While sins of commission are often blatant and deliberate—transgressing a known law or command—sins of omission can be subtle and sneaky. We may not even realize that we have failed to do what God commands. While I might not ever commit adultery, for example, I could easily fail to love my wife as Christ loved the church (Eph. 5:25).
James 4:12 is clear that when we know the right thing to do, but fail to do it, that is sin.…
2 Corinthians 5:21 ‘God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.’
1. Some think that Paul means that Christ was made a sin-offering. This is supported by Paul use elsewhere of sacrificial terminology to bring out the meaning of Christ’s death, Rom 3:25; 1 Cor 5:7; and by the use of the same word in Lev 4:24 and 5:21 (LXX) for ‘sin’ and ‘sin-offering’. …
D. A. Carson quotes Richard Topping:
“Remember we live in a time when six of the seven deadly sins are medical conditions—and pride is a virtue.”
Reading this, I hurried to remind myself of the list of seven sins Here it is:
Yes, it’s true: we’ve turned all but one into a disease. And the last we’ve turned into a virtue. We’re not guilty; we’re ill. We’re not culprits; we’re victims. …
You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;
with you the wicked cannot dwell.
the arrogant cannot stand in your presence;
you hate all who do wrong.
The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.
Writing in Hard Sayings of the Bible, Old Testament scholar Walter Kaiser comments:
‘Our problem with any description of God’s displeasure with sin, unrighteousness or wickedness is that we define all anger as Aristotle defined it: “the desire for retaliation.”…
‘With God all things are possible’ (Matthew 19:26). ‘Nothing is impossible with God’ (Luke 1:37)
So why doesn’t God simply forgive sinners, without need of any atonement? Why can’t he just let bygones be bygones?
After all, he can do anything, can’t he?
Well, setting aside the obviously absurd (God cannot create a two-sided triangle), we note with Puritan Thomas Brooks that there are three things that God cannot do:- he cannot die; he cannot lie; and he cannot deny himself.…
Our ‘better story’ for sex and marriage begins as we are welcomed into God’s reality.
Five truths underpin this.
1. God has spoken. We no longer have to strive to construct our our ‘reality’. God has spoken in his Son and in his Scriptures.
2. We are God’s creatures. This is his reality, not ours. Our nature and purpose need to be understood in the light of our creaturely dependence on him.
3. We flourish when we work with the grain of God’s reality. …