Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
My friend, may I ask you a question today? Must there be a breakthrough when it comes to knowing the nature of sin and the divine concept of grace (salvation through Jesus Christ). Or, are you maintaining a fleshly understanding of life’s purpose while never achieving an understanding of how the gospel save?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
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My wife and I taught homeschool for over fifteen years, from Pre-school to Grade 16. Over the course of these years we taught many subjects from Arithmetic to Zoology. Some of these courses were what I would call progressively learned and others required a breakthrough once the initial concepts were acquired. For example, History courses are progressively studied and learned. There really is no breakthrough concept to be grasped in order to learn History. A student begins studying History by learning the basics of historical events and progresses to a more diverse and detailed understanding of these same events in advanced coursework. Other courses, like Mathematics, are not so singularly progressive. For example, fractions. Fractions ares a concept that reflects upon and interacts with higher Mathematics courses. If you don’t understand fractions you will have collateral problems in other Mathematics courses down the road. Understanding fractions for most students is a breakthrough experience that opens the door to knowing Mathematics better.
The study of God’s Word is similar in this: There must be a breakthrough when it comes to knowing the nature of sin and the divine concept of grace (salvation through Jesus Christ). There are many who never achieve breakthrough, maintaining a fleshly understanding of life’s purpose while never achieving an understanding of how the gospel saves.
Here’s a story. “In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, neurologist Oliver Sacks tells about Virgil, a man who had been blind from early childhood. When he was 50, Virgil underwent surgery and was given the gift of sight. But as he and Dr. Sacks found out, having the physical capacity for sight is not the same as seeing. Virgil’s first experiences with sight were confusing. He was able to make out colors and movements, but arranging them into a coherent picture was more difficult. Over time he learned to identify various objects, but his habits–his behaviors–were still those of a blind man. Dr. Sacks asserts, ‘One must die as a blind person to be born again as a seeing person. It is the interim, the limbo . . . that is so terrible.’” (Terry Seufferlein Norman, Oklahoma.)
To truly see Jesus and his truth means more than observing what he did or said, it means a change of identity. Jesus states in John 3:7: “You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’” Jesus is talking about a breakthrough event in your life and mine, a time when the Holy Spirit gives you a lesson in grace and you get it, you understand it. By grace the clouds have cleared and the message of salvation makes sense. It’s at this point in our lives we understand that sin is not the natural course of life, but holiness is. God tells us consistently in his Word that we must not sin. We can advance to know this and believe it more assuredly. We’ve gone from a life of spiritual blindness to a pathway well lit by God’s grace. It may take time as we relearn our new freedom. But, we can stop sinning because God has given us the power by his Holy Spirit to do so. It’s like understanding fractions; it finally makes spiritual sense. Got it!
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the gift of your Holy Spirit and, thereby, the ability to know your Good News in Jesus Christ. Forgive us, Lord, when we lose all hope that sin can’t be conquered and are content to dwell in that sin. Help us Lord to recognize that by your Spirit we can conquer sin. In Jesus name we conquer. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day.
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