All tagged Sin
Does man strive for God and righteousness? Both Paul and Jesus seem to say yes.
Sin is always ever against God. But it is also against God's purpose for man.
We must focus on God's revelation as the center of sin. With this underneath us, we can look at sin as relational not merely ontological.
A healthy understanding of sin recognizes it's dominion over everything that does not belong to Christ. Among those who belong to Christ sin no longer has dominion. It has been put to shame. It has been mocked and ridiculed on the stage of redemptive history. Sanctification lives in this reality.
Christians are called to do what is good and learn to not be prideful in their good works through repentance.
All to often we treat salvation as some kind of substance that we are trying to get a hold of. The story of the Bible, as Chilton and Van Til highlight, speaks of salvation as a state of being. Moreover, salvation is a state of being that will be as expansive as the pervasiveness of sin.
How does that look? Paul says "once were slave" have become ... firm believers in God? holders to "the gospel"? ejectors of "the law"? No, he says "obedient from the heart." And this being obedient is followed up with the description of "being set free from sin."