Sin – Christ – Redemption

“Man’s concept of sin has a direct bearing and influence upon his understanding of the need and nature of salvation. Low thoughts never produce high thoughts of God. The Biblical concept of sin is a kind of rule by which we measure the necessity of a Saviour. The revelation of the loathsomeness of the sin God hates, brings with it a realization of a divine deliverance. And such is the rich and full provision for sin God has made, that its power can be nullified. The Holy Spirit makes it so clear that Christ alone is able to counteract the evil of the old nature by the implantation of a new nature.

Redemption is a work of undoing and in nothing does the glory of our Saviour appear clearer than in the way He deals with the havoc wrought by sin.”

Romans 5:20 “…where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…

Christ came into the world to save sinners. He died for our sins, according to the Scriptures.

He bore our CurseGalatians 3:17 Sin brought a curse upon the sinner. At Calvary, the guilt of sin was dealt with and forever cancelled by the merit of Christ’s atoning work.

He Provided our Cleansing1 John 1:9 Sin defiles, but through His shed blood, Christ is able to make the vilest clean. He alone can make the black heart of a sinner white as snow.

He is our DelivererJohn 10:28, Revelation 1:5 Sin enslaves, but Christ emancipates the ensnared sinner.

He Remakes Us2 Corinthians 5:17 The intrusion of sin marred God’s handiwork and ruined His plan for mankind. Through grace, the believing sinner is remade.

He Replaces the Old LifeEphesians 4:22 Sin makes us bad in every way. But Jesus died to make us good; such goodness all of grace. God does not evolve the new life out of the old, but imparts a new man/women altogether.

He is the TruthJohn 14:6, 16:13 Satan is a liar and the father of lies, but Christ came as the Truth. Therefore, the heart of the Father is gladdened as His children walk in the truth. (3 John 4)

He is the LightJohn 1:9, 9:5 The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin. Christ offers Himself as the Light of the world.

He is RestMatthew 11:28 Sin disturbs the soul, robbing it of peace and tranquillity. To all who are oppressed by the burden of sin, Christ offers Himself as rest.

He is SatisfactionLuke 1:53 Sin brings emptiness. The pleasures if offers are empty and do not satisfy. Jesus offers the bankrupt sinner unsearchable riches of His grace.

Christ has made full provision for the guilt and government of sin. Through his atoning work, He is able to save from the penalty of sin.

Hallelujah – what a Saviour!

Herbert Locker, The Doctrines of the Bible; The Remedy for Sin, page 156

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5 responses to “Sin – Christ – Redemption

  1. Soli deo gloria

    Thanks Don.
    I don’t know about you, but I think the real problem that we all have is not just our low view of sin, but our redefinition (or at least re- justification to ourselves) of what sin is. The things WE don’t think are important, we excuse in ourselves. The things that OTHERS are guilty of in our eyes becomes to us the epitomy of the very worst sins.

    There is a great deal of value in reading through the Old Testament (thanks again for the YouVersion tip!), because I am faced with the detail, and the specific and particular nature of all that God says is sin. God has not changed, neither has His response to sin changed. If we think that just because we are saved by God’s matchless grace we can laugh about sin and treat it lightly, we are deluded, and our thinking has been perverted. He says ‘I am the Lord, I change not’ Malachi 3:6. We should be thankful for that. We should also be very careful.

    John Owen provided a very important legacy to all believers, when he said: ‘be killing sin, or sin will be killing you’. This is a hard but faithful saying. I don’t find it at all easy to deal with my sin. I feel as if many who name the name of Christ undermine my poor struggles against sin with enticements to relax and take it easy.

    It also seems that sin is commonly redefined as ‘lifestyle’, but there is nevertheless a stench of death about this, but it seems that many are taken in and soon they start dying too.

    All this will be revealed in the last day. Did we imagine we could claim to be redeemed by Christ’s precious blood, and at the same time baulk at the things He defines as sin, abhorent in His eyes.

    Thanks for this timely reminder, Don.

  2. Thanks for this addition to the post – there is so much we could write on the subject.

    Strangely, in many Australian churches today – one never hears anything about sin.

    A couple of years ago, I was involved in a conversation with a woman that chided me for even talking about sin. “No one will come to Christ if you talk about sin”, she argued, “People need to learn about God’s love!”

    My response – Why do we need a Saviour if we are not sinners?

    • Soli Deo Gloria

      I think we are living in a part of the Christian world which is rapidly becoming biblically illiterate. Other religions know their ‘holy books’ better than believers know their Bibles – and this is all without any real persecution. We have given it away. If it is used at all, the Bible is often used as a bit of a charm. I remember discovering ‘promise boxes’ and thinking ‘how cool’ that was. Its not though is it? Many believers treat the Scriptures as their comfort box, and for that reason stay away from the hard parts of the Old Testament which are absolutely essential before we can make any sense of Christ’s sacrifice for sin.

      We need a proper healthy diet as Christians. Many believers feed their pets better than their souls.

      Once again, thankyou for introducing me to the electronic Scripture daily reading plan. I have been plodding through Leviticus, and now I’m in Numbers. Its not always easy, but somehow the Lord has something to say in every part. This is the Word that God the Holy Spirit inspired, and rekindles its message in our own reading.

      SDG

  3. SDG, as you know, I’m just a few weeks ahead of you in the same Bible reading plan.

    Yes, Numbers can be a little tedious in places, but oh how it underlines the sinful nature of man even in the face of God’s outpoured blessings. And more remarkably, how it shows us God’s character – His justice – His mercy – His grace.

  4. If our readers have missed the post on the Bible Reading Plan referred to in this thread, I point them to the post, Nothing Special About a Bible Reading Plan, and to the link to YouVersion in the right column.

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