The โ€œSโ€ Word

โ€œThis righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,…โ€ Rom 3:22-23 (NIV)

No one ever wants to be called a sinner. When a lot of people hear the word โ€œsinโ€, they think of things like rape, murder, theft; โ€œEvilโ€ things. So you hear people say things like, โ€œI donโ€™t think Iโ€™m a sinner, Iโ€™m a pretty good person. I havenโ€™t killed anyone and I donโ€™t steal or cheatโ€. This, however, is a pretty myopic view of sin. According to Selwyn Hughes, โ€œa sinner is someone who is estranged from God and who maintains a rebellious, resistant and independent attitude towards Himโ€. Sin, basically, is living your life independent of God and in disobedience to Him; That’s it. It doesnโ€™t matter how good or well behaved you think you are generally, you canโ€™t cancel out sin by doing a million good things- โ€œfor the wages of sin is death…โ€ (Rom 6:23). The price of the sin must be paid.

A lot of churches and Christians shy away from teaching about sin because it seems to be such an uncomfortable topic. The mood of the present age is to challenge people less over issues, and a big part of the church is now striving to be politically correct to the detriment of the integrity of the scriptures. But to not talk about sin is to ignore the cost of Calvary. โ€œFor God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his bloodโ€ (Rom 3:25, NLT). Jesus literally gave his life to pay for sin on our behalf so that we might be reconciled to God.
To not talk about it is to not talk about the foundation of our Christian faith.
To not talk about it is to ignore the greatest gift ever given to us by God.

We read from Rom 6:23 earlier; the full verse says, โ€œfor the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lordโ€
โ€œFor God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal lifeโ€ (John 3:16).

Jesus died for our sins and is only through His death that we are saved and made righteous before God. Salvation is a gift. Itโ€™s not something we earn by doing good deeds and itโ€™s one that you need to accept if you havenโ€™t already.

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