VI.B.2 Sin as the Reason for His Appearing




By Daniel Irving

a.  World’s Denial of the Gospel Premise

b.  Sin as the Purpose for Jesus Christ Coming into the World

c.  Sin as the Purpose for Christ Appearing unto the Man

d.  The Denial of Sin as Rejection of the Holy Ghost

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a.  World’s Denial of the Gospel Premise

There are two directions in which men may stray into apostasy from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We read in the Proverbs:

Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.   Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.          Prov. 4:25-27

In terms of erring from the grace of God that leads to salvation, we may do so either in the direction of subverting the Grace of God or by subverting His LawTrue doctrine negotiates a straight line between these two contrasting subversions; errors which share many of the basic assumptions upon which the secular world operates in its own apostate rejection of Christ.  Therefore apostasy has the effect of rejoining the churched apostate to the world in terms of its misapprehension of God given its rejection of His Christ.  One way of falling into an apostate subversion of Law is to accept the world’s assumption that good works operate as any form of justification so as to displace the confession of, and the keeping of the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Near the end of his life and following his being diagnosed with a terminal cancer, Senator Edward Kennedy defined his own center of Christian belief as founded in his own interpretation of the 25th chapter of Matthew wherein the Lord extends salvation to those demonstrating kindness to His brethren during the time of their distress.  Sen. Kennedy writes:

Its enormously significant to me that the only description in the Bible about salvation is tied to one’s willingness to act on behalf of one’s fellow human beings.  The one who will be deprived of salvation – the sinners – are those who’ve turned away from their fellow man.  People responsive to the great human condition, and who’ve tried to alleviate its misery – these will be the ones who join Christ in Paradise.[1]

Senator Kennedy stands to be corrected.  The Bible does not exclusively tie salvation to “one’s willingness to act on behalf of one’s fellow human beings.”  Neither does the Bible inferentially tie salvation to “one’s willingness to act on behalf of one’s fellow human beings.”  What the senator has expressed might be a halting summation of the Law of God, but it is diametrically adverse to the Gospel rule of salvation, which is expressed by Paul as follows:

. . . the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart – that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, & believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”                                                                                      Rom 10:8-9

While faith is demonstrated in works, works do not constitute the salvation.  When they are elevated to a place wherein they occupy the definition of salvation, they displace the true message and meaning of the Gospel so as to constitute an apostasy from the Gospel. This is because – irrespective of good motives – there is a principle that underlies all the works of men for which an account must be made; the neglect of which constitutes a rejection of the Gospel, and, if persisted within, results in the rejection of the Spirit of God.

What Sen. Kennedy has expressed is merely the fundamental sentiment at work within the psyche of the secular world which stands in rejection of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Humanitarianism is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  When the humanitarian sentiment is framed – as it is above – as any basis of salvation, it constitutes rather a rejection of the Gospel.  This is because the object of its faith is only pretended to be Jesus Christ, when it is, in fact, self.  Where self is elevated, the demonic acquires the spiritual reins over the man.

Jesus Christ had His purposes in coming which respectable people of the world will not dare mention or seriously entertain in mixed company.  Christ came because of sin.  Speak that word in mixed company and you will hear a pin drop!  You will be rejected.  Rejecting this principle of sin, what remains is a gospel of humanism, wherein the measure of one’s godly attainment is what he has done materialistically speaking for the benefit of the natural man.  But Christ did not come for the material benefit of the natural man.  Christ came because of sin.  Yet this word is anathema to secular ears and to humanistic thought.  Yet this was the purpose of Christ coming,[2] remains the purpose of Christ appearing unto the man,[3] and will ultimately be the purpose of His coming again to consume all things outside of His kingdom.[4]

The gospel of humanitarianism is a form of godliness lacking the power of the cross.  We are to “turn away” from such as advocate mere notions of religion while in fact relying upon their own good works.[5]  Faithlessness will hold to the semblance and forms of the Gospel while denying the true efficacy of the cross of Jesus Christ and the agency of His Holy Spirit.  Teaching and living which falls short of this true agency of God is apostate, and when indulged by the Church, inevitably leads to idolatry and the reprobation of those given to it.  Bronze Gilding 02 This is because ultimately something spiritual will assume its control and authority over flesh.  Having a form of godliness lacking in power, rogue spiritual agency having a form of power will ultimately fill the void and the man will succumb to demonic bondage.

