Sunday, January 10, 2010
GIG 223 - What About Those Who Continue in a Sinful Lifestyle?
As we talked about last week, it's by One Man's obedience - the obedience of Jesus - that we have been made righteous. Jesus' obedience has been imputed to us, and He is not just "in" our life - He is our life. The righteousness that we stand in, and even our faith, has been given to us as a gift. Righteousness is "the state of him who is as He ought to be," "approved by God."
And so the question arises, if all of this has been given to us freely as a gift, what about those who continue in a lifestyle of sin? Do they remain saved? Do they remain righteous? Obviously we all have to deal with the natural consequences of our sins, but do they stand between us and God, and do they negate the free gift of righteousness?
Everybody sins, but is there some "standard" by which we are to judge whether one person is still "ok" in front of God and someone else isn't? If so, what is that standard? Where do we draw the line? Hmmm.