Sin, that is what I want to talk about today. It seems that no one wants to talk about sin. No one wants to be accountable for their sin. Even Christians don’t like to talk about sin. Our sin is covered by the Blood of Jesus, right? “He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:19. Please note the word “again”. Jesus died once on the Cross for all of our sins – past, present and future.
Jesus was the sacrifice for our sin. Sometimes I think because the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is incomprehensible to us, we don’t realize the humanity of Jesus’ suffering for us. Because of our in ability to overcome the sin nature on our own will, God sent His Son, God sent to us the only representative who could be the perfect sacrifice. “…Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:9. God did not send His Son as a choice for reconciliation. He sent His Son as the way for reconciliation. As a matter of fact, before Christian’s were called a Christian they were called people of “The Way”. Why would God do this? Because of His love for us. The Law was fulfilled through the works of Jesus on the Cross. God did not want the sacrifice of lambs, He wanted US to love Him as He so loved/loves us. God wanted us to recognize Him; to know Him as He knows us. Instead, humanity, not being able to overcome the sin nature, chose to sin then sacrifice. We did not recognize God’s mercy and love, we believed all He wanted was sacrifice. God wanted us to be reconciled with Him but because of His righteousness and our sin this was not possible. So He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, for the sole purpose of reconciling us with Him. Until we recognize the fact that we are sinners who need a Saviour, we will never understand God’s mercy and grace.
Grace is Jesus’ finished work on the Cross which enabled us to be reconciled with God. Grace is not a “pass” to sin but is “power” over sin…because Jesus’ defeated sin. It is only through Him we are able to defeat our sin nature. Jesus’ did not die on the Cross to save us “in” sin but “from” sin. God loves us as sinners and sent His Son to help us over come our sin nature.
With all of this being said, if we do not acknowledge our sin, are we therefore not acknowledging Jesus’ work on the Cross. Sin was not recognized as sin until the Law of the Old Testament. The same way darkness doesn’t recognize light until the light is shown or vice versa. Again, until we realize our inability to overcome our sin nature by self will, we do not realize our need for our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our sin nature is stronger than our will power but it is NOT stronger than Jesus.
To dig a little deeper we must talk a little more about grace. To understand God’s grace, we must also understand the “hyper grace” movement as another form of law. Yes, law. How is hyper grace another form of law? Well, first and foremost, it leads us down a path of destruction. The law of grace is often misrepresented as the gospel of grace. The law of grace teaches us that Jesus died for our sins – past, present and future, which is true indeed. However, it also condemns us if we feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit to repent of our sins. According to the law of grace, the Holy Spirit does not convict us of our sins. Any conviction we may feel is represented as condemnation. It ignores any guidance by the Holy Spirit to repent, therefore leading us to self will which always results in failure. It in essence negates the power of the Cross of Jesus which is the ONLY way to defeat the sin nature. To ignore our sins by claiming the finished work of the Cross of Jesus, seems the equivalent to continually sacrificing a lamb in order to sin. The only difference is instead of slaughtering a lamb in order to sin, the law of grace slaughters the finished work of Jesus’ Cross by not calling us to repentance for our sin.
There is not a single one of us who would trample on the Blood of Jesus by not acknowledging our sin when we understand why Jesus was sacrificed. There is also not a single one of us who are without a sin nature. For us to truly have victory over our sin nature, we must pick up our cross daily. “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23 We meet Jesus at the Cross when we are saved because we realize we need a Saviour. We realize our sins. However, we must meet Him daily at the Cross. We must realize we do have a sin nature and it is only through Him that our sin nature is defeated. We must realize we need our Saviour everyday! I’m not trying to preach the Law, condemnation or sin. However, I don’t want others to be led astray. I don’t want others to think that repentance is not necessary after we are saved. We do have power over sin nature through Jesus! “Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations,” Luke 24:46-47. This is written in red. We don’t need to be so sin conscious we live under condemnation by no means. However, we also can’t use His grace as an excuse to sin. We can’t be so grace conscious that we forget why we have been granted His grace. When we finally realize His sacrifice we no longer look for an excuse to sin but understand His power over sin nature and live under His grace. – Donna Warren