Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
The Spirit Convicts
by Erik Momsen
The single biggest problem, perhaps the only problem on earth, is sin. This is not a popular concept but it is the Bible's view and it is true. If we believe this is true then the biggest single problem in my life is sin. I’m sure this is again not popular with many. This could be sin I knowingly commit. The sins of others and sin I commit without knowing it. Some of the last words of Jesus are "Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34) He was referring to the crucifixion, but I believe this also applies to many other situations.
The nature and effects of sin are vast but we must have some understanding of its root cause and effect. At the heart of it was humanity's belief of a lie. (Genesis 3)
"Did God really say, ..." - satan questions God's express authority. Eve knew what God had said.
"Did God really say you will die, ..." - satan questions the result and punishment.
"For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." - satan takes a truth and twists it into a lie that looks attractive. "You will be like God" is the promise that appeals to our pride and vanity. Is this not some of the attraction in much of the new religions of the day? The "God in ME" and God Consciousness" are very flattering to the human soul. Little do we know that we cannot handle even a fraction of what "being like God" is really like. Can we look into good or evil and survive?
Eve sinned and then passed it on to her closest. They lost their childlike innocence and realised their nakedness and shame . They attempt to cover their own shame. They feared the Lord's presence and hid. The place that was a protection and joy became a place of pain and shame. Humanity's two most identifying principles, those of child bearing and work, become a curse to them. Even their relationship is cursed (Genesis 3:16c). Yet God made coverings for them and the first animal sacrifice takes place as a symbol of the price of sin.
LET'S GET BACK HOME
We could at this point start listing the sins of the world or concentrate on our own but this would only leave us bitter and depressed. It is not our task to point out sin in the world or ourselves. The Pharisees do this. The Spirit of the Lord calls to Adam and Eve, "Where are you?"
The pattern with Jesus is one of calling people to follow Him and in His presence they are shown the glory of God, their own sin and the forgiveness freely given. We need to give God permission to search us.
"Lord you search me and you know me ... Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139: 1,23,24)
"When He (the Spirit) comes He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement: in regard sin, because men do not believe in me, in regard righteousness, because I am going to the Father, ... and in regard judgement, because the prince of this world now stands condemned." (John 16:8-11)
It is the Spirit's task to convict, not ours. The greatest sin is unbelief in Jesus. The greatest righteousness is in being in the Father through the Son. The judgement is firstly for satan and then those who follow him (i.e. who do not believe the Son came from the Father and is now again in His presence).
It is the Spirit's task to work conviction and then righteousness in our hearts. We must co-operate and obey His leading. A continual rejection of the conviction of the Spirit leads to "a depraved mind." (Romans 1:28)
LIFE BY THE SPIRIT
Our dealing with sin is not by a constant soul searching and battle against oneself . Paul tells us:
"So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature." (Galatians 5:16)
Sin is not so much about doing bad thing,s but about losing the good things that could be. Sin is about losing paradise. It is the Spirit's task to lead us back home and become like the Father and His Son.
Date Added: 2010-08-17
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