2nd March 2018

The Only Way To Deal With Sin 

“For what the Torah could not do by itself, because it lacked the power to make the old nature cooperate, God did by sending his own Son as a human being with a nature like our own sinful one [but without sin]. God did this in order to deal with sin
Romans 8:3 (CJB)

In a few weeks Christians will remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in various ways. For us who believe it’s a time of renewal and re-dedication, and of reflection as we think of what Jesus has done for us. Of course, in a sense we die daily with Jesus and live his resurrected life in us — it’s not just an annual event.

Some have wondered whether any religion might be able to deliver what we have received in Christ. Here, in the book of Romans, Paul is writing to a group of Christians who lived in a city where almost all contemporary faith ideas were on offer. Rome was a multi-cultural and multi-faith society. Various eastern religions existed there, as did paganism, worship of the mythological gods and goddesses, Judaism and Christianity. Islam had not yet arrived on the scene, but, had it been around by then, I dare say it would have been an available option. Why couldn’t any or all of them provide salvation? The answer, Paul explains, is to do the problem of sin. None of them could address it properly. Not even the Old Testament, as wonderful as it was, could deal with it. “It lacked the power for to make the old nature co-operate.”

God’s view was to deal with sin through the incarnation, to send his Son to become one of us in the flesh, and for him to overcome sin on our behalf. The only way “to deal with sin” is to accept and participate in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. By doing so we acknowledge that our sins have been forgiven and we open the way to our being transformed by the Spirit into a new creation in Christ.

Try as we might to change ourselves by dint of our own efforts, or by following some religious or pop-pyschology régime, we’re bound to fail to change who we are deep inside of us. There’s only one way to address the problem of our old nature, and that’s through Jesus Christ.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for sending your Son to deal with my personal sins and with the sins of the whole world. In Jesus
’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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