When you look around in the World it is plain to see that there is something wrong. Now I see Facebook posts and written articles all the time saying, “what is happing to this world” or I hear the phrase “the world is going to Hell in a hand basket.” Anyone ever heard these things before? Well the truth is that the world has been the way it is for a long time and more importantly people have been the way they are for a long time. Well the Bible wants us to understand how human beings can be CURED!
We as Christians in the world have this unique understanding of the problem of Evil in the world. Christendom believes that the evil in the world is caused by Sin and the only reason sin exist is because we have a creator God who gave us the laws in which to abide by. Now not only do we have a unique look on why the world is evil but we also have a unique look on how the world is cured. The curse of Sin is deep, so deep that it cannot be overcome any other way except through the Blood of Jesus Christ that he shed on the Cross! Now with that being said what is the cure that we receive when we Believe, Confess, Repent, and get Baptized into the body of Believers? That is what we are going to look at in the next few paragraphs.
The first thing that we must be cured of is GUILT. When a human being sins they become GUILTY, now we are NOT talking about feeling guilty but we are talking about being GUILTY of breaking the Law that God has given us! Lets look at James 2:10 (ESV) “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” What James is saying is that when you break one point in the Law that you are guilty of having broke it all! Now what GUILT does to us is it makes us deserving of the punishment of breaking the Law. GUILTY means I am punishable. So what is the punishment for being GUILTY well lets look at Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So through the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross we are set free of GUILT because Jesus took our PUNISHMENT, which is the result of being GUILTY! Romans 8:1-2 says it perfectly “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
Now the second thing for any human being that must be resolved is our SINFUL NATURE! Our SINFUL NATURE affects our heart and our flesh. Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick.” Now we also know that the flesh is apart of this SINFUL NATURE based on all of the Apostle Paul’s writing. So the person must be cured not just in GUILT but also in their SINFUL NATURE. Well that’s exactly what happens to us as Christians we call this process Regeneration. Regeneration is an event that happens at the same time that we are forgiven of GUILT! Regeneration is only possible through the death of Christ, his resurrection and through the receiving of the Holy Spirit. Romans 6:1-7 tells us about Regeneration when it says, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.”
Now with this all who believe are cured of GUILT and their SINFUL NATURE. Even in this cure though we sin still because the flesh on the outside of us is corrupt still but on the inside God has transformed us and made us new! Christians understand that God will one day remove you from these corrupt bodies and place you in a new glorified body in which then this process will be fully complete! The only way that we can become fully complete is by first believing, confessing, repenting and being baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ to remove our GUILT and our SINFUL NATURE!
Prayer: Father continue to shape and mold me into the person that you want me to become. Sanctify me each and every day through the Holy Spirit that dwells within me. Help me become the person that you would have me to be. I pray also for those around me who have not been CURED of GUILT and SINFUL NATURE. Father would you help me in proclaiming the Gospel to them so that they may one day walk in the newness of life that you give us who believe, confess, repent and are baptized into your sons Death and Resurrection! Give those in the world today the victory over their flesh through the power of your Holy Spirit! Thank you for the Grace that you have shown me and for the free gift of eternal life through the Cross of Jesus! In his name I pray Amen!