The first step to solving a problem is to admit you have a problem. The second is to figure out what that problem is. However, we often don’t realize that the problem may be that you don’t know what the problem may be! This is something that everyone, even those who don’t really attend a Christian church in Dubai, can relate to in a way.
It is certainly not uncommon for a person to feel that there is a “problem’ within themselves“, but being unable to figure out exactly what it is. In Romans 7:15-16, the apostle Paul describes his problem as “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.”
One way or another, we all have an internal sense of knowing what should be the right thing to do. We are aware of which actions will be the better choice for our health, our relationships, and many other aspects of our lives. And yet we are still not consistent in doing what we need to do. What is causing us to do what we SHOULDN’T do despite knowing better?
Knowing the problem VS Solving the problem
Knowing the problem is not the same as having the solution to it. We can be well aware of what the problem is and know what we need to do: after all, there is no shortage of advice from the people close to us, from self-help books, from the bible, and so many other sources. In reality we don’t really need anyone to tell us exactly what to do. It’s not that we don’t know what to do. Sometimes we know the solution YET we can’t figure out how to do it.
The real problem: the original sin
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned- – Romans 5:12
Have you ever noticed how we weren’t taught how to sin? One of the reasons we are unable to change certain aspects of ourselves despite knowing they are wrong is that we forget one very important detail: we are all born in sin. No one taught us how to sin, yet it comes naturally to us, because we were all born in sin!
Before you get offended, remember that we were all born a sinner not because of the things we did, but because we were born in Adam. Hence when Adam sinned, everyone born after him sinned.
That’s not all. What followed in the heels of sin is death. Notice how this occurs even today. Whether it is a part of ourselves, our relationships, or an actual person, death follows any act of sin we do.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. – Romans 5:6
Apostle Paul says we are all ungodly. Rather than take this as judgment, we should take it as it is. God is perfect, and we are imperfect. There are no exceptions. We are ungodly not because we are horrible people, but because we are not God.
Thus, God demonstrates His own love in that while we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us on the cross. At the exact moment that men all over the world were doing some act of sin, Jesus died on the cross in order for us to be forgiven for our sins.
The gift of justification
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! – Roman 5:15
The trespass was Adam’s act of sin in the garden that condemned all men. Sin is driven from having been born in Adam, but the gift of a right standing with God is much more powerful! The gift followed many trespasses, bringing justification. However when we are taken out of Adam and placed into Christ, then we are given the gift of righteousness and justification. God sees each and every one of us as someone who is forgiven. This also means that despite us feeling incapable of doing what is right at times, we are actually capable of reigning over all the power that seems to overpower us because of the original sin — through Christ.