An authenticating test as to whether we are walking in a genuine adventure of faith composed by God is…who is being tested…God or ourselves.
If we are the ones on trial…if we are carrying the load…if it is our talents, abilities, and character that is being put to the test…there is a good chance that we are walking in the flesh…that we as Spirit-born Christians are still in self-sovereignty…that we are doing the best we can and as yet are unaware of biblical faith.
In every God-scripted journey of faith recorded in the Bible…the predominant question is not how well we can perform within our individual gifts and talents…but rather the question under examination centers around the reliability, truthfulness, and capacity of God to come through in the crisis…with a very minor component in each life-drama…consisting of our ability to release and maintain our faith as the challenge of the scenario progresses.
Without exception, this concept is patterned for us in every positive character of faith in the Bible…the cross of Christ and the subsequent resurrection three days later being the preeminent example of God’s competence and saving provision demonstrated through the initiation and performance of God’s higher ways (Isa. 55:8-9), even when we are not in control and do not have a full understanding of what is happening at the time.
What is sin?
This brings us to a fundamental question…what exactly is sin?
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden did not murder someone…did not rob a bank…did not embezzle money from a company…did not cheat on their taxes. Sin defined in the most general sense is to fall short of God’s intended purpose for our lives…to go our own way (Isa. 53:5-6) and not become who and what God created us to be.
Eating the forbidden fruit…from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…questioned the veracity of the word of God. In John 16:9 Jesus equates sin as unbelief…not believing in Him. Unbelief at its root…questions and doubts the motivations and trustworthiness of the character of our Creator God…our Father.
This is why entering into our God-composed journey of faith life-script for Spirit-born Christians is so important. Our God-scripted journey of faith not only redeems us to the fullest extent…preparing us for an eternity in the kingdom of God…but equally important redeems and vindicates the character of God and His unselfish love for us.
Jesus says in John 8:36 that if the Son makes us free…we will be free indeed. If we develop a personal relationship of trust with God in this current broken world environment…divinely crafted with events and circumstances unimaginable and unforeseeable by us…then we are safe…free indeed…from the debilitating rebellion of self-sovereignty and self-rulership within God’s kingdom forever.
No human writer could or would compose journeys of faith that put God to the test…from what possible frame of reference would anyone originate such a thing?
Genesis in the Bible starts out with highly sophisticated journey of faith themes that continue throughout the Bible all the way through the Book of Acts in the New Testament…themes of biblical faith that even today are outside of the reach or comprehension of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking (Jn. 15:18-27).