| WHAT IS SIN? WHAT IS SALVATION?|
OSWALD CHAMBERS: WHAT IS SIN? WHAT IS SALVATION?
The Bible does not deal with sin as a disease; it does not deal with the outcome of sin, it deals with the disposition of sin itself. The disposition of sin is what our Lord continually faced, and it is this disposition that the Atonement removes. Immediately our evangelism loses sight of this fundamental doctrine of the disposition of sin and deals only with external sins, it leaves itself open to ridicule.
We have cheapened the doctrine of sin and made the Atonement a sort of moral lavatory in which men can come and wash themselves from sin, and then go and sin again and come back for another washing.
This is the doctrine of the Atonement: Him who knew no sin (not sins)Him who had not the disposition of sin, who refused steadfastly, and to the death on Calvary, to listen to the temptations of the prince of this world, who would not link Himself on with the ruling disposition of humanity, but came to hew a way single-handed through the hard face of sin back to GodHe made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (rv).
The disposition of sin that rules our human nature is not suppressed by the Atonement, not sat on, not cabined and confined, it is removed. Human nature remains unaltered, but the hands and eyes and all our members that were used as the servants of the disposition of sin can be used now as servants of the new disposition (see Romans 6:13). Then comes the glorious necessity of militant holiness. Beware of the teaching that allows you to sink back on your oars and drift; the Bible is full of pulsating, strenuous energy. From the moment a man is readjusted to God then begins the running, being careful that the sin which doth so easily beset usdoes not clog our feet.
I believe that God so radically, so gloriously, and so comprehensively copes with sin in the Atonement that He is more than master of it, and that a practical experience of this can take place in the life of anyone who will enter into identification with what Jesus Christ did on the Cross. What is the good of saying, I believe in Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world if you cannot answer the blunt question, What has He saved you from? The test is not in theories and theologies, but in practical flesh and blood experience. Jesus Christ is our Saviour because He saves us from sin, radically altering the ruling disposition. Anyone who has been in contact with the Lord when He alters the ruling disposition knows it, and so do others. But there is a painful, tremendous repentance first. The whole teaching of the Bible on the human side is based on repentance. The only repentant man is the holy man, and the only holy man is the one who has been made so by the marvel of the Atonement. And here comes the wonderlet the blunders of lives be what they may, let hereditary tendencies be what they like, let wrongs and evils crowd as they will, through the Atonement there is perfect readjustment to God, perfect forgiveness, and the gift of a totally new disposition which will manifest itself in the physical life just as the old disposition did (see Romans 6:19). Jesus Christ comes as the last Adam to take away the abnormal thing (which we call natural), the disposition of my right to myself, and He gives us a new disposition, viz., His own heredity of unsullied holiness, Holy Spirit.
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This is a good word, murrcolr!
I think what he is affirming is that there is a sinful nature in man, but 'in Christ' we can be regenerated and the sinful nature (Old Man) is crucified and removed. We now have a new nature in Christ and therefore should no longer be under the power of sin.
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Here's another quote and his testimony, what he is affirming is that there is a siful nature in men but that is dealt after conversion, that after conversion God brings us to a place of crisis...
There is a place of crisis to which every saint must come, for there is an inherent humanism in all men and women, and even after conversion to Christ there lingers a dualistic nature. We have tasted of the Divine nature, but we have yet to come into the fullness of Jesus Christ, and unless we see the Lord high and lifted up, and come into a conscious awareness of our own dustness in light of Gods own Godness, we will lack the ultimate kind of surrender that alone makes the Christian a voice in his generation.
I see now that God was taking me by the light of the Holy Spirit and His Word through every ramification of my being. The last three months of those years things reached a climax, I was getting very desperate. I knew no one who had what I wanted; in fact I did not know what I did want. But I knew that if what I had was all the Christianity there was, the thing was a fraud.
Those of you who know the experience, know very well how God brings one to the point of utter despair, and I got to the place where I did not care whether everyone knew how bad I was, I cared for nothing on earth, saving to get out of my present condition.
At a little meeting held during a League of Prayer mission in Dunoon, a well-known lady was asked to take the after meeting. She did not speak, but set us to prayer, and then sang, Touch me again, Lord. I felt nothing, but I knew emphatically my time had come, and I rose to my feet.
I had no vision of God, only a sheer dogged determination to take God at His word and to prove this thing for myself, and I stood up and said so. That was bad enough but what followed was ten times worse. After I had sat down the lady worker, who knew me well, said: That is very good of our brother, he has spoken like that as an example to the rest of you.
I got up again and said: I got up for no ones sake, I got up for my own sake; either Christianity is a downright fraud, or I have not got hold of the right end of the stick. And then and there I claimed the gift of the Holy Spirit in dogged committal to Luke 11.13.
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