The entire world is tired of dealing with COVID-19, it’s delta variant and omicron. Hundreds of thousands have died from this virus, there’s been a world quarantine, shortage of supplies, mask mandates; we want it all gone, don’t we? This past Thanksgiving weekend most of our family tested positive for COVID. Some were very sick and others showed little or no symptoms. Thankfully we have all recovered and seem to be doing fine. Based upon the news the spread of COVID-19 and its variants around the world is even greater than it was in 2020. All of humanity has been affected in some way by this virus, and it may be here to stay.
Sin acts very much like COVID-19. It is highly infectious and the entire world has been effected by sin. Like COVID-19 we don’t all demonstrate the same symptoms from sin. Sin causes some to be seriously ill while others only demonstrate mild symptoms. However, as with COVID-19 whether your symptoms are deadly or mild you have the virus, you are infectious, and you need a cure.
Romans 3:23 states, “For all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”. That part - “fall short of the glory of God” means we all live in a post-sin environment, and not a pre-sin environment. Notice also, that ALL OF US have sinned. There is no one that isn’t infected with the sin-virus. Here is some biblical truth - just because you may demonstrate mild sin symptoms doesn’t mean you are any less a sinner than someone who demonstrates deadly sin symptoms. You alright? That means we all are in need of a vaccine for our sin virus.
Here is what Romans 3:24 states (Notice verse 24 follows verse 23), “…and ALL are justified freely by God’s grace through the redemption (vaccine) that came by Christ Jesus.” The good news is ALL OF US have been vaccinated through Christ Jesus!
Does that means we will no longer sin? No! The vaccine doesn’t eliminate COVID-19, the purpose of the vaccine as I understand it is to help us overcome the deadly symptoms of COVID-19. The same is true of sin. Jesus’ redemption doesn’t mean you don’t or won’t sin, there is no cure for sin in this life; but through Christ comes a transformation of heart that gives us a desire to not sin and overcome the sins that so easily beset us.
I’m spiritually vaccinated but I still have sin symptoms.