The wages of sin…
June 13th, 2019
Remember the movie from about a decade or so ago that had a theme of “Greed is Good”…
I never really got into that movie at all, but it was fairly popular, what we are going to discuss today isn’t likely to be a enthusiastically embraced as the theme of that movie, but from God’s perspective, Guilt is Good.
Odds are the bulk of us read this and think, where on earth is this devotional going, but stop and consider for a few minutes and you’ll quickly come to the conclusion that this is in fact true.
In fact the entire Old Testament carries the basic premise that man is sinful and corrupt and requires God’s intervention to make him acceptable to God.
This isn’t limited to just the law in the Old Testament, but the law is the clearest illustration of this concept.
For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But the scripture imprisoned everything and everyone under sin so that the promise could be given – because of the faithfulness of Jesus Christ – to those who believe.
Galatians 3:21-22 (NET)
The law wasn’t given to us to create righteousness. The law’s intent is to show humanity we are ‘guilty’ of offences against God. Guilty as sin, so to speak!
Without that guilt there would be no cause for repentance. There would be no need for faith. No assurance, because we would be self-assured that we are all ‘good’ people. The fact is, we aren’t!
What the law does for us is clearly show us we need a savior, we require repentance, and we are incapable of doing ‘God a favor’. We aren’t that worthy. We aren’t worthy at all and there is no righteousness in and of ourselves. It only the result of Christ Jesus’ redemptive intervention about two thousand years ago, in which he took upon himself the collective sins of the entire earth for all time.
Without the law, we wouldn’t understand that we need that grace that he pours out on us each and every day. The effectiveness of the law showing us our guilt is beyond profound. The impact of grace on that guilt is miraculous.
This isn’t something just made clear in the New Testament only. The Old Testament spelled it out too.
Come, letʼs consider your options,” says the Lord. “Though your sins have stained you like the color red, you can become white like snow; though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet, you can become white like wool.
Isaiah 1:18 (NET)
“Come, letʼs consider your options”, makes it clear we have only to consider our guilt to realize that we have but one option which is capable of us measuring up to God’s standard.
It doesn’t end with conversion
Guilt serves a purpose beyond conversion and allowing us to see the value of passing from death to life.
Guilt is the motivating factor that compels us to repent of our sins.
If you thought once you got saved suddenly, we would find ourselves fully compliant to the will of God. We don’t obey all the directives. Most of us don’t obey even reasonably. The real story is that the bulk of us should find ourselves repenting almost daily.
If we get to a place where we don’t feel the need to repent, then we should be trembling in fear. That would mean that the link between the Holy Spirit and us would be suspended.
If I had harbored sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
Psalms 66:18 (NET)
Our communication is hampered by active sin in our lives. Guilt tells us of that sin, so we have a reason to address it, turn away from it, and to progress in the directions of his aspirations for us.
It seems so many don’t have a conscious notion of the sin in their lives anymore.
Guilt is Good! There isn’t any doubt about it. Without it we would have no call to action. Without it we wouldn’t see our sin and depravity.
In the Grace of Jesus!