MISSING THE MARK
Friday, June 23, 2017
  Esther 9-10 | Acts 7:1-21

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being…” —Hebrews 1:3

We have all missed the mark so naturally the question is, what is the mark? There are two verses in the New Testament, one given by Paul and the other by John, that tell us what that mark is we have missed.

The first verse is Romans 3:23 where Paul says, ?“...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” In John’s Gospel, we gain an understanding of what the glory of God is. He writes, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). This verse speaks of the glory of God as manifested in Jesus Christ. In practical terms, what John is saying is that when contemporaries of Jesus watched Him play as a boy, study the Scriptures and interact with His siblings, they would see what God is like. As a young man, when they saw Jesus at work in His father’s carpentry shop, how He invoiced His customers, paid the bills and treated His colleagues they would see what God is like. Glory is the moral character of God as seen in His Son.

The second verse is 1 John 3:4, which says, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” To understand what this means, we need to understand what sin is. The word “sin” literally means “to miss the mark.” It stems from the ancient world of archery where if you missed the target it was called “sin.” How much you miss the target, whether by an inch, a foot or a yard, is irrelevant; it is still called “sin.” This is why sin in Scripture is not so much a measurement of how bad we are but how good we are not!

Since John writes that the mark we miss each time we sin is the “law” and Paul tells us the mark we miss is the “glory of God”, then the law of God and the glory of God equal the same thing. As sin is “to miss the mark,” then sin in itself is not an absolute, but is relative. The mark is the absolute, and we can only recognize and measure sin in light of the mark we have missed. The Bible lists many things described as sin, but as sin is falling short of the glory of God and breaking the law of God, then the mark we have missed is the moral character of God. The moral character of God is His glory, and the law was handed down to reveal God’s glory.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for revealing Yourself in ?Your Son. May His Spirit fill me, so that I may become a ?closer reflection of Your glory. Thank You, Lord.


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