More Sinful As We Grow In Christ?

June 19, 2012

Do we get more sinful, the closer we get to God?  That’s kind of crazy but that seems to be how the Apostle Paul seemed to describe his own life.

Paul thought he had it all going on before meeting Christ.  He was a member of the prestigious Jewish Religious group, the Pharisees.  The Pharisees were so religious that the 10 commandments weren’t enough for them.  They made up over 600 more rules to follow.

Then Paul became a Christ-Follower.  Here is the progression of his attitude about his own spiritual standing:

Right after becoming a Christ-follower, he considered himself “the least of the Apostles.”  (1 Corinthians 15:9)  He had “transferred” from the elite group of Pharisees to another “elite” group, the Apostles.  He did, however, now consider himself as the least of the Apostles.

A few years later he wrote Ephesians 3:8.  In this passage, he said that he was the “least of all the saints.”  Now he seems to have slipped in his opinion of himself.  He is now not just the least of the Apostles but the least of the saints.

Checking in on Paul’s writing just a bit later, he now claims to be the “foremost of sinners.”  (1 Timothy 1:15)  He seems to have fallen even farther in his walk.

Although Paul seemed to be on a “down-ward” spiral in his own words, I believe the opposite is true.  Paul came to appreciate the grace of God more and more in his own life.  He didn’t become more sinful but the closer he got to God, the more he realized how much God had done for him in sending His only son to pay for our sins.

What have you learned since you have begun your journey with Christ?

8 Responses to “More Sinful As We Grow In Christ?”

  1. redonnocarmon said

    I take the same view as Paul. The more I learn of God, the more I realize the depth, length and width of his Grace! It not only causes me to be extremely grateful but it also causes me to extend grace to others. Good post!

    • eddiepoole said

      Great attitude and outlook! I agree. The older I get, the more inclined I am to extend grace to others as I realize how much I’ve been forgiven. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Angie Cox said

    The closer we grow to God, the more aware we are of who and what we are. Yes, we recognize God’s grace in our lives, but we also recognize our proper place. We begin to see ourselves solely as an imperfect vessel used by God for His purpose. We recognize that what we do is not what has power but God who does it through us is where all power lives. We no longer elevate ourselves. We become humble and give all of the glory to God.

    • eddiepoole said

      Amen Angie! Great points! We realize that we are powerless without Him. I think when we’re younger we think we can do more by ourselves.

      Reminds me of John 5:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING”

      Maybe we start to realize the truth of that verse as we get older too.

  3. Linden Wolfe said

    The closer I get to the pure white light of God’s holiness the more my sinfulness is exposed. And the bigger His grace becomes.

    • eddiepoole said

      Thanks for the comment, Linden! It’s amazing how we get more grace filled as our lives are filled with experiences and we grow in our relationship with the giver of grace.

      BTW, hope you’re doing well!

  4. Don said

    Reblogged this on One Bondservant's Diary and commented:
    The more I come to know, the more I understand how little I knew in the first place. Coming to greater knowledge of my own sin is no exception.

    • eddiepoole said

      If we followed Christ in our younger years, we were ready to take on hell with a water pistol. That’s a good thing but I know in my case I wasn’t always the most grace filled person. You’re right. I can attest that too. The more I get to know God, the more I realize I really aren’t as smart as I thought I was. lol Knowing Him is what counts.

      Thanks for the reblog, Don!

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