Monday, November 03, 2008

Confessing Sin as Adamic Opposite

Adam and Eve fled from God because they sinned and feared God's judgment.

It seems to me that standing before God and "confessing" sin is exactly the opposite of "fleeing" from God because of sin.

So when we gather before the altar (or individually before the pastor) -- before God's very presence -- and confess our sins, we act exactly the opposite of our parents according to the flesh. It is a palpable sign that Jesus solved Adam's sin problem.

Because of what Christ did for us, instead of fear, "we draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb 4.16). We draw near because we trust that "If we confess our sins, God is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn 1.9).

Because we do not flee, but instead stand and confess our sin, the liturgy picks up precisely where the fall left us, manifesting with clarity that, because of what Jesus accomplished for us, we assemble as new creations in a new Eden inaugurated by the new Adam, Jesus Christ.


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