Topic #1 – Being a Sinner

Posted: November 29, 2007 in sin

Sometimes I’m overwhelmed with the fact that I AM a sinner. I don’t just commit sins. I am a sinner. And so are you. And if you say you are not, then you’ve just committed a sin, so there. =)

There’s a tremendous conflict of language in the Bible regarding sin. The wages of sin is death. One who lives in sin and does not love his brother cannot know God. Christ died for our sins so they would be wiped away. But if you do sin, ask God for forgiveness and it will be granted. But don’t sin, because sin is darkness, and God is light. I understand there are “contexts” to all verses of the Bible, and that it must be read and understood as a whole. But still.

I’d like to think I don’t “live in sin”, but that’s probably a lie….which is a sin. The key here is to understand that SIN is SIN. Bad thoughts, worrying about things you shouldn’t worry about, unkind words, lies, untruths, holding an earthly person in too high of esteem (idolatry?), seeing opportunities to help someone in need and consciously ignoring it. These are sin just as much as rage, robbery, and assault are sin. Yes, the consequences differ, but they are sin. And SIN is SIN. It separates us from God. And we spend our whole lives – if we’re fortunate enough to believe in Him – bridging that separation. Which is almost futile in a sense, because we will continue to sin, regardless of how hard we try not to.

Which is why Christ’s sacrifice – for our sin – is so utterly amazing and unbelievable and really hard to understand deep down inside. No act of goodness can save me. Once I’m saved, no measure of good living can “enhance” my saved-ness in any way. Christ did it all. And I believe it and accept it. And I’m so grateful for it. And yet…I still sin. And although it does matter….somehow, through Christ’s death, it doesn’t. And I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to comprehend it.

  1. x-ray chick says:

    I am a sinner. And it helps me remember that when I screw up. No one it reads …. no one is righteous…

    so with great thanksgiving I work out my salvation by Christ in me.

    Thanks Jesus.

    Thanks Jason.

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