Left to Its Own Devices
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
We have to be honest: Not all of God’s promises are exciting! For example, God makes some promises about what sin does to us – and they do not make for pleasant reading! But we are foolish not to listen to what God says about it and its consequences.
The Bible sums up the consequences of sin in a number of ways: it says, for example, that it puts us out of relationship with God; that it makes us slaves to our actions and habits, so we cannot stop doing things we know are wrong, even if we want to; that it renders us helpless, incapable of doing anything about our situation, even though we might want to. But one of the worst things is that, through sin, "this people’s heart has become calloused" (Matthew 13:15); that is, hard and insensitive. We no longer have a conscience about the thoughts we have or the things we do, and what used to trouble us does so no more. So, sin has done its dirtiest trick: it has got us to do wrong and then hardened our hearts so we don’t even feel bad about it!
But even worse is to follow! For ultimately, left to its own devices, this disease leads inexorably to death – for every single one of us. The Bible sees death as, not merely an inevitable end to life, but the direct consequence of sin. And, as a result of that sin, death itself is followed – not by "nothing" – but by judgment.
Thankfully, this is not the end of God’s promises! For God has also promised that there is a way out from all of this. God Himself has provided the answer; for by means of Christ’s death on the cross our whole condition is changed. Sin need no longer be left to its own devices – and nor need we. Today, let’s take hold of God’s promises that, through Christ, our sin has been completely dealt with and that it need no longer reign over us.
For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
© Copyright 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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