Saturday, June 05, 2010

The Tyranny of Sin

I saw the effects of it today in an old friend who is being ravished by a disease that has attacked his mental capacities to the point he has lost the ability to speak. I saw it in another friend who is fighting with the grief of losing their spouse to illness. It reared its head in the news of another family friend who found out their six year old has cancer and will be heading to chemo. Why is there any of this in the world? The short answer is sin. One man’s disobedience unleashed a torrent guilt, condemnation, sickness, and death. All sickness and death is a result of sin, even when the person suffering may not be suffering because of any specific act of sin in their life.

Seldom do we think about it with as much seriousness as we should, but it is all around us. It ravishes both those we love and those we consider enemies. Quite often, we play with it as if it were some tame animal that could never turn on us, but in reality, the only reason we think little of it is because it has already turned on us and has us under its sway. Scripture speaks of the exceeding deceitfulness of sin, and part of that deceitfulness is that it convinces us of its harmlessness, but when we see the havoc it has released upon this world we should think twice. The truth of the matter is that the sicknesses and death that plagues us are not the biggest problem. All have sinned and fallen short, our sin condemns us before a holy and just God, and part of its tyranny is to convince us that though we may not be perfect, we certainly don’t deserve the wrath of God. The deceitfulness of sin doesn’t stop there, it goes on and moves us to suppress the truth when we hear it and reject the very remedy for our condition.

Yet, by the grace of God, Scripture does not stop there; it goes on to tell us that, through Christ, all who have faith in Him have peace with God, and have been set free from sin (Rom 6:18). Though this does not mean we will never have to fight with our old nature, it does mean that the fact that we have turned to Christ is because the Lord, through his grace, has released us from sin’s ultimate deception. On top of this, he has promised that He will complete the work He has started in us.

This promise of Christ completing His work in us deals primarily with sanctification, but it doesn’t stop there. All of sin’s tyranny will ultimately be destroyed for the believer. Because of Christ’s resurrection, we too will be resurrected. Though we were sown perishable we will be raised imperishable. Though we have been sown in dishonor we will be raised in glory. And though we have been sown in weakness we will be raised in power (1 Cor. 15:42-43). Even though through one man’s trespass, death has reigned, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:17). So when you look around and see the ravishing effects of sin in yourself and the lives of those around you; remember to take sin seriously, and to trust in Christ who is greater than the tyranny of sin. For there is no condemnation, there is no disease, and there is no death as powerful as the life given to us in Christ, which is our hope of glory.


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At Sunday, June 06, 2010 8:04:00 AM, Blogger TulipWife said...

Death in itself is its own witness to how serious sin is. Thank you for this post. Sometimes my epilepsy gets me down, but what comforts me is that God has allowed this to happen to me, for his own purposes. And I find comfort in that. I believe it has to do with something towards my own sanctification, or maybe it helps with someone else's sanctification. But for whatever reason there is a purpose,in all things that afflict us.

At Sunday, June 06, 2010 12:15:00 PM, Anonymous Bobby Grow said...


We're so often like frogs in a kettle --- even as Christians --- until sometimes something happens, and we are woken up to this old-man/old-world in which we live. It is ravishing, and terrible; our only hope is certainly to find rest in Christ now (even if we feel rested in this world now). It's worse than we think it is out there, but that's what trying to live holy sould alert us to; we live in a sick world under the sway of the wicked one. Praise the Lord that Jesus is supreme over all wickedness.

Great post, Glen.

At Sunday, June 06, 2010 7:17:00 PM, Blogger Doug E. said...


I agree, understanding that God is control even in our suffering and has a good purpose is one of our greatest comforts. Here is a link to one of my favorite Spurgeon quotes.

Bobby, I think this quote applies to you too. The Lord has, is, and will continue to use you mightily; and what you are facing now will be used by Him in ways you never could have imagined.

At Wednesday, June 09, 2010 1:52:00 AM, Anonymous Bobby Grow said...

Woops, I meant, Doug . . . you're not Glen. I take great hope from words like yours, Doug!I think of II Cor. 1:3ff alot. I'll check out that Spurgeon quote, for sure!

At Wednesday, June 09, 2010 1:55:00 AM, Anonymous Bobby Grow said...


Another reason, I'm sure of suffering is that you might know Jesus in ways you never thought possible. I'll be praying for you, sister . . . I hate to hear of people suffering, but I know God's grace is really really sufficient; even if it doesn't "feel" like it sometimes. Btw, you just ministered to me by sharing your physical problem; I get to pray for you now, which is really privilege. :-)

At Wednesday, June 09, 2010 1:59:00 AM, Anonymous Bobby G said...


Just watched that quote from Spurg. That is great, I'm going to be posting that at my health blog in days to come; thanks for digging that up, I know Spurgeon went through all kinds of hell (both emotionally, mentally, and physically).


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