Who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father . . .
It’s a great disservice to Christ when we minimize the seriousness and dreadfulness of sin, especially in light of His all-sufficient cure. It’s one thing to pay someone’s $1,000 debt; it’s quite another thing to pay someone’s $1,000,000,000 debt—the greater the payment, the greater the glory of His grace.
Additionally, it’s also a major disservice when we have a greater emphasis on sin than on the Savior. While we should never lessen the reality of sin, the emphasis should always be on Jesus’ all-sufficiency to save and sanctify. He should be preeminent in everything.
I grew up in a church with such an inordinate emphasis. The Ten Commandments are read each Sunday morning, confronting the people with their sins, while there’s no designated segment for the proclamation of the gospel. To highlight the disease without adequately emphasizing the cure isn’t only detrimental to the people, but it also undermines the proclamation of God’s grace.
No matter what your sins, Jesus gave Himself for them. That includes all the sins you commit today and throughout the rest of your life. Did you know that you continuously sin? Your love, obedience, trust, and gratitude aren’t what they should be, right?
Nevertheless, while you ought to know that, you shouldn’t dwell on it. Rather, the reality of your present-day sins is the means to glorify Jesus for His perfect righteousness and sacrificial death. He freely gave Himself for your forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration—your eternal bliss.
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