Why Talk About Sin?
We often find it uncomfortable to talk about sin, particularly our own. Our flesh steers us to talk about other people’s sin but avoid scriptural applications that divulge or convict us of our own sin. It is essential that we have an awareness and understanding of our own sin and the sinful nature of the world in order to fully appreciate what God has done. Below are four reasons to be embrace the doctrine of sin.
The Cross and Salvation
Jesus entered Jerusalem, foretold his death on the cross, prayed and submitted to the Father, knowingly, willfully, allowed himself to be tortured, be crucified, and take on the wrath of the Father all the while having the ability to call down legions of angels to protect him. Why? The redemption of man. Redemption of man from what? Sin! Without sin, the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension and mediation are not necessary. An understanding of sin points believers to the cross and our salvation.
As we carry out the great commission, we cannot avoid talking about sin. There is no true evangelism without the doctrine of sin. Only those who see their guilt before a holy God and realize their poverty of spirit will flee to Christ for salvation.
Conviction of sin leading to repentance results in change and shedding of sin. This process of change into the image of Christ is sanctification. It is a lifelong process, empowered by the Holy Spirit and fed by truth, the Word of God (John 17:17), ultimately glorifying God. Sanctification comes from God as He works in us, convicting us through His word, His body and self examiniation (2 Cor. 13:5).
Awareness and understanding of sin should lead to a great love for God. If our love is not as it should be, it is because we don’t realize what He has done for us. When we begin to see our sin for what it is, and what God did, not sparing His Son, we begin to understand His love for us which should result in love for Him (1 John 4:19). The believer’s awareness and understanding of sin leads to joy! We have been saved, we can tell others this good news and we are continually changed and reminded of God’s love for us.
Adapted from Martin Lloyd-Jones, Sermon on the Mount.