Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Justified, but with a limp
13 So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.” (II Samuel 12:13-14).
David's sin was that he had committed adultery, and then committed murder to try and cover his wicked act. When discovered, David confessed his sin, and this confession resulted in forgiveness. However, there still remained consequences.
The same with us. We can be justified, and our sins can be forgiven, but because we have transgressed the Laws of God, there remain consequences throughout our lives. Every sin has consequences. Sin is the transgression of the Law of God. Obedience to God's Law also has a consequence, which is an ensuing blessing.
Many Christians celebrate our justification, which is a free gift from God because of the atonement secure by Christ's death, burial and resurrection - and so they should. However, they then live as if the Law of God has no place in their lives, not realising that such lawlessness has negative consequences. Each transgression of God's Law has consequences - some individual in scope, some affecting the family, some extending to the local church, and others bringing down the nation.
The measure of a man's sanctification is the extent to which he has become a keeper of God's Law. A man's progress in his Law-keeping is evidence that he was justified, or that he is a pretender, perhaps even deceiving himself in regards to his own salvation.
O Lord, thank you for the free gift of justification. I cannot add to the atonement that Christ secured for me at Calvary. O Lord, fill me full of such love for Christ, that I will cry out with His Spirit, "O how I love Thy Law, it is my meditation all the day."