Sometimes I think people have come to the conclusion that being human is to be equated with being sinful. There is nothing to back up such an assumption and yet it seems to be the normal understanding of things. For instance when someone does something we enjoy, such as sing a song in church, let’s say. We would go to them and say, “You did a great job!” They in turn would say, ever so humbly, “It’s not me it’s the Lord.” Now if the tables were turned the other way it would be something like this. If they do something bad they always say, “I’m no good ” Christians tend to never take credit for doing well, but they will almost always blame themselves for doing bad. Why is that?
What if when we do well it is the Lord? What if when we do bad or sin it isn’t really us either? What if we were designed to be inhabited by a spirit? If you look in Romans 7 you will see this is exactly what Paul is saying. He says, “Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.” Again if you look at Galatians 2:20 you discover it isn’t even Paul living his life; it is Christ. He says, it is no longer I who live but “Christ lives in me.” It isn’t that I’m saying we aren’t responsible. We are responsible but it is more like in a secondary sense. We are not the originator of the sin we are the one in agreement with “the sin (spirit) that dwells in me.” Just as we become righteous by being joined to the Righteous one himself Jesus Christ, by way of the Holy Spirit, dwelling in us.
The Bible clearly shows us we humans are vessels, temples, wives and bodies. We have never been the originators of good or evil. We were created to be the dwelling place of the one that is “Good.” When the rich young ruler came up to Jesus and called him good teacher Jesus’ response was “why do you call me good there is none good?” Jesus himself, as a human being, didn’t think of himself as good. He knew the Father was the only one good. Besides, Jesus never came here to make us good we had a much bigger problem. We were dead in our trespasses and sins. We used to be inhabited by “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.” We didn’t need to be made good we needed to be made alive. The human problem is about more than just doing better or being good.
While most of the world is seeking to make themselves better, God is seeking to deliver us. He knows we need deliverance from a sinful indweller. God never made humans to be sinful. He knew we would be but it wasn’t in the design plan. Don’t get me wrong, God was definitely prepared for sin because we read in 1 Peter we are redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” The blood of Christ was pre-planned even before the first sin took place. Sin is a horrific intruder into the human race therefore it took a horrific solution, Jesus Christ and him being crucified. God determined sin would not have its way and he sent his one and only son here to heal us.
Sin is therefore very much an unnatural intruder into the human family. Amazingly for us this God, who is love, had a plan to rid us of this highjacker of humanity. He has taken his position in the driver seat once again in all that will invite him to be Lord in their life. The sin within humanity is unnatural and it took a very unnatural death to restore us. I thank God he is love and it is only natural for love to go all the way for the ones he loves.