Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Sin and Redemption, PART II

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on August 4, 2008

Part II: Genesis 3:15 fulfilled – Redemption!  If you thought we covered a lot in the first part – strap on your seat belts, we’ve only just started. 🙂

For God so loved the world [that in the fullness of time] He gave [us] His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not parish but have eternal life ~cf Jn 3:16; Eucharistic Prayer II
God shows His Love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us ~Romans 5:8
I will put enmity between your seed and the seed of the woman.  He will crush your head and you will strike at his heel ~cf. Gen 3:15

Okay – sin has entered the world; spiritual death now leads to the physical death (Gen 2:19b); our friendship with God has been seriously damaged as well as our relationship with each other.  If you have your Catechism of the Catholic Church handy, or you can choose it on the side bar, flip to paragraph 387.  It describes completely the above summary.  Go then to para 389, this one is really interesting: The doctrine of original sin is, so to speak, the “reverse side” of the Good News that Jesus is the Savior of all men, that all need salvation, and that salvation is offered to all through Christ.”

But then it continues, to tamper with the revelation of original sin is to undermine the mystery of Christ. So when all those “new philosophies” come out and say that sin isn’t real, you’ve just made a mistake, it’s obvious that they have forgotten our roots and the TRUTH that resides there – all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… ~Romans 3:23

Or as the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us:

Although it is proper to each individual, original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in any of Adam’s descendants. It is a deprivation of original holiness and justice, but human nature has not been totally corrupted: it is wounded in the natural powers proper to it; subject to ignorance, suffering, and the dominion of death, and inclined to sin – an inclination to evil that is called concupiscence.~ CCC 405

In other words, we have HOPE.  That hope resides in Jesus the Christ, the New Adam.  Then as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men [Adam], so one man’s act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men [New Adam]. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous. ~Romans 5:18-19

(ps these aren’t “new philosophies” either, just a restatement of the continual attempt on Satan’s part to make Truth false and what is False truth.)

Dr Brant Pitre makes this awesome observation on Christ’s obedience as compared with Adam’s disobedience:  Adam is the earthly son of God (cf Gen 1:26) and Jesus IS the Son of God (Jn 1:1-3, 14).  Both are tempted by the Devil – Adam says nothing/does nothing but eats the fruit (refer to part I), and sins – death enters into the world; but Jesus, when tempted by the Devil, answers Satan by refuting all of his empty claims (see Mt. 4:1-11), and resisting all temptations to sin (Mt 4:10) brings in a “newness of life” (Romans 6:4).  Adam disobeys but Christ obeys.

Adam’s disobedience makes “many sinners”, while Jesus’ obedience makes “many righteous” (Romans 5:19).  Because of Adam’s sin we lose our place in paradise (Gen 3:23-24), our friendship with God is seriously wounded, and death reigns within our now corruptible bodies (Romans 5:14; Gen 3:19).  Christ’s obedience restores not only our friendship with God (Romans 6:4), but also will restore our corruptible bodies, making them incorruptible in the Resurrection (Rom6:5).

All of this is given to us as a free gift from God, For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16

This free gift then leads to Justification… a word that often creates difficulties between our separated brethren and us.  So it is necessary, neh, ABSOLUTELY necessary to fully understand what Justification is so we can see the connection with the free gift that God gave us in His only Son.  The understanding of this Justification will also better demonstrate Paul’s words when he said,

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.  Do not yeild your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God as men who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under the law but under grace. ~Romans 6:12-14

Next: Part III: Justification and the Mystery of Sin and Redemption

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