Age old kind of question for today.
On Sunday we looked at a forest for the trees situation. We’ve got a tendency to ignore the big picture and squint at the smallish details that eventually become so distracting that we longer value the miraculous nature of something like Jesus transforming water into wine.
Or, transforming a sinner into a saint.
Which brings use to an interesting distinction, grounded in popular culture.
It’s a chicken or the egg situation. Only rather than chickens and eggs, consider the sin and the sinner.
Did the first sin you committed cause you to be a sinner? or
Did the fact that you were born a sinner cause you to begin committing sin?
Chicken or egg? Sinner or sin?
“…all have sinned and come short of the glory of God…”
“…I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me…”
Think about it. It’s much more important than the chicken or the egg, and it will reveal a whole lot about who you are and what you really believe. After thinking on it for bit, read what Watchman Nee had to say about it:
I once asked a class of children, ‘Who is a sinner?’ and their immediate reply was, ‘One who sins.’ Yes, one who sins is a sinner, bu the fact that he sins is merely the evidence that he is already a sinner; it is not the cause. One who sins is a sinner, but it is equally true that one who does not sin, if he is of Adam’s race, is a sinner too, and in need of redemption. Do you follow me? There are bad sinners and there are good sinners, there are moral sinners and there are corrupt sinners but they are all alike sinners. We sometimes think that if only we had not done certain things all would be well; but the trouble lies far deeper than in what we do. It lies in what we are. A Chinese may be born in America and be unable to speak Chinese at all, but he is a Chinese for all that he was born a Chinese. It is birth that counts. So I am a sinner because I am born in Adam. It is a matter not of my behavior but of my heredity, my parentage. I am not a sinner because I sin, but I sin because I come from the wrong stock. I sin because I am a sinner.
Sin has more to do with heredity than with behavior.
In essence, that is why we need such a great Savior.