September 8, 2008

The Real Culprit

I like the point Chambers makes today in Utmost: our battle is to move from a natural life to a spiritual one. The battle isn't against sin; Jesus Christ has conquered sin for us.

We often talk about the battle against sin; making it sound like there is this external foe to be beaten off with a large stick. But guess what? Jesus vanquished that enemy a long time ago.

The battle is against self: dealing with our own nature and our desire to continue sinning. It is an internal battle. And let's face it: we would rather have someone other than ourselves to blame for our failings.

So we keep blaming sin when it is self that is the real culprit.

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