My Thoughts . . .

Monday, December 2, 2019

Some have a hard time going to sleep at night because of their sins.  Some have no problem pillowing their head in spite of their sins.  Some are disgusted due to their failure to stop sinning.  Some believe they are perfect and incapable of sinning.  Some give up and return to unbelief because their sin keeps them from being perfect.  Some become impatient with God because they believe He fails in keeping them perfect, so it’s His fault, not theirs.  Some believe Satan is stronger than God since they find it impossible to never sin.  Some believe God gave them an instruction book and then left them to figure it out for themselves.  Some believe God sent His Son to die for our past sins, but we are responsible for saving ourselves from our present ones.  Some realize they will never be perfect and live with fear that they will die before they can ask God to forgive them.  So, how does sin wake you up, and if it does, what good comes from it?

Everyone, whether saint or sinner commits sin.  Who can ignore that fact?  We may excuse ourselves.  We may exempt ours by enlarging yours.  Regardless of what we do, we are all sinners.  It’s in our DNA, so to speak.  Paul told the Roman believers, “For all have sinned” (Romans 3:23).  That statement applies to both the believer and the unbeliever.  If that is false, why did Paul have to withstand Peter to his face (Galatians 2:11-14 NASV, NIV)?  He was guilty of hypocrisy.  Paul misjudged Mark, and his partnership with Barnabas ended in a sharp disagreement (Acts 15:26-40).  Later, Paul admitted his mistake (2 Timothy 4:11).

When John wrote his first epistle, he stated,

If we say that we have NO sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us . . . . If we say that we have NOT sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:8, 10).

Everyone sins.  Those who are lost, are sinners.  Those who are saved, are sinners.  What is the redeeming factor between the two types or kinds of sinners?  One is lost IN sin and the other is saved FROM sin.  I am a sinner who has no sin.  How is that possible?  It is due to the difference by being IN Christ rather than separated from him.  When one is In Christ, he is continually cleansed by the blood of Jesus.  This continuous cleansing action is needed for God to dwell in the believer (1 Corinthians 3:16).  God is holy and cannot dwell in the unholy.  The Christian is kept holy through the righteous, cleansing power of Jesus’ blood.  I cannot say that I have NO sin, or that I have NOT sinned, because I do.  Yet, I am made spotless by the cleansing blood of Jesus.

The Hebrew writer was addressing believing Jews who recognized their short comings or sins.  But they recognized what the blood of Jesus does for them.  Therefore, he writes,

Now the just shall live by faith . . . But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:38-39).

Believers are people whose sins woke them up to their need for Jesus.  Those on Pentecost ask, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).  We die to our sins and are buried with Jesus and raised with him into that new life (Romans 6:3-7).  Paul stated, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17).  Sin can wake us up to our need for Jesus and his saving power!  What is your sin doing for you?