Aug 19, 2010

the concept of sin and the concept of the conquered sin

...I might have to crack open my GRUDEM at some point to check for other viewpoints on the matter, but this afternoon I was thinking about this idea of SIN. In particular the human tendency to point out the sin of others.

Lets say someone thinks that Jesus Christ has actually died, giving up his life, resulting in the abolition of the Power of Sin and Death... then this person also thinks one of those deathly sins happens to be homosexuality, or any extramarital sexuality.

Wouldn't it stand to reason that the response of said person toward other (fellow) sinners should be to cry out "Join me! Celebrate this victory!" I mean, if they trully belived Jesus had that power. The LAST thing you would think in this scenario would be for this person to ever show any condemnation toward any "sinner" because life would be a cellebration of freedom!

The question that remains in my mind is this, When did sin die? Did it die at the literal cross? Does it die when we repent (contingent on our action?) Or will it die off at the end of this world in an apocalyptic triumph?

Please, feel free to comment!!!!

Matthew 7:3-5 (New International Version)

3"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

1 comment:

  1. Taking pains to point out the sins of another is simply another version of the original sin: pride. It is placing oneself in the role of God who, being perfect, has the right to convict. But even God does not do so as we would think. God lovingly and gently corrects, like a mother.

    In regards to the second question, I like to think that sin suffered a mortal wound on the literal cross, but is still stumbling (think Thrilla in Manilla). The actual dying off (Frazier gets the 10 count) will happen just prior to the new heavens and the new earth.

    Sin certainly has some power, but it isn't contingent on our actions. That would be some kind of works righteousness. I believe God forgives us before we need to be forgiven.