These two verses are good ones to memorize in order to maintain in your mind the big picture of the gospel, as well as the details applied to you personally. The Lord says that sin is an evil thing; that you by nature have been a sinner and that he has provided a Savior who is the only way you can be reconciled to God.

In verse 21 we are given details about the sinner. Paul says the sinner is “alienated” from God. Sin causes a break between the sinner and God. There is no friendship. God is not acceptable to the sinner and neither is the sinner acceptable to God. There is no fellowship between darkness and light; evil and good.

The sinner is also described as “hostile” in mind toward God. When you have felt your face burn with anger you have felt hostility toward someone or something. This is the sinful disposition the sinner has toward God. God is not good in the sinful mind; rather he is to be resisted and put down. Men are not trying to reach God, except to bring him down.

Paul also says the sinner is characterized by “doing evil deeds.” The many adulteries, thefts, murders, and wickedness plainly prove the perversion of man’s will and depravity. If the sinner shrinks from open murder or adultery, he is full of vanity or greed, some form of self-promotion in order to indulge sin.

Paul says this is our reality. The doctrine of sin explained this way seems an overstatement to us. Many of us grew up under good influences. We had Christian teaching or were taught morals. The country, generally speaking, used to embrace a Christian ethic. Common decency is a good thing, but we mustn’t be deceived about the pervasive nature of sin in our hearts.

It is vital we know Scriptural remedies to blindness to sin. Paul gives us one remedy in the description of sin we have just looked at. Sin is unmasked and exposed for what it is; alienation, hostility toward God, and evil deeds. No one is excluded from the indictment. 

Another way to not be deceived about your own sinful nature is to remember the descriptions of heaven and hell. The Lord explains hell to us by images of whatever is terrible and tormenting. Fire is a tormenting thing, and a dark dungeon is miserable. The gnashing of teeth is bitterness, weeping and wailing is grievous.

 Heaven on the other hand is set forth in terms of a banquet, such intimacy with the Lord as likened to marriage, and a world of light and love. Hell is the consequence of sin, and Christ the only pathway to heaven.

Knowledge of the Lord Jesus is another remedy to blindness to sin. Sin is of such a nature against an infinitely holy God that only God can provide the satisfaction for it. Paul in verse 22 says you are reconciled to God in Christ’s body of flesh by his death, and this in order to present you “holy and blameless and above reproach before him.”

If you don’t want to be blinded by the devil with respect to your sin, remember it cost the blood of the Lord Jesus in sorrow and death. When you stand before the judgment seat, sin appears more vile and terrible. No sin you ever committed or will commit is free. It does not disappear in the clouds. Christ was stricken, smitten, and afflicted for reason of sin; not his own, but yours.

Paul says the reconciliation Christ accomplished is so you will be presented holy and blameless before God; in other words without stain, guilt, or shame. You will be like Christ. Also, