30th July 2018

Are You A Sinner Or A Saint?

“For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.”
Romans 7:19-20 (NKJV)

There was a popular TV programme in the 1990’s that re-runs occasionally, called Quantum Leap. The lead character, Sam Beckett, is stuck in a time loop trying to get back to his own time, and every time he ‘leaps’ he ends up in the body of an individual in a different time. He always finds that he is able to help that person in some way, correcting mistakes, preventing disasters and to make a difference in their life before he leaps again. The odd thing is that when he looks in the mirror, he doesn’t see himself, he sees the character he is helping.

Who do you see in the mirror? Do you see a sinner or a saint? It seems no matter how hard we try, we still sin. Even the Apostle Paul wrote, “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me” (Romans 7:19-20 NKJV). Yet Romans 8:1 says “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

All Christians are saints with Christ living in them. Galatians 2:20 says “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” When God looks at us, he sees His Son, Jesus, who died for us and lives in us. When we look into the spiritual mirror, we should see a ‘Christ’-ian, that is, we see Christ. And when others look at us they should see Christ. We should reflect that light and character to the world around us.

Unlike the character in Quantum Leap, when we look into a physical mirror, we see ourselves, warts and all, but this is a ‘false reflection.’ Unlike ‘fake news’ we need to tweet the true ‘me’ inside, that the Apostle Paul spoke of in Galatians 2. Christ in us—our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27)—that is who we really are!

Prayer
Father in Heaven, help me to reflect Christ in me to the world, to help others and to make a difference in this world through the Holy Spirit.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox

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About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace communion International. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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