Truth About Sin, Righteousness and Judgment
God, as the righteous moral governor of the universe, must bring a proper judgment to pass regarding sin. This is a very important part of the message of the evangelist. As I have stated previously, it is necessary for a rich appreciation of the Good News that one senses the impact of the Bad News. The Holy Spirit actively promotes conviction that is based upon a comparison between sin and righteousness and the appropriate judgment involving such (Jn.16:8). As fellow workers, together with God, we are to proclaim truth that the Holy Spirit can use to further such conviction. Paul states, and it behooves us to proclaim the same, that, “…the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness…” (Ro.1:18).
The essence of our message about sin is that God has made truth available, and the sinner finds it to be an unappealing obstacle to their preferred self-centered approach toward life, therefore, suppressing such truth. When dealing with sinners, it is often the case that they will construct elaborate, but unreasonable, justifications for continuing down the path of sin they prefer. We must do all we can to make this a difficult endeavor. The external expressions of sin in which sinners engage are manifestations of their unwillingness to honor God as God (Ro.1:21).