Inherited from Adam

A friend and I talked recently about what folly it is to look down on the sinner, failing to see that the very act of doing so is in itself a sin.

Friends, we don’t “commit” sin, we have sin; it is part of our blood and bones, it is in our DNA. We cannot become clean or without sin by washing our hair, dressing ourselves up, stopping smoking or drinking, lusting for others, telling lies, and ridding yourself of any other vice you might believe you can conquer.

This is not to say that you shouldn’t strive to conquer your vices, but instead it is only to remind you that you cannot make yourself to be without sin. You cannot rid yourself of what you inherited from Adam.

So what can you do? Simple – remember this: For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

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I am a depraved, morally bankrupt wretched sinner through and through. I’ve attended church sporadically most of my life, haven’t spent a minute in seminary and only recently gave the Bible more than a cursory review. I’ve attended exactly one theology class and I dropped out of that. However, in spite of my moral infidelity, I’ve come to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned my salvation isn’t the result of what I do, but rather what Jesus has done on my behalf. I didn’t find the Holy Spirit, He found me. And in our relationship I have invited Him to change me, to use me for His purpose, to conquer my will with His own. Praise the Lord, for even an unworthy, chronic sinner like me can experience and give testimony to His glory!
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