always exceptions. Some people think that they never sin and that even when they do act inappropriately, it is against there true nature and they had to act that way because they were provoked or had no choice. And then there are those, who exhibit tendencies where they have absolutely no empathy whatsoever for others.

But it’s the group that fits into the “on the most part” that I would like to focus on.

Do you recall in the Gospel of Luke, when a rich young rule called Jesus “Good Teacher” and what Jesus replied?

Luke 18:18-19 NASB

“A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.

Do you think that Jesus knew He was the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the Chosen One? Of course He did. Do you think that Jesus knew that He always perfectly followed the will of His Father? Of course He did. Do you think that Jesus knew that He was without sin? Of course He did. These realities are confirmed time and time again throughout the Gospels.

Then why would Jesus correct the rich young ruler for calling Him “Good Teacher”?

If ever there was a person in the history of humanity that could say He was good it would have been Jesus.

But Jesus would NOT accept being called good because He wanted us to know the source of all goodness and the reality of all goodness (God’s Holiness).

John 3:3-7 NASB

 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”  Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are three individual persons in one.
God the Father is Spirit.
God the Son, is of God the Father, in the flesh.
God the Holy Spirit, is of God the Father, dwelling within Jesus, the Son of God.
God the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God (the Spirit of Christ) dwelling within true believers.

The result of sin is death because sin is a rejection of the Source of Life.

Ezekiel 18:20 NASB

“The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.

It is vitally important to understand and be able to differentiate between what humanity calls “being good for the most part” and being good as in God is good. The two are not one and the same. Never have been and never will be.

And what level of importance did God assign to understanding the truth of this reality within His Holy Word?

Was faith and trust in the guidance of God portrayed as important?
Was deliverance from enslavement
portrayed as important?
Was the Law important?
Was the temporary covering over of sin important?
Were the Tabernacle and Temples important?
Was the Priesthood important?
Were the Prophets important?
Was the promised Redeemer Messiah important?
Was the arrival, teachings and miracles of Jesus important?
Was the
sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus important?
Was the promise and giving of the infilling Holy Spirit important?
Was the birth and growth of the body of Christ, the Church important?
Is Christ’s return and the
consummation of the bride and the groom important?

There is only one difference between one who is “good for the most part” and one who is Holy in the sight of God and that difference comes about by God’s grace, demonstrated and received through faith and trust in the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins, so that we have the righteousness of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, imputed onto us via the shed blood of Jesus.

God the Father, the source of life, sent us His Son, and when you reject His Son, you reject who sent Him. (John 3:16-21).

So how you look at sin and deal with it, is not about being “good” in yourself, it’s about having God’s “goodness” imputed onto us. And being “born again” is only the beginning, where our fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the body of Christ, the Church, transforms us into His likeness, through growth grounded in ever expanding faith and obedience to His commandments.

So yes, sin is a huge deal and how you view and deal with it really matters, not only now but for all eternity. It is such a huge deal that God our Father sent His Son to deal with it and deal with it He did.

Worthy is the Lamb. Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 comments

  1. Thanks, Bruce! I know many works-righteousness “Christians” who actually believe they do an acceptable or better job of obeying the Ten Commandments.

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