That you Lord would be glorified, even in my sin. “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” (Romans 7:18) “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” (Mark 10:18)
Constant, that is what sin is, it does not go away, it permeates us as much as the curse that the Lord laid on the earth when Adam sinned curses it, we are sinful. One of the various reasons that man cannot comprehend God properly is because of sin, it hinders our perfect sight, as it were, it denies us complete and continuous holiness, it is why it was necessary for the Lord to place Moses in the cleft of the rock, (Exo. 33:22) it is the reason for 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Sin doesn’t end until we are glorified and the sin nature is removed from us.
I have met people that deny they sin, and I have met those who probably repeat that verse a thousand times a day, neither of them understands sin perfectly, perhaps none of us do. The goal of far too many Christians is to become sinless, an impossibility in this life, yet the wrath of God does not abide on us, His grace does. We cannot be sinless, yet we are called to be holy, (1 Peter 1:16) so by these very statements there arises the truth that effort must be put forth on our part, but in what way, how are we to be what we cannot be.
When we determine to submit to the will of the Lord, we must do so without reservations, what He says is what we are to do, and so we must not only read the Word of God, we must not only contemplate it, we must submit to what it says, to who God is and not our interpretation of Him. Here is the root of every church and religious organization upon the face of the earth, their interpretation of the Scriptures, and it is why there is so much contention among the brethren, it is why we war with each other.
Paul spoke of this in 1 Corinthians 1:12 when he asked the people why they were following him or Apollos or Cephas, Christ, and so the statements here are true, for Paul and Apollos spoke of the same Christ, yet there were divisions. Different interpretations of the Scriptures is the reason that there are perhaps several “Evangelical” churches in your area, and in many cases the substructure of those beliefs, those interpretations are so minute as to be ridiculous, but yet, there are contentions. Sin keeps us from seeing clearly, for clearly someone is wrong, or there would be only one denomination on this planet.
Now the question must arise, is it sin that keeps us from the truth, or is it a lack of proper interpretation, why did one say Paul, and another say Apollos, when the same message was given from both men, why do people that have attended the same church for years not agree about certain contexts within the Scriptures, why does one pastor teach a different version of a verse than the preacher down the street, and more importantly, why have so many agreed to disagree, for when that happens, it can only mean one thing, someone is unequally yoked. (2 Cor. 6:14)
Submission to the will and Word of God is the one and only great desire of the man of God, for he seeks nothing in this life but the glory of God, but I do not believe that many truly desire to know the truth as set forth in the Scriptures, or there would be no contentions, and the reason for those contentions? The sin that blinds us from the truth.
The finite can never understand the infinite, sin can never comprehend righteousness fully, those who are being sanctified cannot see yet what only the glorified can see. Here is where truth, even the truths of the Word of God become relative, here is where we fall into error, and until we are able to see through that dark glass clearly, (1 Cor. 13:12) we will continue thus.
2 thoughts on “The Dark Glass”
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
Couple of instances in the bible where Jesus said,
“Go and sin no more,” here Jesus was not speaking of sinless perfection and if anyone “says they do not sin” they are a liar, 1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us,
but on the contrary another person will use the same verse to justify his position for his sin.
Someone once said that “The Word of God is where we can always find our answers”, But when the bible clearly states some sins as sin and if they still continue in that, they have wasted the opportunity to make a better choice!
“Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means.
A genuine Christian will not “deliberately continue” in that sin.
And if there is a conviction of sin,
1 John 3:20-21 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
Well said Stanley. The longer we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, not the longer we are saved, determines how well we serve Him. As we grow in Him, even the smallest of sins we see as dishonoring to Him. “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” Hebrews 11:16
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