Sin’s Power, and Sin’s Weakness

While studying for tonight’s Bible Study from the Book of Acts I ran across this short sentence from the Westminster Confession of Faith (XV.iv). It says simply, “As there is no sin so small, but it deserves damnation; so there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent.”

This reminds us to be humble and take seriously the hideous nature of our sin. If for “every idle word that [we] shall speak, [we] shall give account thereof in the day of judgment,” how much more will we be judged (apart from Christ) for our willful rebellion against a holy and just God. However, we also see the glorious promise that “there is no sin so great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent,” because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the cross for sinners. 

11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you  to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:11-14)

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