Another great quote from Of First Importance this afternoon [below].
This was very affirming to a main idea in my sermon this past Sunday, when I said that the prime objective of the life of the Christian is not the avoidance of sin. Rather, the prime objective of the Christian life is to glorify God by pursuing Jesus and all his promises of grace for us found in the Gospel, purchased at the cross. Read on…..
“To speak of sin by itself, to speak of it apart from the realities of creation and grace, is to forget the resolve of God. God wants shalom and will pay any price to get it back. Human sin is stubborn, but not as stubborn as the grace of God and not half so persistent, not half so ready to suffer to win its way.
Moreover, to speak of sin by itself is to misunderstand its nature: sin is only a parasite, a vandal, a spoiler. Sinful life is a partly depressing, partly ludicrous caricature of genuine human life. To concentrate on our rebellion, defection and folly — to say to the world, ‘I have some bad news and I have some bad news’ — is to forget that the center of the Christian religion is not our sin but our Savior.
To speak of sin without grace is to minimize the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the fruit of the Spirit, and the hope of shalom.”
– Cornelius Plantinga, Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be, 199