Sin | Image Series Part 3
30 March, 2012 § 2 Comments
Let’s face it, sin isn’t a very popular topic to cover. However, when considering that great image in which we have been created it is needful for us to also consider the great trouble that we are in that places us in the paradox of being created in a perfect image, yet also being fallen.
At the heart of all sin is the vain ambition of angels (Isaiah 14:12-14) and men (Ezekiel 28:1-10) to be God and to think, speak, and act accordingly. They say that to be mimicked is the highest form of flattery. Well, God didn’t see it that way. He deemed it rebellion and condemned those who rebelled to eternal death–both those angels who rebelled with Satan and the race of man–represented by and communed through Adam. In Paradise Lost John Milton deems Adam’s fall to be fortunate because of the grace given to man to become right with God (John 1:12) as opposed to Lucifer and his angel’s fall which is void of that grace. This is the overarching predicament we find ourselves faced with when we consider the image that we have been created in. Thus, we are created in the image of God yet marred by sin–both in nature through Adam and by our own volition.
“1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:1-10
We do not have to live lives dominated by sin. Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead declaring His deity so that we might accept Him as our substitute and essentially communicate to Him that we believe that He is God and we are not. Placing your life under the control of the true and living God would be the most important thing you will ever do. What must you do to be saved? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died for your sins and rose from the dead according to the scriptures and you will be saved.