last night we talked about our identity. our identity as the enemy would prefer it is in sin. romans 3:23 tells us:
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (NIV)
there was a time in my walk with Christ that this was my identity. sin. the enemy had confused me to believe that i was not worthy of grace. i knew that Jesus was real, but i did not live my life as if He was. i believe this is something we can all relate to.
i was recently listening to john piper and he used this analogy that God is like hydrogen. we all know that hydrogen is real. we know that it exists. we know that with 2 hydrogens and 1 oxygen we have water. but apart from knowing that it is real and that without it we do not exist, it doesn’t really have any other impact on our lives.
romans 5:8 in the message says:
but God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.
Christ died for us. one of my favorite verses in scripture is 2 corinthians 5:21:
for our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (ESV)
we have all sinned. through God’s grace Jesus paid for all sin which brings us to this revelation:
sin is not a problem. sin is the problem. it is because of sin that we have been separated from God. we spent some time looking at sin as laid out in the new testament. see colossians 3:5-6, galatians 5:19-21, and 1 corinthians 6:9-10.
yes, sin can become our identity as Christians. it can be difficult to read the bible and not feel the weight of sin on your life. but there is good news in 1 corinthians 6:11
you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (ESV)
Jesus is not a solution. Jesus is the solution.
there is no other way. Jesus is the only way. if there was any other option, God would not have sacrificed His Son. romans 10:9 says:
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.
so, we accept say and believe then we are done, right? for many Christians it stops there. most of us are hydrogen believing Christ followers. we believe he is real but he doesn’t change our life. how should he change our life? in john 8:11 Jesus tells us:
…go, and from now on sin no more. (ESV)