My understanding of the Gospel of Jesus and my theology matches The Confessional Statement of the Gospel Coalition
WHAT IS SIN?
Sin means – “missing the mark” of the holy standard of God. It is an archery term that means that the arrow missed the target. If the arrow missed the target by half an inch – that is a sin. If it missed it by 500 yards – that is a sin.
There are many sins – greed, selfishness, lust, idolatry (loving something or someone else more than God), stealing, gluttony, addictions of every sort, un-forgiveness, envy, taking God’s name in vain, adultery, lying, rage, slander, gossip, refusing to help those in need, apathy, hatred, bitterness, grudges, unbelief in God, disobeying God’s Word by doing something against it or by not doing something He asks us to do…. They all separate us far from the one and only holy God of the universe.
WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT OUR SIN?
HOW DOES HE DEAL WITH IT?
God is a holy God – yes He is Love – but He is also holy – He is pure and undefiled by sin. He cannot tolerate being in the presence of sin. It is completely filthy to Him – just like we would be appalled if someone made us a cake with poop in it. We wouldn’t be okay with even “just a little poop” being in the cake. Whether it was 2 pounds or 1/4 of a teaspoon – we would still be completely repulsed – as we should be. That would be disgusting! We would all want to start with a whole new uncontaminated cake before we would be willing to eat the smallest bite.
I know that was graphic – but God has a similar revulsion to sin. Although it is even nastier to Him than this illustration would be to us. Even “just a little” sin in our lives is a big issue for Him. He wants to start with a whole new life for us.
God is perfectly just – He must demand proper payment for wrongs that have been done. He will not allow injustice. This is a HUGE problem for all of us! None of us are able to be good enough to impress God and earn our way to be with Him in heaven. “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” Isaiah 64:6b Our best behavior on our own is literally like “filthy, bloody menstrual rags” in God’s sight. He cannot overlook any sin. He cannot ignore it. Someone must pay the price for each sin. The Bible says:
- ”All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
- “For the wages (paycheck that is earned) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
- “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works (good deeds), so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
- Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3
- Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
- If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” Romans 10:9-11
- And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. II Corinthians 5:15
- Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20
God REALLY hates us boasting about how good we are. We are not good in and of ourselves. We are all fallen apart from Jesus. Jesus Himself said, only God is good. We can’t be good enough on our own. Only perfection will do. That’s why we need His incredible gift so desperately. Accepting Jesus’ gift of forgiveness and payment for our incalculable sin debt creates gratitude and humility in our hearts – and those qualities are very beautiful in God’s sight.
THE HOLY HERO
When we were unable to do anything about our sinful and wretched condition and still dead spiritually in our sins, Jesus was willing to set aside His glory as God, take on a human body, live as a man, and then take on the unfathomable weight of the sin of the entire world onto His pure, undefiled, holy soul on the cross to pay the penalty that we deserved and that we earned.
- He lived the perfect life I could not live. (A new cake)
- He died the awful death I deserved.
- He took all of my sin onto Himself and paid for it in full.
- He offers to exchange all of His goodness and righteousness for all of my sinfulness.
- God counts Jesus’ death as my death and His life as my life if I will receive it.
- He gets what I deserve and I get what He deserves. That is not fair at all. That is GRACE!
- He gave all for me.
- Now I give all of myself to Him in gratitude to live the life He can empower me to live – He is now my Master. He is in control, not me. I seek His will far above my own. That is what it means for Him to be LORD.
He bore the colossal weight of every sin ever committed and overcame death to rescue us – if we will but accept His gift, put our trust and faith in Him, love Him with our whole hearts and live our lives surrendered to Him. We can’t earn this relationship! This is not a deal where I pray one prayer and then live however I want to live. This is a matter of me giving my whole life to Him to be used for His purposes from this point on. He gave all for me. He is willing to take our sin and the death we deserved in exchange for giving us His life, His right relationship with God, His holiness, His power, His heaven… WOW!
We deserved death. We deserved condemnation from a Holy God. But God loved us too much to leave us in that awful condition. He made a way for us to be made right with Him and to be able to have a relationship with Him.
HIS LONGING FOR US
- He longs for us to love Him with all that we are – to worship Him as the Lord of our lives – the One Who is in charge. He longs for us to follow Him, delight in Him, praise Him, thank Him, worship Him and reverence Him every day of our lives.
- He desires to love us, lead us, cherish us, make us more and more like Him, to be one spirit with us, to know us intimately, for us to know Him deeply and to prepare us to be His radiant, sinless, spotless bride in heaven (Ephesians 5:27) – where a great wedding feast awaits all who love and trust in Him!
- But He will not force us to love Him. He is a Gentleman – and He gave us a free will so that we can choose to love or reject Him and His gift of life forever with Him as His bride.
LOSING THE SHACKLES OF SIN THAT HOLD YOU CAPTIVE
I pray that you might be sensitive to God’s Holy Spirit speaking to your heart today. I pray that you might be willing to confess every known sin in your heart to God today. I pray that you might ask Him to forgive you by the power of Jesus’ blood. There is no sin that Jesus’ blood cannot cleanse from our souls. I pray that you might repent (turn 180 degrees away from sin and toward Jesus) and live for Him from this day on!! This is how we throw off the weight of sin that entangles us!
When we come to Jesus and receive His incredible gift of grace, God counts my life as if I died with Jesus on the cross and was buried. I am now dead to my sin and my sinful self and this world. He counts it as if He gave me a new life when Jesus rose from the dead. Now, I am alive to God through Christ!
I pray that you might say “Yes!” to His invitation to be your Savior and LORD – the One Who deeply knows you, yet loves you anyway – the One from Whom you have no secrets and no room to brag. I pray that you might say, “Yes!” to the One Who gave up His life and suffered and died in your place – paying for your sins – so that you could live a spiritually abundant life now and live with Him happily ever after in heaven forever! I pray you might discover what an incredibly gentle, selfless, loving, unfailing, trustworthy, faithful, good, strong, powerful Lord Jesus is and find His narrow path that leads to life.
Jesus is Real Love and He is Real Life.
He is MORE than enough!
If you are interested in giving your heart and life to Jesus – you are welcome to leave a comment – or you can read more in your Bible, speak to a strong Bible-believing Christian or Bible-believing pastor who can tell you more about how to have a living relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords that will give you life forever in heaven with Him in the future, and a life of spiritual abundance, adventure, forgiveness, peace, joy and freedom from sin here on earth.
This first step is called, “salvation” or being “born again” when God gives us spiritual new life. But then we continue daily to be spiritually intimate with Jesus and telling Him about any other sin issues we have so that we continually throw off every sin and live to honor Christ. We live for Him from this point on, seeking to yield our lives to Him, to live in the power of His Spirit, to know Him more deeply, to allow Him to radically change us to be more and more like Him, to walk in obedience to Him (by His power working in us) and to bring Him the greatest glory in all that we do. He is in charge now, not us! That is what it means for Him to be our Lord.
OUR GREAT BEAUTY IN GOD’S SIGHT
When we receive this gift from God and throw off the weight of our sin, we are able to be truly beautiful spiritually in the eyes of God as God’s Spirit fills us to overflowing! Then we are able to have the gentle, peaceful spirit that does not give way to fear that is so gorgeous and lights us up with the joy of Jesus! That is when we soar on wings like eagles and live life to its absolute fullest!
John Piper – The Joyful Duty of Man
John Piper – The Danger: Perishing
David Platt “Who Is God?”
David Platt – “Radical” www.radical.net
Francis Chan – “Crazy Love” www.crazylove.org