A Little Time With The 1689: Day 117

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Day 117

Of the fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.

Chapter 6, Paragraph 5.

… and although it be through Christ pardoned, and mortified, yet both itself, and the first motions thereof, are truly and properly Sin.

Scripture Lookup

Romans 7:23-25

Galatians 5:17

Reflection

Even after repenting and believing in Christ, the corrupted nature inherited from Adam and Eve still remains with us. As such, although we are regenerated, we still struggle with sin. There are two snares believers can fall into while fighting this battle: forgetting that our sins are pardoned, and forgetting that it is still sin.

In Christ we are forgiven freely, fully, and immediately. Our corrupt nature and our past, present, and future sins have all been paid for through His perfect life and atoning work on our behalf. As we grow in our sanctification, we become more keenly aware of how corrupt we still are. We can easily focus too much on the murky vileness of our sin and fail to gaze upon the clear light of the Gospel.

Arise, my soul, arise,
Shake off thy guilty fears:
The bleeding Sacrifice
In my behalf appears:
Before the Throne my Surety stands,
My name is written on his hands.

-Charles Wesley

Rather than despairing too much of sin, some may fall into the other extreme: forgetting that we are still corrupt and that sin is still despicable. When we focus on grace so much that we no longer strive to keep God’s commands, then we cheapen the cost paid for our sin. When we are dismissive of our transgressions with a “God will forgive me” attitude, we take His mercy for granted.

Ye who think of sin but lightly
Nor suppose the evil great
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the Sacrifice appointed,
See who bears the awful load;
‘Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man and Son of God.

-Thomas Kelly

Christian, do not be trite with your sin. It is a horrid reality that you will continue to sin in this life. Yet constantly look to Christ, and praise Him for what He has done for you. Praise Him for what He continues to do for you through the Spirit, and praise Him that He will one day remove all corruption from your being.

Questions to Consider

  • Are you prone to brood upon your sin, or to treat it too lightly?

A Little Time With The 1689: Day 116

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Day 116

Of the fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.

Chapter 6, Paragraph 5.

This corruption of nature, during this Life, doth remain in those that are regenerated:

Scripture Lookup

Romans 7:18,23

Ecclesiastes 7:20

1 John 1:8

Reflection

Repent, believe, and never sin again. Sounds good, doesn’t it? There are groups that do believe that Christians can reach a state of perfection in this life. But Scripture does not teach such a doctrine. While those in Christ are a new creation, and no longer slaves to sin, the corrupted nature inherited from Adam and Eve still remains. The Christian life is marked by a struggle with sin.

Oftentimes we read about the remaining corruption of sin in the believer, and we recognize it in ourselves. Yes, although we are called to holiness I still sin; yes, my struggle with sin is why Jesus came; yes, He has forgiven me and yes, He is sanctifying me. But do we recognize the same in our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? Do we acknowledge that although they are called to holiness, they still sin? Do we realize that Jesus came due to their struggle with sin? That they are forgiven by Him, and are being sanctified by Him? May we be careful to be gracious with other Christians, knowing that they also are not perfect.

So as Christians, we press onward while fighting the corruption that remains in us. Thankfully, we are not alone in the fight. God Himself is renewing us, and it is by His strength that we are able to overcome. May we continue to lean upon Him and not ourselves, knowing that He is the only One who can change our fallen nature.

Questions to Consider

  • As a Christian, are you surprised when you sin?