The reason why we sin directly relates to how we see God. We think God is not enough to fill and satisfy us, then why we try to satisfy ourself with the other things. Other things are so tempting and seemed to provide the answer to satisfy our longing for happiness. However, they only warrant false promise where they only parched our thirsty lips as we consumed them. The other things only enslaved us and estranged us deeper and deeper into self-centered individual. As we see God is not potent to provide us with our needs, then we stray away from God to be on our own. Sin express our deepest desires that stems from our theology, on how we view God. Then, the Bible seemed insignificant to us as we see His promises are just a mere words. This is the beginning of the period where the devils throw their fiery darts even more fiercely.
The devils attack us with condemnation to stir up a sense guilt and worthless in our heart. No matter what we do, the sense of shame could not be washed away. Then, we keep thinking how we could gain significance in our lives through achievements, dress-codes, talents show-offs. But, none of them could really give us the true meaning of life. Each of us has our own view about God and this life. Whether we profess it with our mouth whether we are theologian or not, it does not really matter. Our theology shapes our life and the way we trapped in sin reflects how we view God. Our relationship with God is the driver of our walks in this life. Even though we confess ourself as Christians do not necessarily mean we are in right standing with God.
We are justified and counted as right people because of Jesus’ work on the Cross. The historical fact that He was nailed to the cross is the truth that gives a basis for our theology. We could see and know God because Jesus has opened the barriers that hinder us from interacting with God. Our theology is renewed through the transformative power of Christ. Through Jesus’ love, power and wisdom we could see the results manifested in our life. Joy, peace, patience and other characters of Divine Jesus manifested in our life as we grow in our faith in Jesus. Sin becomes repulsive as the new affection of Christ becomes compulsive. This is the new power so we could express our newfound gratitude of this life through our deeds. We are freed from our old self. The freedom of sin meaning thinking less about ourself, just as Tim Keller puts it. We are transformed into a new creation through God’s washing and regenerative power of His words in the Bible.
I would like to close with a quote from Smith Wigglesworth sermon:
A man gave this remarkable testimony concerning the Word: “Never compare this Book with other books. Comparisons are dangerous. Never think or never say that this Book contains the Word of God. It is the Word of God. It is supernatural in origin, eternal in duration, inexpressible in value, infinite in scope, regenerative in power, infallible in authority, universal in interest, personal in application, inspired in totality. Read it through. Write it down. Pray it in. Work it out. And then pass it on.”