September 18th 2010

My Fault

Lessons From The Conversion Of Paul
3rd of 4 studies

“…how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it”
Galatians 1:13 (NIV UK)

“Satan made me do it”, a Christian told me once. He was talking about his act of adultery. The thought was that, even though he knew what he had done, in the grand scheme of things he was not ultimately responsible: it was all Satan’s fault.

Ever since Adam told God that really it was God’s fault that he ate the forbidden fruit because God put woman in Eden, and Eve said ‘the serpent deceived me” (Genesis 3:12-13), we have sought to shift the blame for our sin. The argument was expanded in the time of Ezekiel to include the concept of generational sin: that is, that our sins and their results may be blamed on our ancestors. Ezekiel explained that we alone are responsible for the wrongs we commit. “The soul who sins is the one who dies” (Ezekiel 18:20).

Paul takes full responsibility for his own sins. When Jesus asks him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4), Paul doesn’t say “I didn’t do it” or “it was their fault” or “Satan made me do it”. Instead Paul admits that he tried to destroy the church. He reminds all Christians, “we ourselves are sinners” (Galatians 2:17). Although he understands fully that Satan seeks to “outwit us” negatively (2 Corinthians 2:11), Paul accepts the blame for his own sin and knows that it has been covered by God’s grace.

What about you? Do you blame others for your sins? Do you lay the fault at Satan’s door?

Own up to God. Admit the sin, and accept his loving forgiveness.

Prayer
Compassionate Father, “I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight”. Thank you that “as far as the east is from the west” so far you have removed my transgressions from me. (Psalms 51:3-4; 103:12).  In Jesus’ name
Amen

Study by James Henderson 

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