Sin Because You’re a Sinner or a Sinner Because You Sin?

Posted: January 10, 2013 in Blessings, Christian Beliefs, From Adventism to Christ, Running the Race, The Bible

Introduction

Sistine Chapel, fresco Michelangelo,

Sistine Chapel, fresco Michelangelo, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Growing up as a Seventh Day Adventist PK I used to hear a phrase quite a lot and and the way I was taught and understood it shaped my way of thinking as a youngster. Let me recount it for you here:

Do you sin because you’re a sinner or are you a sinner because you sin?

The way I learned things was that the case was that I was a sinner because I sinned but that’s not right, not at all.

We’re All Sinners

Let’s just get the obvious out of the way right now The Bible states that we’re ALL Sinner’s and and have fallen short of the glory of God.

You can find that right here in Romans 3:23:

23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

So once again we’ve all sinned…but have we sinned because we’re sinners or are we sinners therefore we sin?

Fallen

There have been two falls.

An angelic fall…and the one we’re going to look at…the fall of humankind.

In the Garden of Eden after the creation of the Heavens and the Earth, God and Adam and Eve enjoyed spiritual intimacy- Adam and Eve were Born Spiritually Alive and for an undisclosed amount of time lived in the Seventh Day resting in God’s finished creation. The only rule was that Adam and Even not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the center of the garden, lest they would truly die.

Satan the originator of sin and cause of the fall of himself and 1/3rd of the Angelic host came to the Garden to sow the deception of self sufficiency and pride. And using the serpent convinced Eve to eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree, she gave the fruit to Adam who was with her and they took over the center of their lives. By eating of the fruit they had removed God from the throne of their lives and replaced God with themselves.

No longer spiritually alive but dead they were banished from the garden.

“Through the first Adam sin and death entered into the world and through the second Adam (Christ) came life.”

So what does that mean for us?

Born the Living Dead

We’re born a bunch of zombies if you will, true to life living dead. Physically alive but spiritually dead. We are born sinners, born to and through sinners.

As an Adventist I truly believed that I was somehow was born outside of sin and….let me try and make a quick drawing for you:

DoD——————————————————————-^—————————————————————–KoTS

Alright as and Adventist I felt like I was somehow born outside of sin in the middle of the fine artwork above where that gap is. Now since I was somehow born outside of sin I could like I was standing at the center of a bridge choose between the Domain of Darkness (DoD) and the Kingdom of the Son (KoTS).

In essence I could Born Myself again…which is entirely unbiblical as spiritual rebirth is a gift of God and not something we can do.

In reality we’re born dead in our sins in the Domain of Darkness and when we come to the end ourselves and come to the Cross of Christ and believe unto Salvation God gives us spiritual rebirth…and we’re Born Again (Born of God) and transferred into the Kingdom of  The Son.

DoD———-^—————————————The Cross (Belief)———————-^Reborn^———————-KoTS

This means that we were all born in Sin….all born sinners. And we need a savior to be Born Again. Look at that this section ended right where it started!

Back to the Question

So are we sinners because we sin…or do we sin because we’re sinners?

We sin because we’re sinners.

If you have the wrong understanding of this sentence then you’ll have lots of trouble understanding your true condition- spiritually dead unable to make a decision from the outside.

We are all born dead spiritually cut of from God by Sin and out only way back to Him is through the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. The one and only perfect sacrifice, He took the wrath of God the Father for EVERYONE EVER upon Himself on the cross. His Grace is SUFFICIENT to cover all the sins ever…but it’s OUR choice to make it EFFECTUAL to cover our sins.

It’s the ultimate RSVP. We have the freedom to choose to say YES or NO to God’s gracious gift of Redemption through the Sacrifice of His son in our stead.

If you say NO to this gift Christ’s sacrifice will not be effectual for you- you will face God’s Wrath against sin in the future at the Great White Throne Judgment.

If you say YES to this sacrificial gift, then God gives you Spiritual Rebirth- you pass from death to life. You are no longer under God’s Wrath against sin because God the Father sees you as sinless through the EFFECTUAL covering of the Blood of the New Covenant. To God the Father we have Put on Christ, Christ clothed us in His Righteousness while he clothed Himself in our Sin. Past-Present-Future.

Instead of standing at the Great White Throne…we stand before the Bema Seat of Christ IN HEAVEN!

From a Judgment of Condemnation to a Judgment of Commendation.

All because of a simple choice that religion makes ridiculously complicated. Adding works/sacraments/The Law/A specific Day of Worship (The Sabbath).

Salvation is a gift of God by Grace through Faith…and nothing else. Will you do works after you’re saved- certainly, but they’re love offerings to God because of Salvation not to GAIN salvation.

There is NOTHING you can do to gain Heaven through your own works…there is nothing to add, nothing you can add…you simply need to get off the throne of your life and let God have it back.

Come to the Cross of Christ, SURRENDER = VICTORY! 

And you will be forgiven forever, by Grace through Faith. Filled and sealed by the Holy Spirit. Destined for Heaven.

I’m still a sinner…because I sin…but I have been saved. I surrendered myself and gained eternal victory through the Cross of Christ.

Wouldn’t you like to do the same?

In Christ,

Ross

 

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Comments
  1. briannnnnnn says:

    Are you doing this for FAF because it seems nobody cares to comment but me. Hos your family doing?

    • rossbondreturns says:

      Hello Brian,

      I’m doing this first and foremost because God told me to. It’s there for Former Adventists, Concerned Christians and anyone God leads to see it. For those who feel there’s something more to life- but they don’t know what it is. Those who seek shall find.

      My family is as usual Brian not part of this conversation, however they happy and healthy and going to church on Sunday at a wonderfully biblical Grac filled church. Thanks for asking.

      Ross

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