Friday, April 01, 2011

What's Your Condition?

Back in 1968 Kenny Rogers and the First Edition made a hit recording of  "To See What Condition My Condition was In." Knowing that this song most definitely has to deal with the drug culture of the 1960's it makes a good intro into the topic of my sermon for this coming Sunday, April 3, 2011.

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.  
At first glance it does not seem like a very "good news" kind of statement, but if we are at all honest with ourselves I believe it does truly speak to the condition our condition is in. Sadly, this present condition was not the condition for which we were created.  As Genesis 1:26-27 says, we were created in the image of God.  We were created to live in relationship with our Creator.  The reality is that loving relationship did not seem to be enough for us. Rather than being content and satisfied with God being Creator and we living as His creation, we chose to take matters into our own hands...we chose to be gods.

As history as adequately shown, we have not done so well in being gods.  We are not, in theological jargon, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, nor sovereign enough to pull off being god with any measure of success.  In fact, history proves we have messed things up pretty bad...often blaming the True God for the problems that our own selfish sin has created.

The condition gets worse! For not only has God left us to our own devices (see Romans 1:18-31), but we are also under the penalty of death for our sin. (Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23, the first part)  Our present condition, apart from some miracle, leaves us without any hope.

But thanks be to God!  For He Himself has proved that "miracle." The solution to our condition is found in the Person of Jesus Christ and His death upon the cross and His resurrection from the dead!  The Scriptures tell us that God sent His perfect Son to take our place. To take upon Himself that sin and its punishment that was ours! (2 Corinthians 5:21 and Romans 5:9 and Romans 6:23, the last part!)

As our Statement of Faith makes clear, our condition was not God, but because of God's great love for us (John 3:16-17 and Ephesians 2:8-9) not only have our sins be atoned for (1 John 2:1-2), that is we have not just been forgiven, (1 John 1:9) but we have also been reconciled, that is brought back into that relationship with the Sovereign Creator God that we were meant to have from the beginning!

But wait, it gets even better! Our condition is not only rescued and reconciled, but it is also being renewed. God is once again at the work of working out His Image in us, the very image of His Son. (Romans 8:29-30 and 1 John 3:2-3)  Now, there's something to get excited about!

So, my dear reader, "What condition is your condition in?"

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