If Day 5 Without Sin: Digging Deeper

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Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) What do we bring into our relationship with God?

 

2) What does God bring into His relationship with us?

 

3) Can God sin?

2 Timothy 2:13

If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

Original Intent

1) What do we bring into our relationship with God?
We bring faithlessness. The Greek word for “faithless” means to “believe not.” So, we need to ask, what does it mean to believe? In a biblical context, the word belief isn’t simply a mental assent to facts, but an active “living out” of that belief, which involves trust. So, our relationship with God as human beings starts at a default position of distrust. Sin and self-love blind us to His goodness and we distrust Him, just as Eve distrusted God. We would rather trust ourselves and our ability over a Sovereign God. Eve’s sin was “original,” as in first, but it wasn’t unique. We all have repeated the sin of lacking trust in God and His goodness, choosing our fallen nature over His divinity. Faithlessness correlates with doubt, and betrayal. When we doubt God, we betray Him as our Creator and the One whose image we bear. (Genesis 1:27) In Romans 5:10 God reminds us that every human being is His enemy because our starting place is love for self instead of the Savior. We start our relationship with him from the ground of enmity. Our fleshly sin nature is “at war” with God’s holiness. We are dead in our trespasses (sin) without hope of saving ourselves. (Ephesians 2:1, Galatians 5:17) This is very bad news, but our faithlessness is not the only thing we bring into our relationship. Scripture says we are beautifully hand-knit and crafted with deep love; we are made in God’s image and we are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139, Genesis 1:27) We bring the very “likeness” of God as we are the work of His hands. We are, by nature, sinners, because we have chosen self, but we are also the workmanship of an amazing Creator because He chose to craft us! 

2) What does God bring into His relationship with us?
In contrast to our faithlessness, God brings faithfulness. You might wonder, to what does God need to be faithful? Himself! God proves over and over that He will remain faithful to His character. Never once will God be found deceitful or untrustworthy. All His promises are yes and amen! (2 Corinthians 1:20) When we proclaim Christ, we are not following cleverly crafted ideas of our own design, rather we are hinging everything on the unshakeable faithfulness of exactly Who God claims He is and has proven to be. (2 Peter 1:16) To think of God as faithful, we consider God’s steadfast nature and unchanging character. (Hebrews 13:8) Because we can see God’s record of promise keeping in Scripture, as well as our own lives, when we refer to God as “faithful”, we are stating He is worthy of our trust. The implication of the Greek word, pistos, translated “faithful” in English, is that God will do what He says He will. Even though we bring doubt and a lack of trust to Him, He is always worthy of our full trust. Never once has He been, nor will he ever be, unfaithful.

3) Can God sin?
Let’s start with the simple answer to this: No. God cannot sin. But, instead of merely saying “God cannot sin,” let’s allow Scripture to speak His words of truth over us. In 1 John 1:5, John writes, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.” No darkness at all! He is light, pure, good, and perfectly spotless. No evil is in Him. Scripture brings much clarity regarding this anchoring truth. God does not sin (1 John 3:9). God is not like a man and cannot lie; He is not like man who does sin. (Numbers 23:19) He is truth. (John 14:6) By its very nature truth is congruent and cannot go against itself. God cannot sin. He can only act in accordance with His nature and His nature is perfect.

Everyday Application

1) What do we bring into our relationship with God?
In Isaiah 53:6, the prophet describes the natural human condition as, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” We all turn to our own way, choosing sin and self. Instead of following God faithfully by trusting His way, we doubt His goodness and distrust His character; we lean on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) We are unfaithful. Though we deserve eternal separation from God as a result of our faithlessness, He remains faithful, true, and forever good. (Revelation 19:11-13) He sacrificed Himself on the cross to pay the debt we owe for our sin. If we turn from our faithlessness, choosing instead to trust Him, He freely redeems us, cleansing us from all sin. If we accept His gift of grace, God restores us to a place of peace in relationship with Him where sin no longer separates us. He gives us His indwelling Holy Spirit Who enables us to choose repentance from sin and gives us divine power to walk in His ways. He shapes us into the holy image of His Son instead of the fleshly nature which rebels against Him. He gives us a new nature, His Own! (2 Corinthians 5:17) The fearfully and wonderfully made individual can become all God intended them to be because He takes what was marred by sin and remakes it according to righteousness. (Romans 8:29) He matures us in Himself and we are able to walk with increasing trust over time as we abide in Him. (John 15:5) Even though those who have trusted Christ continue to fall down and sin, needing His forgiveness and restoration, He is faithful even when we aren’t, to forgive us! (1 John 1:9) Throughout our lifetime, as Believers in Jesus, we will continue to grow in a trust-follow relationship making progress toward Christlikeness.

2) What does God bring into His relationship with us?
God brings salvation, restoration, and love because these are in keeping with His faithful character. More than just tokens of His character, however, God’s word says He Himself is our reward. (Genesis 15:1, NIV) Where we bring our brokenness, He brings the fullness of Himself, holding nothing back. When we accept Christ as our Savior, we are given access to the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:19) God’s promises, and His keeping of them, are evidence we can look to for proof for His faithfulness; these encourage us to embrace His fullness towards us. He keeps every promise (2 Corinthians 1:20), so what are His promises? He promises to complete the work He began in us by sanctifying us (making us holy like Himself) and drawing us into an ever-deepening relationship with Him so we may know and experience His fullness in our everyday lives. (Philippians 1:6) He promises protection (Psalm 121:7-8) and provision (Philippians 4:19). He promises ongoing forgiveness for those who turn in repentance (1 John 1:9). He promises to love us with His perfect love, which Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 13. God is patient. God is kind. God does not envy or boast. God is not arrogant or rude. He does not act selfishly or become irritable or resentful. He does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in truth. He bears all things, believes all good things, hopes all things and endures all things. This is what God brings to us in every moment of our lives, the fullness of perfect love: Himself!

3) Can God sin?
As Dallas Willard would say, “God is light and in Him is no darkness whatsoever, so never believe a bad thing you hear about God.” God is pure and good. He cannot sin. Sin, by definition, is missing the mark, or making an error that does not align with truth. Because God IS Truth (John 14:6), He cannot do anything untrue. As Jesus explained to the Pharisees, a house divided against itself could not stand. (Matthew 12:25-28) Knowing God cannot sin helps us deeply in our everyday lives. We need to trust God in order to put our faith in Him. If I am about to sit down in a chair, I assess the chair. Is it solid? Will it hold me up? Where are the cracks in its structure? If I feel the chair is “trustworthy,” I sit. If I sense that I cannot trust the chair, I do not put my weight on it. In the same way, I test the idea of God’s trustworthiness. If I doubt Him, I will not put my weight on Him, instead I will lean on self, others, or idols. I need to know God will never—can never—sin. In knowing this, I can believe in His goodness and put my complete trust in Him, reclining into Him as I would a good chair which will hold my weight. God is light (pure goodness). In Him is no darkness whatsoever. He is infinitely trustworthy!

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2) Read it, and the verses around it,
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3) Write down your questions
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4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

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Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

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