The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Jesus’ purpose on the cross tell us …
We are more sinful and weak than we ever cared to admit and (why Jesus had to die for me) …
We are more loved and accepted than we ever dared to hope (why Jesus was glad to die for me).
I do a lot of discussion about Idolatry because, at it root, all sin and all pathologies come from an inability to embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ to its fullest depth. Idolatry and not embracing the DEEP truth and meaning of the gospel go hand in hand. Basically man has a major worship disorder. No sin will ever occur unless we break the first commandment first…. to worship no other thing before God. As a matter of fact scripture calls the Gospel the thing of first importance:
1Co 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 1Co 15:4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
1Co 15:5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
Scripture even says our idolatry is common to all men. Therefore, we should not look down on people that just have a different type of idol than ourself. Idols come in many forms — they can be sex, money, power or the pursuit of worldly things. Other desires of the heart for power, human approval, success, preeminence, wealth, self-righteousness, and so forth–are also potent masters that can also be in the form of many Church and religious activities.
John Calvin once called the human heart an idol factory. Martin Luther reflected this as he broke away from the Roman Catholic Church’s desire to place religious preeminence over the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
As I type this I am thinking of another bit of scripture.
1Co 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
1Co 10:14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
God is a jealous God as is stated in the 1st commandment. Don’t test the limits of idolatry. Flee!
The good news of the good news of Jesus Christ is that if we can start seeing our sin as a worship disorder (what do you worship first)… you start seeing what Satans real plan is… to divert you from worshiping the God who came to us through Jesus Christ. I have talked to a lot of people that have come to wits end about their sin. They have a strong knowledge of scripture…. but have lost of hope of overcoming. Seeing all of scripture as a number of lessons that are all about idolatry has helped them out. It has simplifed their battle and given them an understanding of Satans techniques
Its important to see scripture as a lesson that points to Jesus Christ that it boils down to one question. Do you love the world more… or do you love Jesus more? When you start finding your identity in Jesus and the Gospel you start to see the difference between DO vs DONE! When you see it as DONE for you on the cross the question “DO YOU LOVE ME?” like Jesus asked Peter has very significant meaning.
Who do you love? Do you believe the root of your sin in basically a worship disorder? Also, do you see a God PURSUING sinners in the Gospel? If we are not GRIPPED by Gods grace it becomes diffiicult if not impossible to overcome our sin.
We all worship something… some people may not worship anything religious … perhaps they worship their own independence.
Idolatry basically tells us that we have our priorities wrong. Our priorities always should be God first, our spouse second, everything else third.
Thats all for today