"I" Am The Problem

"I" Am The Problem

   What is sin? While that question may seem obvious to some, for most it has become a question convoluted with the philosophical ideals of men who define truth to fit their own personal reality. So while looking at pornography is wrong to some for others it is ok, because in their reality what pleases them is good. Forget the fact that many lives are ruined both inside and outside the industry. The momentary pleasure comes at great cost, both to the user and to those providing the service.

   However, philosophies of men aren’t the only blame for the confusion that surrounds defining sin. The church, with its lists of do’s and don’ts, is just as guilty. For their list of rules becomes a way to put their own righteousness on display apart from God. People who, “Follow the rules”, tend to judge others who don’t, heaping condemnation, guilt and shame upon them, keeping them from God rather than bring them to Him. This is one of the main reasons Jesus dealt so harshly with the religious leaders.(They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.) I wonder how shocked the church would be if Jesus were to come and start turning over our “money tables”? But I digress.

   According to Paul in Romans 3:9, sin isn’t something we do, but something we are under.

What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.” (Romans 3:9, NKJV)

In other words we are in submission to sin, under its power; whether we accept the law of God or not, all have sinned and are under the power of sin. That is the point Paul is trying to bring across in chapter 3 of Romans, and why he proclaims the Gospel to be the power of God for salvation in chapter 1:16-17.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”” (Romans 1:16–17, NKJV)

   If I were to give sin a simple definition I would say it is self. This past weekend a speaker asked us what the opposite of Love is. The obvious answer was hate, but he told us we were wrong. The opposite of love is self. Others have pointed out that the middle letter in sin is “I”. We all, both religious and non-religious (Jew and Greek) need to come to the place of saying, ““I” am the problem and “I” don’t have the power to do anything about it. God help me!”

   The good news is He does help the one who cries out to Him. For Paul goes on to say,

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.” (Romans 3:21–22, NLT)

   Love is on display as Jesus hangs on the cross, forsaking self for others. Are you hanging your faith on the work of God – the great I AM and the cross of Christ, or some man made philosophy or religion whose only power is to keep you under sin? Eternity is at stake. 

Do You Believe God?
BE RECONCILED TO GOD
 

Comments 2

Guest - Britt on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 18:59

What a powerful reminder filled with grace and truth.. To truly love Christ and others is to die to ourselves.. And in turn it allows Him in His incredible kindness, to remove us from the umbrella of sin. Praise the Lord. And Give us grace Father to die to ourselves.. To give You our fleshly desires and self centered thoughts daily.

What a powerful reminder filled with grace and truth.. To truly love Christ and others is to die to ourselves.. And in turn it allows Him in His incredible kindness, to remove us from the umbrella of sin. Praise the Lord. And Give us grace Father to die to ourselves.. To give You our fleshly desires and self centered thoughts daily.
Guest - Pastor John on Friday, 15 January 2016 19:57

Thank You Britt, for reading and commenting. That encourages me.

Thank You Britt, for reading and commenting. That encourages me.
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