Ref: Revelation 1:5-6, Hebrews 13:12.
Our sin ruins us in two ways. It makes us guilty before God, so that we are under his just condemnation; and it makes us ugly in our behavior, so that we disfigure the image of God we were meant to display. It damns us with guilt, and it enslaves us to lovelessness.
The blood of Jesus frees us from both miseries. It satisfies God’s righteousness so that our sins can be justly forgiven. And it defeats the power of sin to make us slaves to lovelessness.
I see two things in this chapter:
- We don’t free ourselves from sin. That’s why we’re so prone to falling back into the same old bad habits: we try to do it by our own willpower, which isn’t a guarantee for lasting results.
- Being freed from slavery to sin is a long process. A lifelong process. Ouch.