Every Little Sin is Rebellion to God
- Date: May 15, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
- From Put On Christ
Many of us don't like to admit our weakness. But until we become absolutely aware of our weakness, His strength can never be perfected in us. As long as there is any trust in our own wisdom, our own abilities, whenever we think we have any rights to our own lives, (You know, that little sin we talked about?) we are absolutely in rebellion against the sovereign authority of God. Let's think about that as we start making our decisions without even considering God, what He would have us to do, or what His priorities are.
"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6). "Without strength." It's interesting, in the Greek that word means helpless. We don't like to see ourselves that way, do we? We are helpless. Many of you cried out to God and were saved because you found yourself in that helpless state. Some of us didn't cry out because of tragedies or specific incidences, but when we finally encountered our own sinfulness. I know what happened in my life. I know what I encountered. I finally had to come to grips with the fear that was in my heart, and do you know what that fear was? I believed in heaven and hell and I knew I was going to hell. I had to make the decision of, "Are you going to continue to be lord, or are you going to bow your knee?" I was without strength. I was helpless. I couldn't save myself. There was no good in me. Jesus died for the ungodly.
There's an interesting aspect of sin that we want to look at again and understand what it means specifically. Write some of these things down in your notes. When God made Him sin, He made Him the very embodiment of sin. Now here is something that will get our attention. God made Him sin on our behalf. Now, the reason we're emphasizing this is God made Him sin so that we might now have the right to obey and the ability to obey. See, righteousness means to be in right standing. Can you be in right standing and not be obedient? No. So God made Him sin-here is what I want you to see-so that in every aspect of our lives now we would first think, what does God want me to do? What's the will of God in this situation? Where would Father have me be? So He made Him the embodiment of sin and-and I like this-all that is an abomination and hateful to God…Jesus became. All that is an abomination and hateful to God…Jesus became. Hmm. So we could retain how much of our lives for ourselves? So that we could talk about how hard this Christian life is, and how much we have to sacrifice? God made Jesus the object of His wrath, His just wrath.
I'm just pointing out some of these things so that maybe we could be thankful and not burdened with walking out this righteousness, this life of obedience, this that would not be rebellion toward God's absolute sovereignty. What I really want to challenge your lives with is: Is God sovereign in your life, really? Did anybody make any decisions against the will of God today? How much time went by today without you considering to ask what He might have you do? How practical is the leading of the Holy Spirit? Can we go through a whole eight-hour day and the Holy Spirit not give us one course direction in our lives, you think, if we're living in the spirit? See, Jesus was made this object of the wrath of God. It pleased God to bruise Him to free us to obedience, and to a love for the will of God, and a delight in denying ourselves. Is it drudgery or a heart of thanksgiving for the price that was paid for us? He was made our rebellion and our lawlessness. He became the representative of all that despise God and His Law. He was the representative of our independence and our own personal deification. He never sinned. This is what we put on Him and He did it gladly while we were without strength. He that who knew no sin was made sin with our sin. He bore our sin on His body on the cross, and Isaiah 53:5 says, "He was wounded for our transgressions..."