understanding the faith-sin connection

Sometimes we deceive ourselves into believing the Bible is just too complicated for our limited human minds to comprehend … yes, I realize we do indeed need the work of the Holy Spirit to truly illuminate God’s Word for our own personal understanding.

Yet sometimes God makes Scripture so utterly simple that we are without excuse … at least as far as understanding the truth revealed … even when we don’t actually choose to comply with it.

The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves … For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.  Romans 14:22,23b (ESV)

Interesting how closely intertwined the connection between faith and sin is, isn’t it?

And all this time we thought sin was simply about disobedience … but the greatest thing broken in the garden was … trust.  And one of the greatest things restored by Christ was that trust … in the form of faith.

But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.   Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.  So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.  But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,  for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.  Galatians 3:22-25 (ESV)

Something to consider …

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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