Everyone was going to be punished because Adam sinned. But because of the good thing that Christ has done, God accepts us and gives us the gift of life. -Romans 5:18
Have you ever been so deep into a mess that you thought there is no recovery from this? I got myself into this mess, and there’s no way out? Sometimes we try to classify our sin into little sins and big sins mistakenly thinking that God will overlook the little ones as mere indiscretions. I mean really shouldn’t He be spending more time on the people with more significant issues?
Well, no…actually all sin according to James 2:10 is sin to God and deserves rebuke and redirection. In our younger married life, I will admit I was the spender side of our marriage while my husband is more the saver type. Over time I came to see that by being at odds with my husband over our finances was not only being disrespectful to him but it was disobedient to God. All disobedience is sin…it doesn’t matter if you go to church every Sunday, attend Bible Study and Sunday School. God cannot show impartiality because He has to be ultimately concerned with our heart condition (Romans 2:11). Why? We cannot fully appreciate and receive the righteousness He wants for us when our hearts are not right.
Thankfully Jesus already took care of our heart condition! A full reading of Romans 5 has a lot of words ending in -tion. When I look at the -tions I see a process. Even though we may have sin in our lives, this passage gives us a process for good to come from the situation. After all, it is not God’s desire that we die in our sin. I absolutely love the visual of 2 Corinthians 2:14 where the Word says that He desires that His knowledge is diffused through us. I love the way my lavender candle diffuses a calming presence in my home. Can you imagine us diffusing the essence of God everywhere we go throughout the day!
Yet, some days we don’t meet the mark. But God has provided a process to get to reconciliation so that we can live in His marvelous grace every day. Mind you, each of these terms are deep biblical doctrines and I encourage you to study them more at your leisure. This is my take on them and how I interpret them as I do as the late Prince would say “dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” Let’s take a look at the process.
Every day we will face a condition. Just the mere fact of living on this side of heaven, we’ll be tempted every day by sin. Some days, it’s great, and we don’t succumb. But if you’re like me, I fall short most days. It’s important to look in the mirror daily to access my sinful condition and confess it. It’s not a failing; it’s simply part of the process.
As believers, our salvation is assured. However, being saved doesn’t give us a pass to live with our sinful condition. Sanctification is implied in this passage as well. Sanctification is a daily process and a by product of our salvation. Every day we have to work on it by trying to refine our old behaviors into Christ-like behaviors. We can do this through the power of the Holy Spirit which was given to us at salvation. In my own power, I didn’t have the will to change my bad spending habits…that took the power of the Holy Spirit to change my heart.
Justification, to me, means that I don’t have to beat myself up for not being a super-Saint! Hallelujah! When Jesus died on the cross, that work alone made me “okay” in the sight of God. Aren’t you glad about that?! Because without His work on the cross, I’d still be trying to work my way into worthiness and that’s just not possible, regardless of how pious we try to be.
I have two adult children. There is no better feeling that when I see them walk down the hallway from their arriving flight or when they walk in the door to our house. All is right with my world then. We are family. We are together. Nothing can separate us. This is how I imagine it must feel to God when we get to this stage of the process. He’s standing there smiling and welcoming us with welcome arms. This is the end He saw at the beginning of the process. He saw the good.
Application: Adam wasn’t the only one who sinned. What sin do you need to confess and ask God to help you overcome?
Prayer: God, Thank you for the process. I pray that when I willfully step into sin that You will bring it to my attention quickly. Let the Holy Spirit so convict me that I immediately focus on the wrong and seek Your face for restoration. I pray that as I grow in You that I will have a heart for what could break my fellowship with You. Let me seek only those things that please you.