In last week’s post, Bold Sinners Saved Freely we discovered our inability to live up to God’s requirements, that God has already met the requirements, and finally, that our relationship to God should be one of gratitude to our Savior. Now we will begin exploring those categories in greater detail. Today, we start with our inability to be righteous.
God requires us to be perfect, “you are to be perfect, even as your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Lev. 19:2). We definitely fail at this (after all, isn’t that why we are here?). As Jeremiah notes “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” and Paul writes “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be”.
But God did not make us this way. We did this to ourselves by choosing sin. When Adam and Eve fell from their righteous state, we fell too. No human could ever be born righteous. Now we must be reborn of the Spirit. But that is a topic for later.
The Big Question
This leads to the big question, Isn’t God unjust towards us? We fell because of decisions our ancestors made, we are required to hold to a standard we did not ask for, and He has promised eternal punishment to any who fail. What kind of loving God is that?
The Secret King
I am sure you already expect the answer to be a resounding NO! You would be right. But why? Though it is absolutely true that in the Fall of Adam and Eve humanity became broken, something else, something more subtle happened. Sin became king.
When God’s command was broken in the garden, the Devil gained dominion over the Earth. And when he gained control, we followed Him. Any time we have ever given into a selfish desire or thought badly of others we acknowledged his rule in our life. We became part of the cancer of sin that infected the world. Paul puts it a different way in Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-“.
Adam and Eve started us down the wrong path, but ultimately we made our own decision to fail God’s standard. A standard God had every right to make since He made us. The inventor is certainly allowed to make the owners manual. Since God is of infinite glory and majesty, disobedience to Him demands infinite (that is, eternal) punishment.
But, our all good God did not leave us in this condition. He gave us a way out to freedom, Jesus Christ. In my next post, we will explore the glory and the wonder the person of Jesus brings to us. Until then, I would love to hear from my readers point of view. Did your parents or pastors ever explain the reason behind our need for salvation? Were their explanations different from the one you read today? Feel free to comment below or send me a private message through my Contact Page.
Until then, “be a sinner and sin boldly, but let your trust in Christ be stronger”. God love you and keep you. Amen.