Does Sin Matter In Today’s World?
I often find Christians conflicted about whether or not sin matters in today’s world. I suppose that depends on whether or not you believe that Mosaic law is still relevant now. And there seems to be two opposing opinions on the matter, but allow me to suggest that in fact, both opinions are correct.
How? And yes, I know how it sounds but read a little further.
If you believe the entirety of the Bible, then you must account for both opinions. You can, in fact, earn righteousness with your own efforts through the law by keeping all of its commandments. So, one commandment says “thou shalt not murder, ” and one is left believing that if you don’t kill someone that you’ve kept that commandment but in fact, Jesus redefined that commandment in Matthew 5:22 (AMP)
But I say to you that everyone who continues to be angry with his brother or harbors malice against him shall be guilty before the court; and whoever speaks [contemptuously and insultingly] to his brother, A severe Aramaic insult. ‘Raca (You empty-headed idiot)!’ shall be guilty before the supreme court (Sanhedrin); and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of the A severe Aramaic insult. fiery hell.
In another commandment it says “Thou shalt not commit adultery, ” but once again Jesus took it further in Matthew 5:28 (AMP)
28 but I say to you that everyone who [so much as] looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
I would submit to you that every man or woman has dealt with anger and lust which, under law, means you are guilty of murder and adultery. Because under the law there are no degrees of sin, there is just sin, and all sin is equal.
It is precisely because we are unable to rise to such a high standard that Jesus had to come and die so that we could be set free. So we could be made righteous by adhering to the law If you can somehow make yourself Jesus.
We can receive righteousness as a gift. In Romans 3:23
23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God,24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] I.e. His favor and mercy, extended to man who can do nothing to be worthy of it. It is God’s amazing gift. grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,
Our sins were paid for on the cross completely, and we only need to accept that Jesus died for that purpose to receive the victory He paid for as our sacrifice. But still, some believe we must be justified by right living through the process of sanctification if we receive his grace as a gift… NO!
It also was paid for at the cross!
In Galatians 3:3 Paul writes:
3 Are you so foolish and senseless? Having begun [your new life by faith] with the Spirit, are you now being perfected and reaching spiritual maturity by the flesh [that is, by your own works and efforts to keep the Law]? 4 Have you suffered so many things and experienced so much all for nothing–if indeed it was all for nothing?
5 So then, does He who supplies you with His [marvelous Holy] Spirit and works miracles among you, do it as a result of the works of the Law [which you perform], or because you [believe confidently in the message which you] heard with faith?
6 Just as Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, [as conformity to God’s will and purpose–so it is with you also]. 7 So understand that it is the people who live by faith [with confidence in the power and goodness of God] who are [the true] sons of Abraham. Abraham was justified [declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty] and declared righteous by God on the basis of his faith alone long before the Law and the ritual of circumcision were ever given to Moses.
8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, proclaimed the good news [of the Savior] to Abraham in advance [with this promise], saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9 So then those who are people of faith [whether Jew or Gentile] are blessed and favored by God [and declared free of the guilt of sin and its penalty, and placed in right standing with Him] along with Abraham, the believer.
I would, of course, recommend you read the entirety of Galatians 3 to see it for yourself.
God gave Israel the law to show them that no matter how hard they worked, they would never be righteous through their own efforts. Because we all needed Jesus to be our sacrifice and give us the free gift of righteousness.