Ep. #061 - The Remedy for Sin
Who is the gospel for? If the gospel is just for unbelievers, what makes us think that we have the power to overcome sin after our profession of faith? The pastors discuss the importance of the gospel as the remedy for sin, both before and after switching our allegiance to Jesus.
The Remedy for Sin
- The remedy for our sin, whether scandalous or acceptable, is the gospel in its widest scope. The gospel is actually a message; here I am using the word gospel as a shorthand expression for the entire work of Christ in His historic life, death, and resurrection for us, and His present work in us through His Holy Spirit. When I say the gospel in its widest scope, I am referring to the fact that Christ, in His work for us and in us, saves us not only from the penalty of sin but also from its dominion or reigning power in our lives. - Bridges, Jerry. Respectable Sins (p.25). The Navigators. Kindle Edition.
- Why do we try to deal with sin on our own terms?
- Why do feel a need to “clean up” before running to Jesus?
The Gospel is for Sinners
- First, the gospel is only for sinners. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (see 1 Timothy 1:15). Most Christians tend to think of the gospel as applicable only to unbelievers who need to be “saved.” Once we trust in Christ, so the thinking goes, the gospel doesn’t apply to us anymore, except to share it with others who are still unbelievers. However, though we truly are saints in the sense of being separated unto God, all of us are still practicing sinners. -Bridges, Jerry. Respectable Sins (p. 26). The Navigators. Kindle Edition.
- Why has the Gospel been relegated to only the unbeliever?
Facing My Sin
- Second, not only does the gospel prepare me to face my sin, it also frees me up to do so. Facing our sin causes us to feel guilty. Of course we feel guilty because we are guilty. And if I believe, consciously or unconsciously, that God still counts my guilt against me, my instinctive sense of self-protection forbids me to acknowledge my sin and guilt, or, at the least, I seek to minimize it. But we cannot begin to deal with a particular manifestation of sin, such as anger or self-pity, until we first openly acknowledge its presence and activity in our lives. So I need the assurance that my sin is forgiven before I can even acknowledge it, let alone begin to deal with it. - Bridges, Jerry. Respectable Sins (pp. 26-27). The Navigators. Kindle Edition.
- Why do we have an aversion the word guilt?
Dealing with My Sin
- Third, the gospel motivates and energizes me to deal with my sin. It is not enough to honestly face our sin. If we are to grow in Christlike character, we must also deal with it. To use a scriptural term, we must “put it to death” (seeRomans 8:13; Colossians 3:5). But as has been well said, the only sin that can be successfully fought against is forgiven sin. We cannot begin to deal with the activity of sin in our lives until we have first dealt with its guilt. So here again we go back to the gospel and its assurance that God through Christ has dealt with our guilt. - Bridges, Jerry. Respectable Sins (p. 27). The Navigators. Kindle Edition.
- How does the assurance of forgiveness encourage us?
- How does the assurance of forgiveness produce thankfulness?
- How does the assurance of forgiveness motivate us to deal with sin?