The good news of Jesus Christ is that a solution has arrived for my problem of sin. Religion seeks to treat the symptoms of my sins: to help me stop doing bad things. Jesus treats the disease behind the symptoms: my evil heart. He does this by dying on the cross in my place. The punishment I deserve for my sin is placed on Jesus at the cross. The death penalty I deserve is taken by Jesus in my place. I am then forgiven my sins. Can there be any better news than this? Jesus has taken away the punishment my sin deserves.
But Jesus also rose from the dead and poured out the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is now transforming me day by day to become more and more like Jesus (). Jesus is changing me to be what God wants, to have God’s desires, to hate my sin, to live God’s way to please him (). The good news of Jesus Christ is that God is dealing with my very nature: with my evil heart, my sin, and not just my sins. God is dealing with the disease of sin in me, not just the symptoms.
But I am still sinful. I will not be fully changed into perfection until Jesus returns (). What then are some of the implications of my still being sinful? Continue reading Sin in the life of a Christian: Part II – Our Conversion
18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.