Galatians 2:17, “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not!”
Paul brings forth the question that I have used for the subject of this discussion. For most, this seems like an obvious no. There are some though that like to blame God for all that is wrong in the world. There are some that seem to think that God is the author of sin. They could not be further from the truth. Is Christ the minister of sin? As Paul puts it, “certainly not!”
But if. In this short, two letter word, a question is proposed. The big ‘if.” In this question, Paul is trying to get people to think about what it is that he is saying. Paul had just wrapped talking about how we are justified by faith in Christ Jesus and not by our works. With this “if,” Paul was asking to look at this thought provoking question.
While we seek to be justified by Christ. In order to be justified by Jesus, we need to seek Jesus. Seems like a simple statement and yet, profound. Jesus lived and died so that we can be saved from sin. Justification comes from the Greek word δικαιόω dikaióō, dik-ah-yo’-o; meaning to render (i.e. show or regard as) just or innocent:—free, justify(-ier), be righteous. When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we become righteous and innocent. Not on our own but our sin that we have is washed away and we can live as ones without imperfection. We can be innocent of the crime and punishment of sin.
We ourselves also are found sinners. Without the grace of Jesus, we are stuck in our sin. Before coming to Jesus, we are hopeless sinners on a crash course directly for Hell. We cannot save ourselves from our sin. We cannot stop sinning. We cannot make ourselves perfect or clean our souls from the effects of sin. Only Jesus can clean our souls from sin, deliver us from sin, and make us righteous as He is righteous.
Is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Does Jesus preach that we should try to sin? No. Does Jesus want us to sin. No. Is Jesus in favor of sin? No. The fact is, Jesus died to take away the power of sin. He does not like sin. He does not like what sin does. He does not want us to sin. He wants us to be with Him and God the Father in Heaven. Jesus is not a minister of sin.
Certainly not! Since Jesus is not, then who is? There is a minister of sin and his name is Satan. He wants us to sin and fall short of the standards of God. He wants us to ignore God. He wants us to deny salvation. He is comfortable with us living in sin. Jesus combats Satan and wins every time. Jesus and His power defeats sin and everything that Satan can throw at us. Jesus is victorious and because Jesus is victorious, we can be victorious too. Sin is no longer bondage to us. We are set free.
Thank You that sin no longer has power in our life. We know who Your Son is and He is not an encourager of sin. Sin is evil and we are thankful for an answer to it. You truly are so righteous and amazing. We come to You as sinners and then become sinless in Your sight. Help us to lean on You for all that we are and all that we need. Now and forever. Please save us from sin daily and help us to sin no longer.
In Your name we pray,