Justification to Sanctification
"Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." Galatians 1:4-5
Sin is an ugly thing, and although it may be fun for a season, it yields devastating consequences. I don’t think there is anyone who has not experienced the ugliness of sin. I have seen sin ravage my life and the life of others, including many members in my own family. We tend to blame others for the wrong done in our life, but there is no one in this life who gives us more problems than the person we see everyday in the mirror. Sin started on earth in the Garden of Eden, and thousands of years later, we still pursue the lie and allure of the “shiny red apple”. Sin never yields the results we expect when we indulge in it. James 1:15 states, “Then when lust (desire) hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished (full-grown), bringeth forth death.”
We often make light of sin even though we are commanded not to do so. We fail to see the dire effects of sin, and we do not see it until it is too late and we have fallen head over heels for the brief satisfaction it brings. The ravaging effects of sin as are devastating as a tornado blowing through a mobile home. One cannot sin and expect things to be the same as they once were. Sin always leaves a scar on our lives, and we must not ever take it lightly.
I remember several years ago when I first heard my uncle had cancer. He had been experiencing stomach pain for some time, but now it seemed to grow worse by the day. So, he scheduled a doctor's appointment, and the doctors were now working to try and figure out what was wrong with him. The pain in his stomach grew worse to the point where he went to the emergency room to get checked out. The ER ran tests and they came back with news that was shocking and life-changing. My uncle was told that he had pancreatic cancer and that he did not have much time left on this earth. There was nothing they could do at this stage, and he was crushed by the news as anyone in his situation would be. My uncle passed in the time the doctors advised he would, and it was sad to see his body ravaged by cancer. Cancer destroys the body much like sin does the spiritual body, and if not caught early, it can have devastating effects.
Jesus gave Himself for our sins that He might deliver us from evil, deliver us from the eternal penalty of sin, and deliver us from the enslavement of sin. Once we accept His free gift, we are no longer obligated to our old sin master, and we are free to live a life of holiness. Our sinful nature is always desirous to entangle us in those sins which so easily beset us. The phrase, "for our sins" is not a small notation in this verse, but it is a huge deal as we have been given the victory over the very thing that brings forth death. We should never forget the price that was paid for sin, and we should not allow ourselves to be comfortable with sin in our lives.
Where are you today friend? Have you grown comfortable with sin? Have you come to realize the ravaging effects sin has on one's life? God gave us stories in His Word and in our life of those who faced grave consequences for their sin, so that we may take notice and fear God. God does not wink at sin, but He takes it seriously even to the point of dying to deliver us from it. He desires that we become justified, and then sanctified into His image. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Are you playing with sin today? Are you living in the victory God has already claimed for you? May we be thankful for the deliverance from this evil world, and may we live a life that brings Him honor and glory.
Stay in the fight!