Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Daily Devotions for Thursday, January 20: Christ as Our New Representative


New Spiritual Health in a New Representative


1) Catechism

7 Q. Then where does this corrupt human nature come from?

A. From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise. This fall has so poisoned our nature that we are born sinners --- corrupt from conception on.

2) Scripture

Jeremiah 17:9:

The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?

Mark 2:17: And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Romans 5:18-19: Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.


Have you ever been sick with the flu? It’s awful isn’t it! Your body aches. You feel sick to your stomach. You have the chills. When you finally feel better, what a relief! It makes you thankful you feel good most of the time.

But what’s the real problem when you have the flu? The real problem is the virus that’s attacking your body. The virus is causing all of these awful symptoms. This is a picture of what sin is like in our lives! The virus is the original sin within us that makes us turn away from God. The symptoms of this original sin are like our actual sins, that is, the sins we actually commit --- the transgressions of God’s holy laws.

Original sin is like a virus in our body. It is an anti-God attitude we are born with. We’ve inherited this anti-God virus from our first parents, Adam and Eve. Original sin is 100% contagious. Adam and Eve have passed it on to every human being brought into the world.

Can we be cured of this awful disease? Thankfully, we have a doctor we can go to for healing. His name is Jesus Christ. He came to call sinners like us to himself. When we come to him by faith, the healing process begins.

But is it fair that Adam sins, and we inherit our sinful nature from him?

Adam was the head or representative of the human race. He represented us, and in a real sense we were with him when he sinned. This is the way God created the human race. But now Christians have a new representative or head when we come to Christ Jesus by faith. Jesus represents us with his perfect sacrifice and righteousness. In a real sense, we were with him when he died and rose (see Romans 6:1-14). In union with Christ our head, his righteousness is imputed to us to free us from guilt, and imparted in us to make us more like himself. Everything we received from Adam in a negative way, we now receive in a positive way from Christ!

Discussion: What is original sin? To what does the catechism compare original sin? What are actual sins? How do actual sins and original sin relate to one another? Who can help to cure us from original sin and actual sins?

Prayer Starter: In your prayer come to Jesus by faith as your new representative and head, asking him to begin to heal you from your sins by his imputed and imparted righteousness.

Hymn for Lord's Day 3
Savior from Original Sin

To the tune ARISE (Come, You Sinners, Poor and Needy or Based on Lord’s Day 3, Q&A 7 and 8 (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 13-20). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
In the garden our first parents
lived with God in light and love.
Adam was our representative
for the children yet to come.

v. 2
In the garden he was tested
seeing if he would obey.
He rejected God’s most holy word,
chose to live in his own way.

v. 3
Adam’s sin affects each person,
born with sin, by guilt oppressed.
We will flee his holy presence,
if our sin is not confessed.

v. 4
Adam’s fall corrupts our nature,
gives to us orig’nal sin.
Poisons springs of all our motives,
we refuse to live for Him.

v. 5
Who can save from guilt, pollution,
the effects of Adam’s sin?
Christ will be our representative,
if we will believe in Him.

v. 6
Who will bring us to Lord Jesus?
It is not our fallen will.
‘Tis the Holy Spirit brings us
to the Father’s grace, goodwill.

v. 7
Born from heaven by the Spirit,
we confess our Jesus, Lord.
God our Father, Christ our brother,
we’re the fam’ly of our Lord.

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