There have been two books that I have been reading while on a trip to Melbourne, Australia recently, they are The Bible, and The Normal Christian life, by Watchman Nee… and I was inspired to re-read the book of Romans.
If you read in the Bible the book of Romans from Chapter 1:1 through to 5:11 Paul seems to be talking about ‘sins’ and from chapter’s 5:12 to 8:39 the word ‘sins’ hardly occurs once but the word ‘sin’ appears again and again… it would seem that Paul is talking about two separate subject matters. The things that we do, and the nature of why we do it, or you could say it like this – the sin and the sinner.
Chinese evangelist Watchman Nee explains it like this:
“I need forgiveness for my sins, but I need also deliverance from the power of sin”
And so the story is set… and there are two players, the sin & the sinner. We all know the famous verse in Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fallen short of Gods glory” and this indeed is true, but I wonder if we are looking it the wrong way round, it would seem that the teaching in Romans is not that we are sinners because we commit sins, but we sin because we are sinners. We are sinners because we are born sinners, because of what our forefathers (Adam) did. Romans 5:19 states:
“Through the one mans disobedience the many were made (or ‘constituted’) sinners”
It would seem that the fact that we sin is merely the evidence that we are already sinners; it is not the cause. Someone who sins, it would be fair to say – is a sinner, unfortunately even if it was possible for us not to sin, we still would be sinners… because we were born into ‘the world’ or as my pastor Murray Talbot would say “born into the Adam Garden” and we would still need to be saved.
Again Watchman Nee explains it like this:
“The root trouble is the sinner; he must be dealt with. Our sins are dealt with by The Blood, but we ourselves are dealt with by The Cross”
And so our search begins… how do we deal with the sin, and the sinner
To be cont…..