“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!” Galatians 2:17
I love the book of Galatians but this verse I always have to really wrap my head around. One day during a casual conversation with a friend we were talking about the term “sinners”. Anytime I hear the term sinners I think of judging others by calling them a “sinner”; like pointing a finger. We all sin. Christians stumble and sin. We have the power to overcome sin but don’t always make the right choices. However, we are truly sorry for our transgressions and repent. If and when we stumble it is the enemy who threw us a snare. He deceives us and we may slip. Does that now make us a sinner? And it doesn’t stop there. Now we all of a sudden feel guilty, not worthy….condemned. Why yes, we are now condemned because we fell short! According to the The Law of the Old Testament we are now sinners, right? How can we ever live up to the standards of The Law on our own accord? Does any of this sound familiar to anyone else? First comes the deception, then condemnation and now the enemy has guided us back to the Law. The enemy knows what The Law will bring, he doesn’t mind us living under the Law for it will only bring death. Do you see who was left out of the enemy’s scenario? Jesus.
“Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Galatians 3:3
We begin our life in Jesus Christ through faith in His work on the Cross. Jesus reconciled us with God and through Him we have the power to overcome the enemy by the Lord’s grace and mercy on us. If we stumble, we repent and remain under the Blood of Jesus NOT under condemnation. There is no mercy and grace under condemnation. Jesus is the minister of mercy, grace and love. The enemy is the minister of sin and condemnation.
Galatians 2:21 “I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” If we therefore set aside Jesus’ work on the Cross when we as believers stumble, then we have lost our faith in the atoning work of His Blood once and for all. We are assuming His Blood was only strong enough for the sinners and not the saints.
Don’t allow the enemy’s deceit to guide you back to religious laws through condemnation. When God gives us a revelation – rejoice. When He gives us grace – rejoice. Rejoice in the Lord always because Calvary road is always open to both the sinners and the saints to receive forgiveness and salvation. The Lord’s atoning Blood was not shed in vain; It was shed for you – Rejoice! Donna Warren