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The Purpose of Sin (7 of 10)
Series: Revelation of Grace
Anytime grace is taught as the Bible presents it, this question almost always comes up. I’ve never had anyone say that the scriptures I’ve presented in this study are not saying what they appear to be saying. Instead, people fall back to human reasoning and say, ''If that’s true, people will feel justified in sin and will sin more.'' Let’s answer this objection with Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
As stated previously, the ways of God seem foolish to the natural mind. How can sin be completely removed, once and for all, and it not cause us to rejoice in sin?
What people are actually saying is, ''I don’t believe God has given us a new nature, and I don’t believe the Spirit has the power to transform us without intimidating us with fear and guilt.''
The church is obsessed with sin when it should be obsessed with righteousness. The revelation of sin serves an important role in the lives of those outside of faith, but has no power over those who walk by faith.
Because sin is misunderstood by Christians, it is necessary to explore this topic more fully. We need to understand what the role of sin is, and why it decreases once we are delivered to Christ. Sin must decrease when faith increases. Not understanding these truths becomes a hindrance to faith.
Let’s review a few scriptures that help lay the groundwork for understanding sin. We are going to use a lot of scripture in this study, and my hope is that once we are done, you’ll understand why sin was necessary to point us to Christ, and why sin is irrelevant to those who are in Christ. If that sounds odd to you, I believe you’ll be blessed by what we’re about to explore.
We have already looked at how Jesus never called a guilty person a sinner, but always confronted the reli ...
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