Let me present a brief summary of these conditions as taught by the Bible and repeated through the centuries by the holiest, sweetest saints the world has ever known:
- We must forsake our sins…
- There must be an utter commital of the whole life to Christ in faith…
- There must be a reckoning of oursevles to have died unto sin and to be alive unto God in Christ Jesus, followed by a throwing open of the entire personality to the inflow of the Holy Spirit.
- We must boldly repudiate the cheap values of the fallen world and become completely detached in spirit from everything that unbelieving men set their hearts upon, allowing ourselves only the simplest enjoyments of nature which God has bestowed alike upon the just and unjust.
- We must practice the art of long and loving meditation upon the majesty of God.
- As the knowledge of God becomes more wonderful, greater service to our fellow men will become for us imperative.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 92-94
While a complete explanation of the origin of sin eludes us, there are a few things we do know. In His sovereign wisdom God has permitted evil to exist in carefully restricted areas of His creation, a kind of fugitive outlaw whose activities are temporary and limited in scope. In doing this God has acted according to His infinite wisdom and goodness. More than that no one knows at present; and more than that no one needs to know. The name of God is sufficient guarantee of the perfection of His works.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 88
We can never know the enormity of our sin, neither is it necessary that we should. What we can know is that “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 77
A simpler and more familiar solution for the problem of how God can be just and still justify the unjust is found in the Christian doctrine of redemption. It is that, through the work of Christ in atonement, justice is not violated but satisfied when God spares a sinner. Redemptive theology teaches that mercy does not become effective toward a man until justice has done its work. The just penalty for sin was exacted when Christ our Substitute died for us on the cross.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 70-71
The whole outlook of mankind might be changed if we could all believe that we dwell under a friendly sky and that the God of heaven, though exalted in power and majesty is eager to be friends with us.
But sin has made us timid and self-conscious, as well it might. Years of rebellion against God have bred in us, a fear that cannot be overcome in a day. The captured rebel does not enter willingly the presence of the king he has so long fought to unsuccessfully to overthrow. But if he is truly penitent he may come, trusting only in the loving-kindness of his Lord and the past will not be held against him.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 67
God never changes moods or cools off in His affections or loses enthusiasm. His attitude toward sin is now the same as it was when He drove out the sinful man from the eastward garden, and His attitude toward the sinner remains the same as when He stretched forth His hands and cried, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 43
Unbelief is actually perverted faith, for it puts its trust not in the living God but in dying men. The unbeliever denies the self-sufficiency of God and usurps attributes that are not his. This dual sin dishonors God and ultimately destroys the soul of the man.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 30
That is sin in its concentrated essence; yet because it is natural it appears to be good. It is only when in the gospel the soul is brought before the face of the Most Holy One without the protective shield of ignorance that the frightful incongruity is brought home to the conscience. In the language of evangelism the man who is thus confronted by the fiery presence of Almighty God is said to be under conviction.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 25
In this utter dependence of all things upon the creative will of God lies the possibility for both holiness and sin. One of the marks of God’s image in man in his ability to exercise moral choice. The teaching of Christianity is that man chose to be independent of God and confirmed his choice by deliberately disobeying a divine command. This act violated the relationship that normally existed between God and His creature; it rejected God as the ground of existence and threw man back upon himself. Thereafter he became not a planet revolving around the central Sun, but a sun in his own right, around which everything else must revolve.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 24
Christ won the battle of Calvary against sin and won the cosmic war against Satan. He wins over carnal logismoi (idolatrous constructions that provide alternative accounts and answers to the fundamental questions of life. They are spiritual metanarratives that shape people’s lives, deviating them from the truth of Christ) and calls all men to repent and believe in Him. Christ’s victory is the reason we can engage in this spiritual battle with the right spiritual weapons, loving our neighbors but being relentlessly against everything that hinders the way of salvation.
– de Chirico, Lenoard; TableTalk; “Strongholds and Supremecy”; January, 2019; p. 37