This Matter of Sin (Part II)
Our attitude toward sin is directly tied to how important our relationship with Christ is to us. If we have a relationship with Him we naturally strive to please Him, as a bride tries to please Her husband. A husband is not going to be pleased by a bride with a roving eye for sin, or who is disobedient.
And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man,
saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel:
only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.
In this allegory these women want no relationship with Christ, they just want to use His name as a reference on Judgment day. Christ does not operate this way, only the faithful bride will accompany Him to the marriage supper. His gaze penetrates our hearts and sees if we are truly sorry for our sins or merely rendering insincere lip service.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as
a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put
away childish things.
When I was a child I loved to ride my tricycle, now as a grown man I have no interest. Spending time in His presence causes our sin nature to wither and die, to melt like an ice cube in the desert. That is the true purpose of sin; to keep us enslaved to childish things, to keep us ignorant and separated from all of the wonderful things that God has in store for us.
As the saying goes, air is not important unless you aren't getting any. I believe God looks at sin similarly, it is not important to God unless we are not confessing it. Most of all Christ wants us to talk to Him, to have fellowship with Him. To tell Him our hurts. He wants to heal us, He wants to be our friend. When we sin He doesn't want us to run and hide like Adam and Eve did, He wants us to just brush aside any guilt, come boldly before His throne of grace with a sincere heart and ask forgiveness. The sincere heart is the key.
The worst thing we could possibly do is run and hide out of guilt and shame. He's already paid the full price, it is no problem for Him to forgive the most vile of sins completely and instantaneously. He wants to help us overcome sin. He is waiting to forgive, counsel us, impart wisdom and show us wonderful things. He wants to reveal His mighty mysteries to those that love Him. He is waiting with open arms to embrace us.
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard,
nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God,
beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
How could anyone not want to know the most magnificent being in the universe? It boggles the mind. When we seek Christ and get a real glimpse of Him sin becomes about as attractive as parking our car and driving a tricycle everywhere we go. When we have a real relationship with Christ sin loses its hold over us. That is why we must maintain a constant daily relationship with Christ consisting of prayer and Bible reading. When we skip just a day from being in His presence that sin nature will start awakening like a zombie and trying to take us over.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come
boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and
find grace to help in time of need.
Not only does this teaching completely agree with scripture, (which is the only criteria we should ever measure doctrine by) but it just makes sense. How many of us can honestly claim we stopped sinning completely on the day we made our commitment to Christ? I know I can't. But my attitude towards sin did immediately change, and as this writing demonstrates it continues to evolve as we draw closer to Christ. Think of the lost, we don't tell them to clean up their lives before they come, we tell them we make a commitment to Christ and allow Him to change us from the inside.
But I see another law in my members, warring against the
law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin
which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall
deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through
Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the
law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
There are wolves out there who crush the heart of the struggling by telling them that God does it all in an instant and if they struggle with sin they are not truly saved. It is a filthy lie from Hell! God's Word demonstrates that it is this struggle that proves our salvation. The desire to live a clean sinless life is a fruit of our relationship with Christ. We work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12 KJV)
Perhaps this message seems to be a departure from my previous writings but nothing could be further from the truth. I am still bitterly opposed to false doctrines that deny sin is sin or choose to ignore it or minimalize it in any manner. Unconfessed sin will damage our relationship with God and perhaps eventually destroy our salvation. But once we have dealt with all these lies of Satan that we use to avoid confronting our sin we find it is not the time of judgment, but of mercy. God wants you to know; We can work it out. Come let us reason together. Confess it and let's move on.
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