Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I Hate the Sin

A cat stares at the shrimp at owner’s finger tip with a disgusted look.

In Romans 7:17 Apostle Paul says;

“As it is, I am no longer the one who is doing it, but it is the sin that is living in me.”

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible exegetes;

As it is, I am no longer the one who is doing it: This is evidently figurative language, for it is really the man that sins when evil is committed. But the apostle makes a distinction between sin and what he intends by the pronoun "I". By the former he evidently means his corrupt nature. By the latter he refers to his renewed nature, his Christian principles. He means to say that he does not approve or love it in his present state, but that it is the result of his native propensities and passions. In his heart, and conscience, and habitual feeling, he did not choose to commit sin, but abhorred it. Thus, every Christian can say that he does not choose to do evil, but would wish to be perfect; that he hates sin, and yet that his corrupt passions lead him astray.

But it is the sin that is living in me: This is a strong expression, denoting that sin had taken up its habitation in the mind, and abode there. It had not been yet wholly dislodged. This expression stands in contrast with another that occurs, where it is said that "the Spirit of God dwells" in the Christian, Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16. The sense is, that he is strongly influenced by sin on the one hand, and by the Spirit on the other. From this expression has arisen the phrase so common among Christians, ‘in-dwelling sin’.

Lord Jesus, we know that You washed away our crimson sins with Your precious Blood shed on the Calvary and made us whiter than snow and wool.

We pray that You help us to hate the sin that You hate. Amen.

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