How many times have you heard or have told someone, “Be reasonable!”?… That’s a reasonable request, isn’t it? The dictionary defines Reason as – “sound judgment; good sense. to think or argue in a logical manner.” My, Oh my, do we ever need that these days. Many arguments and wars have been started and fueled by unreasonable expectations and/or misunderstandings. Often, demands can not be met because of circumstances out of ones control. And if the one doing the demanding is so self-absorbed and self-focused to get his or her way, then there is an impasse. God has demanded His created beings, us – you and me, to be holy and without sin. “Really God? I’ve tried and failed, honestly, I can’t! You seem to be demanding an unreasonable action out of me. Be reasonable with me. Did you not say in 1 John 1:8 that, If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us?” It seems God’s great Apostle Paul also had trouble with this as well. He gave this account concerning himself as well as all of humanity,
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin… For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not…. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (Romans 7:14; 7:18; 7:24)
But wait, I’ve always heard that God is “Love” and is kind/easygoing, and He loves us just the way we are. Is He UN-reasonable or reasonable in His expectations of us in this matter of sin?
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)
There you have it. It’s settled, right? What is it that He wants to “reason together” with us about? How about this for starters…
- Joh 1:29 ¶ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
- Galatians 3:22 – But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
- Hebrews 9:26b – …he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
According to these Bible verses, the reasoning God wants to have with us is… He wants to impart His righteous to us by faith in His Son Jesus Christ. God placed our sins on Jesus at the cross when He took our sins upon Himself once and for all.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
What’s the argument then? Our argument is with ourselves as to our belief. It is on record that Jesus died for our sins. Are we convinced of our sins? Do we or do we not believe the record that God gave of His Son? ( 1 John 5:9-13). “The choice is yours… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).