I Am A Sinner
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM, LORD’S DAY 2
How do you come to know your misery?
The law of God tells me
What does the law of God require of us?
Christ teaches us this in summary in Matthew 22:37-40 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.
Can you live up to tall this perfectly?
No. I have a natural tendency to hate God and my neighbor.
I Am A Sinner
Sunday, January 8: 1 John 1:5-2:2
A Reformed Christian is not ashamed to confess: I “have a natural tendency to hate God and my neighbor.” In theory. I suspect we do not like to talk this way, but we can’t avoid it. My biggest problem is not that a tornado could wipe out my South Dakota home or that I may be diagnosed with heart disease or systems of justice may betray my family or that I will spend time with in-laws. My biggest problem is my personal sin – my rebellion against God’s will or my failure to measure up to His glory revealed in Christ. Sin is much more than a mistake, a miscalculation or an error in judgement. Ultimately, it the idolatry of the self. That is why my “natural tendency” is to “hate God and my neighbor.” We will look more carefully at what that means this week. For now, it is enough to ponder this truth. If we are to genuinely treasure Christ, we must come to terms with and confess the greatness of our sin and misery. Only when His grace intersects with our sinful brokenness is there freedom and forgiveness. Consider 1 John 1:8-9: “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Simply put, when in pride we refuse to confess sin we remain enslaved to sin and misery. Do you want God’s grace to intersect with your brokenness?
Pastor Cal Hoogendoorn