b.  Sin as the Purpose for Jesus Christ Coming into the World

One cannot read for long in the Gospels without perceiving the overwhelming theme presented in the Lord’s coming as relating to the issue of sin.  The very name He was given and the herald of His birth pertained to His coming as God’s provision for sin:Shepherds Visit

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:  for he shall save his people from their sins.         Matt. 1:21

That Christ came into the world as God’s provision for sin, Christ Himself made clear:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and  to give his life a ransom for many.                                                                                      Matt. 20:28

The purpose of His coming was to die upon the cross. Therefore as that time approached, He said:gethsemane

Now is My soul troubled; & what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour?   But for this cause came I unto this hour.            John 12:27

The cross of Jesus Christ is that place man and his Creator may interact unto eternal life for the man, and glory given unto God.  It is the place of forgiveness and reconciliation unto God.  It is the place of receiving from the hand of God those things pertaining to salvation.  It is the place of deliverance, the place of cleansing, and the place of communion.  The cross of Jesus Christ is the altar of God in the earth. The cross of Jesus Christ is that beautiful link between glorious eternity and mean temporality.  The cross of Jesus Christ is that place wherein . . .Three Crosses

. . .  now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.        Heb. 9:25-26

And if the Gospel means anything, it does so by virtue of the cross, as . . .

By this will we have been sanctified  through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.               Heb. 10:10

If the purpose of Christ’s coming was to provide the atonement for our sin, then how can the Gospel be presented with any other emphasis than; “Jesus Christ, and Him crucified?”  For this is what allows the Holy Spirit to visit mortals with power from heaven; as Paul related:

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, & him crucified.                      I Cor. 2:2

And because Paul limited his words to the cross, he was able to come in all the strength of “demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”  This tells us that there is really no other consideration in the Spirit-empowered evangelistic-preaching of the Gospel than the Person and work of Jesus Christ focused upon Calvary.  To preach anything in addition to this, invites stumbling.  Recall that Paul also wrote:

But we preach Christ crucified;  unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;                     I Cor. 1:23

Paul is saying that the religiously-inclined and the worldly-minded do not rightly respond to the preaching of the cross.  Rather the pure and undiluted message has an appeal uniquely suited to the elect.  

c.  Sin as the Purpose for Christ Appearing unto the Man

The revelation of God through the manifestation of Christ must occur on a personal and individual level as well.  The Father bore witness of His Son, and He will bring that revelation to every man.  But they must first be prepared through an evangelistic witness of the basic Gospel, that the revelation of Christ serve the end of their sanctification rather than their perdition.  John the Baptist stands in type for this preparatory witness, who called out; “Behold the Lamb of God!”

And looking upon Jesus as He walked, he said; “Behold the Lamb of God!    John 1:36

As the Lamb of God, He came for a specific purpose.  That purpose was the cross.  As the Lamb of God, He was manifested for a specific purpose.  That purpose is to take away sin:

 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.        I John 3:5-6

Therefore God shall appear unto all men, and all men must give an account:

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation has appeared to all men,                                  Titus 2:11

d.  The Denial of Sin as Rejection of the Holy Ghost

Those that fail to apprehend this purpose of Christ coming into the world, run the risk of leaving themselves outside from the benefit of that purpose.  Whether or not we receive the testimony of God concerning His Son, we all require atonement for our sins just the same.  Failure to find justification in the blood of the cross most tragically occurs in those who harden their hearts in the wake of the Spirit’s witness against them and His work in evidence around them.  Recall the Lord’s words after He had given sight to the blind man:

And Jesus said, “For judgment I am come into this world,  that they which see not might see; & that they which see might be made blind.”  & some of the Pharisees which were with Him heard these words, & said unto Him, “Are we blind also?”  Jesus said unto them, “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin;  but now ye say, “We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”      John 9:39-41 

The blind man’s healing stood as a metaphor for the redemptive-work of the Holy Spirit to bring the sinner into the knowledge of God.  This man’s miraculous experience culminated in the revelation of Jesus Christ to his inner being.  The account uses literal blindness to demonstrate the redemptive principle of our escaping sin through the Spirit’s revelation of Christ.  To see Christ is to see the glory of God.  To see Christ through the means of faith results in the liberation from spiritual bondage to the Law.  Therefore, once he who was formerly blind was made to see, he could be shown the object of His hope.  He had the revelation of Jesus Christ.  At this time the Lord said:

“For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; & that they which see might be made blind.        John 9:39

Those whose sins are the more outwardly manifest tend to make clearer assessment of their miserable case and therefore find it an easier confession than those who conceal their sins by forms of righteousness and outward morality.  The Lord therefore told the religious men of his day:

