Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.Psalm 51:5
“Aha! I got you pastor!”
He said this to me as we were going through a new member class. We had been studying the doctrine of original sin. We had reached the proof-text of Psalm 51:5.
“I don’t have a choice! I was born sinful. How can a good God punish me for something that I had no control over?”
Good question. It can be the ultimate excuse. But when we look at the rest of the Bible it ultimately leaves us without excuse. The Bible is very specific about sin. Left to our own, we’re doomed. We’re all guilty. Yet people try to find an excuse for sin anyway. “My parents got divorced when I was a kid.” “I was abused by my teacher.” “My dad drinks.” While these tragic events do play a part in our adult lives, they do not excuse our sin. The Bible is very clear on this.
The Bible is also very clear that God loves us. So much so that He sent Jesus to die for us on the cross. All our sin was forgiven by Jesus’ death. His resurrection “recreates” you as a forgiven child of God.
Given New Life
In less than a month, we will remember that on Good Friday. The Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mary would suffer and die on the cross. He did this because we cannot do anything on our own to save ourselves. We are conceived and born sinful. But thanks be to God that He doesn’t leave us that way. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection we are given new life!
Next time you hear of someone having a baby, remember to keep the child and parents in your prayers and ask God’s blessings upon them.
Heavenly Father, I am without excuse and without hope without You. Forgive me my sin and keep me in Your unfailing love. In Jesus’ name, amen. © 2019 True Men Ministries