A Sinner Receives Forgiveness
Our knowledge and will are not powerful enough to overcome the failure.
We can’t be good because we aren’t good (see Jer. 17:9; Mark 10:18).
Point 1: The King’s Captivity to Sin (2 Sam. 11:1-5, Sin Enslaves)
Point 2: The King’s Compounding of Sin (2 Sam. 11:8-9,13-17, Sin Breeds sin)
Sin captures our imagination and deceives us.
Sin is taking one’s love (1 Cor. 13:4a, 6b-7) for God and redirecting it to a distorted love of self (1 Cor. 13:4b-6a) through any lack of conformity to God’s law or will in action, attitude, or nature (1 Jn. 3:4; 5:17). Sin is a special type of evil, different from adversity (Job. 2:10; Eccl. 7:14; Isa. 45:7; Matt. 5:45). As a principle, sin resides within every man (Rom. 7:17, 21) and enslaves him (John 8:34; Rom. 6:15-23).
The Bible states that out of the principle of sin within every man flow acts of sin (Matt. 15:19).
Original Sin refers to Adam’s first sin (Gen. 3:6) and its relationship with every generation that has followed him (Rom. 5:12-21).
Point 3: The King’s Confession of Sin (Ps. 51:4-10, Surrender Liberates)
We who are believers tend to evaluate our character and conduct relative to the moral culture in which we live. Since we usually live at a higher moral standard than society at large, it is easy for us to feel good about ourselves and to assume that God feels that way also. We fail to reckon with the reality of sin still dwelling within us.
when we sin, when we violate the law of God in any way, be it ever so small in our eyes, we rebel against the sovereign authority and transcendent majesty of God. To put it bluntly, our sin is an assault on the majesty and sovereign rule of God. It is indeed cosmic treason.