 “Truly I say to you that tax-gatherers & harlots  will get into the kingdom of God before you.  For John came to you in the way of righteousness & you did not believe him;  but the tax-gatherers & harlots did believe him;  & you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.      John 21:31-32

The outwardly sinful understand as well as anyone there is a righteous standard.  Further, those whose sins are most readily apparent find it relatively easy to acknowledge the hidden sins of the heart that constitute the true issue of the Gospel and work of God’s Spirit to atone for, and to cleanse.  Thus we have insight into what truly is the sin that condemns men.  The true guilt of sin is not so much the sin itself – as “all have sinned”.[6]  The true guilt of sin is to deny the sin.  The apostle John laid this concept out for us clearly:

…but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,  and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful & righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.                               I John 1:7-9

This is a difficult concept for the outwardly moral to receive except in theory.  Nonetheless, God bears a witness through penitent sinners which the outwardly moral should consider.  An example of this principle may be found in the healing of the blind man, as this constituted the testimony of God concerning His Son.  The blind man’s healing and the Lord’s statement regarding the purpose in His own coming, provoked the consciences of the Pharisees:Christ Teaching 02

And some of the Pharisees which were with Him heard these words,  and said unto Him, “Are we blind also?”        John 9:40

They did not receive the revelation of Christ.  But neither would God allow them the defense of spiritual ignorance. The very reason for their stumbling was that they made confession of apprehending God when they did not.  Now they had seen, and still they did not believe in God’s righteous standard compared against their own corrupted condition.  And no longer were they like-situated with other men who had never had the Son of God manifested to them.  Therefore . . .

Jesus said unto them, “If you were blind, you should have no sin But now you say, “We see”; therefore your sin remains.              John 9:41

To say “we see” is to make a claim to understanding.  If we make a claim to understanding when we do not, this closes our mind and our heart against receiving the knowledge God would give.  Paul writes:

If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know;                                                                                      I Cor. 8:2

God has provided the atonement for any sin which a man may sin, save the rejection of His Holy Spirit.  The sin that condemns, is therefore the sin of hiding from the truth by denying our sin.  Job identifies this as the true sin of Adam when he says:

  If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:                                                                                      Job 31:33

To “hide one’s sin in one’s bosom” is to perpetrate the sin of Adam, and is to render oneself perpetually unregenerate.  When we deny our sin we deny the reason Christ came and find ourselves in fundamental disagreement with our Creator.  Christ’s coming contemplates that:

– sin is so serious a matter that the atoning sacrifice of God’s Son is required to propitiate wrath,

– the stain and corruption of sin resides within we  ourselves,

– God, in His love for humanity, has provided the answer in the blood of His Son.

These are the fundamental points upon which we must find agreement with the Spirit of God.  Finding agreement, His Spirit may reside within us and serve as God’s sanctifying agency.  Not finding agreement, God’s Spirit cannot reside within us because we cannot walk with a God from Whom we must perpetually hide our sin from His holy presence.  There is no other way but reprobation.  We have lost the benefit of the atonement provided by Christ Jesus and therefore sin cannot be judged as an entity separate from ourselves, and therefore we must be judged within our sin. Cross of Christ

To reject, neglect, or to minimize upon the central purpose of Christ coming as pertaining to the great issue of sin in humankind as well as within ourselves, is to reject the purposes of God both in principle and in terms of its personal efficacy within the man.  The failure to perceive sin and its remedy in the cross as the purpose for Christ’s appearing in flesh and the purpose of His manifesting unto men, is apostasy.  Such apostasy tragically leads to a rejection of the witness, comfort, and presence of the Holy Ghost.

[1] True Compass, by Edward M. Kennedy © 2009, Twelve – Hachette book group, pg. 29.  The book was released a month following Sen. Kennedy’s death.

[2] Matthew 20:28

[3] John 1:29, I John 3:5

[4] II Thessalonians 2:7-8, II Peter 3:12

[5] II Timothy 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

[6] Romans 3:23  “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”


About Lamp-Stand

I was converted to the faith of Jesus Christ in 1982 at which time I received water baptism and Spirit baptism. In the Spring of 2008 I was led of the Spirit through a process of repentance upon which I had an encounter with Christ that worked a profound change upon my inner being. I became aware that I had been forgiven a great debt of sin. I soon felt the Lord's direction that I close my office that my energies not be divided from the study of doctrine.
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