The Mystery of Sin
In a recent series, Staying the Course When You’re Tired of the Battle, I talked about the concept of the “mystery of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:7). One of our Life Groups was struggling to get a handle on this, and they asked me, “Does the mystery of sin relate to the unbeliever and to the believer?”
In 2 Thessalonians 2:7, Paul’s primary reference is to the way sin is at work in the unbelieving world that rejects Christ still. But it is also true that sin remains in the believer. Christians are tempted because of evil desires that rise up from within us, (see James 1:14 which is addressed to Christians).
This is why the Christian life is so difficult, as long as we are in the flesh. In Christ we are cleansed and forgiven. In Christ the power of sin over us has been broken, but its presence has not yet been removed. Sin is no longer our master, but it will always be our enemy. There is never a time when sin is not present in us. It is always producing something that needs to be dealt with!
I think most Christians find this a mystery as I do. I love Christ, so why do I think and feel things that dishonor Him? I hate this. I don’t want it, but I find the impulse of sin rising up within me in many different forms, and that is why I have to put these things to death. Its important to know that every Christian experiences this. It is the normal Christian life.
Date Posted: May 13th, 2011