Genesis 3:6-10

2 Corinthians 6:13-7:1

Luke 18:9-14

Genesis 3:6-10 In the Garden of Eden when Eve transgressed and gave of the fruit to Adam and he ate also, their first response was to try to cover their nakedness with leaves. Then when Jehovah came to see them they hid because of shame.

2 Corinthians 6:13 Paul in his letter to the Corinthian church, has exposed their sinful behavior, to which they have appropriately responded in repentance to, and now he is requesting them to open wide to him, to come out of hiding. It is in the human nature to hide because of shame. When we are caught in sin, or have it revealed to us we often shut down, and go into hiding because we are ashamed. In verse 13 Paul is basically asking these Corinthians to come out in the open, after all, they have shown signs of repentance, 2 Cor. 7.9, and need to no longer hide from him. If, after we have sinned and repented, there is no forgiveness, then Christ has died needlessly. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins he is faithful and Just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The key word in this passage from John is Justice.

Justice is a judicial word meaning complete fairness according to the requirements of the Law. In Christianity we have the doctrine of Justification, which is summed up in Romans 3:26 “For the demonstration of God’s righteousness at the present time, so that He, (Christ), would be both just and justifier of the one who has faith in Him.” This means that the sinner who has faith in Christ, is freed by the benefits of faith from condemnation which his sins deserved. Romans 8:33 asks the question, “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?” The answer, “God is the One who justifies.” and “Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who intercedes for us.”

Justification means to “acquit of guilt, him who has been accused.” “Therefore, since God justifies us by the the intercession of Christ, He absolves us, not by the confirmation of innocence, but by the imputation of righteousness. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “He made Him who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Acts 13:38-39 “Therefore let it be known to you brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed, (justified), from all things, from which you could not be freed, (justified), through the Law.”

Luke 18: 9-14 tells the parable of the Pharisee and the tax gatherer who went the Temple to pray. The pharisee stood apart from the crowd who had gathered for the daily Atonement sacrifice, because he did not want to be defiled by the unwashed masses, and bragged to God loudly about how good he was. The Tax man then, also standing afar off because of the position he put himself in as a traitor to his nation, realizing his sin, his shortcomings, beat upon his breast and asked, “is there an atonement for me, even me?” Not willing to even lift his eyes to the heavens. Jesus said of this last man, “I tell you this man went to his house ‘justified’ rather than the other; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

This is all accomplished through the suffering, death, and resurrection of our true Savior Jesus Christ, who sent the Holy Spirit to be our advocate and to lead us in righteous works. We who believe are in fact acquitted of our sins and now are free to serve the Living God, for 2 Corinthians 6:16 says “we are the temple of the Living God.”

Knowing from scripture what and why we believe what we believe is important for us to know. We then have an answer for those who would question us as to why we do believe. As satan increases his attacks on this world we need all the more to be strong in the word of God and ready to defend our faith.

Karl