Cockroaches & Sin

On my commutes to work lately, I’ve been working through John Piper’s sermon series out of which he wrote the book, “Finally Alive.” During his sermon entitled, Why Do We Need to Be Born Again, Part 2, I heard the grossest, but extremely accurate illustration:

“But the bondage to the devil is most clearly mentioned in 2 Timothy 2:24-26. This is an exhortation to ministers about how to liberate people from the bondage of the devil: “The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”

When Paul says that “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,” that is virtually what happens in the new birth. And here is the key to liberating people from the captivity of the devil. God grants repentance—that is, he awakens the life that sees the ugliness and danger of sin and the beauty and worth of Christ, and that truth sets the prisoner free. It’s what happens when a person in the dark fondles an ebony broach hanging around his neck, and then the spiritual lights go on and he sees it’s not a broach but a cockroach and flings it away. That’s how people are set free from the devil. And until God does that miracle of new birth, we stay in bondage to the father of lies because we love to be able to tell ourselves whatever we please.”


About Aaron Golby

Christian. Husband to Katherine.
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