God is our great re-creator. Though His good creation seems hopelessly broken—is hopelessly broken—the purpose of Jesus is to redeem, restore, and re-create. There's still hope for us all.
Main text: Psalm 51
- Who are we? What do we need?
- Psalm 51:1-6
- Church history provides us with precious clarity about sin and grace:
- As God's image-bearers, we are able to do what God commands
- Christ redeems us of our past sins and embodied a just way of life
- We have the ability and the responsibility not to sin; we have no excuses
- We inherit original sin from Adam (i.e. born with a sin nature) (Romans 5:12)
- Jesus is the Physician who restores us to what we were before Adam’s sin – so that we are now free both to sin and not to sin
- God's mercy goes before all our good works
- The Council of Ephesus (431 CE) and the Synod of Orange (529 CE) condemned Pelagius' teaching and affirmed Augustine's core teaching on sin and grace
- Psalm 51:7-17
- Bottom Line: We're broken, but God recreates us