Garland Of Grace – 03.26.17

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The Four C’s of Sin

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.” – Romans 5:12

Most people do not like to ponder the subject of sin, but whether we want to admit it or not, sin is a part of life.  The Bible makes it clear that every person a sinner (Romans 3:10, 3:23).  We are complete and utter depraved creatures naturally corrupt with seething sewage of sin.  But whether we like to think about sin or even talk about sin, it is something that cannot be ignored and it must be reckoned with. We on our own can do nothing about our sinful state.  The only way our sin can be dealt with is by the atoning work of Christ. This means that the only way we can truly have victory over our sin is to embrace the victory Christ won for us over sin at Calvary. To help us ponder sin a little deeper, may I suggest to you what I refer to the four C’s of sin

To begin with, there is the confession of sin. John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I heard a preacher describe 1 John 1:9 as the Christian’s bar of soap. What comfort there is to know that confession brings cleansing! But what really is confession?  Confession is agreement with God that something you have done is wrong and is sin. To confess your sin is to agree with God about our sin.  I like what Johnny Hunt said; “If you think wrong about what you did wrong, you don’t think anything is wrong.”  Pastor Bailey Smith put it best when he said, “Any sin we cover, God uncovers. Any sin we uncover, God, Covers.”

The second C for us to consider pertaining to sin is the cleansing from sin. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us.” This is the very thing that God wants to do in our lives. He wants to give us a spiritual bath!  He desires to clean up our lives. Yet we must be willing to take a bath.  Only when we receive the cleansing of God can we live fruitful, productive lives.  This inward cleansing becomes evident in our outward living.

The third C pertaining to sin is the change from Sin. John 8:36 says, “If the Son will make you free, and you will be free indeed.” I believe that when He frees you, He really frees you. He gives you new direction by giving your life an “about-face.”  You will no longer want to live your old way of living, because He will give you a new set of “want-to’s” and what you want to do will change!

The fourth C in relation to sin is control over sin.  John 7:37-38 tells us that, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come to me, and drink. He that believes on me, as the scripture says, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” This is a direct reference to the promise of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity that dwells within every believer. When you are gloriously saved by God, and He opens your eyes to the gospel, the Holy Spirit comes and indwells you. And at that moment of conversion, the transformational process begins in your life. With the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, you are now under the control of the Holy Spirit, and not under the influence and control of sin. The Holy Spirit helps you avoid sin and guide you the direction the Lord would have you to go.

Have you explored these four C’s of sin?  If not, something needs to be done about your spiritual condition and done so in a radical way. It would be most beneficial for you to take time out today and ponder upon these four C’s of Sin. Ask God to give you the eyes to see and the ears to hear these glorious truths from God’s Word.

 – Pastor Eric

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