Guest Post: Of Sin and Symbiotes

James 1:12-18

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.

15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Every Sunday evening my wife and I meet with a group of people from our church in our weekly gathering called “City Group”. Recently we were having a discussion about sin and our leader, David, said “…sin is like the black suit in spiderman…” we all cracked up of course, but soon after the above verses came to my head.

Likening sin to the symbiote is genius. The symbiote gets all over you, makes you feel stronger, brings out your careless side and eventually takes you over making you an ugly, terrible, monster.

Which is our problem as sinful human beings. Look at verses 14 and 15. We get enticed by all these desires but eventually it leads to death. To ugliness. To terribleness. We become monsters, and eventually we are overcome and must face death.

But there is a solution. See in Spiderman whenever the symbiote is hit with loud sonic waves, or in layman’s terms “LOUD NOISES!” it can’t hold up and it runs away. It can’t stand up to the pressure of a superior force.

This is where the gospel comes in to the metaphor. When sin is hit with the good news that Jesus has conquered it, it has to go away. When we understand what Romans 8:1 means, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus” it transforms us into something beautiful, something redeemed, something reconciled to a great Creator.

So we back up to verse 12 of the above passage. Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial. Blessed are we when we come to God and let His Holy Spirit blast us and refine us and get rid of our ugly dirty sin. We become washed clean and the dirtiness goes away. And though it may come crawling back, trying to entice us, we can always stand firm on the foundation we have with our God who saves us.

–Will Flora

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About grantimusmax

Grant Barnes, aka Grantimus Maximus, aka The Nerdcore Theologian. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology with a Masters Degree in Divinity. He is also a commissioned elder in the United Methodist Church, and Senior Pastor at Hemphill First United Methodist Church and Pineland United Methodist Church. He graduated from Texas State University Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in English, minor in History. He watches way too many movies, reads too many books, listens to too much music, and plays too many video games to ever join the mundane reality people claim is the "Real World." He rejects your reality, and replaces it with a vision of what could be, a better one, shaped by his love for God.
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