Sin as God's Grace

Dowd Simpson

07 Dec, 2016

I think that the Holy Spirit’s revelation of the sin in our lives is actually a gift of grace from God the Father. For one, the awareness of the Spirit is our seal given by God after hearing the gospel of salvation and is the guarantee of our inheritance through Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:13-14). We know that the Spirit is at work within us, whispering conviction and drawing us into repentance. The acknowledgement of that sin brings us to the foot of the cross. The admittance of sin bring us into communication with God. The repentance of sin brings us into communion with God as we rely solely on Him for what we cannot do in our own strength: to turn away from the desires of our flesh and toward the things God.

God knew we would run from Him. It was as if in this knowing He decided to display His glory in yet another act of undeserved grace, mercy and kindness. It is in God’s infinite kindness and mercy that He reveals our sin. It is actually kind that He would reveal our own wickedness to us, not for our shame, but for our good. For all things work together for the good of those who have been called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28), even our sins. Because in doing so, God is drawing us back into relationship with Him. He is drawing us back to Himself. In revealing our sin He shows us our need for a savior, our need for The Savior, Jesus. 

Christians, we are in a cycle of running and returning. Continued renewal of relationship through the revelation of sin, the need for forgiveness by the substitutionary atonement of Jesus, and the act of repentance, thus drawing us back into communion with God. Jesus is the one who restored relationship for sinful humans to approach the throne of grace of God the Father. We do nothing to earn our salvation. But, the continued awareness of God’s act of indescribable kindness on the cross and thusly the act of grace given to us, shows us we deserve nothing and therefore should take a permanent posture of gratitude, even toward the revelation of our sin. The act of revelation itself. Not sin itself.

We are by nature sinners, born with the condition to sin, we will fall again and again. But He is able and can help keep you from stumbling and present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy (Jude 1:24). We will sin. We will not be perfected until we are with Jesus in heaven (Philippians 1:6). But rather than crushing under the weight of guilt, rejoice in the awareness of the Spirit at work within you and the chance again to return in humility with thanksgiving to the foot of the cross of our Lord and Savior.

Continue to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13).