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CONSIDERING SIN

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 ESV)

Consider sin. It twists and disfigures the soul. The image man once reflected of God is now shattered by sin. It disfigures man and destroys the image of God as though it were despised. Every sin flies in the face of God’s wisdom. All sin is a declaration of war against God.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. (Romans 1:18-23 ESV)

Every man without Christ is a slave to sin. Man is born in bondage to Satan and he is blind to his wretched condition. Moreover, he is spiritually dead. However, we must acknowledge sin in order to comprehend why we need a Savior. We need the guilt of our sin removed because sin has made us deserving of condemnation. Each of us needs forgiveness and we need a Savior who has the power to accomplish this. Having walked in sin, we need righteousness to avoid the wrath of God. We need to be transformed into a new creation. We need a Savior who can impute to us His perfect righteousness. Jesus Christ is that Savior. Cry out to Him to be your Savior and repent of your sins.

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV)

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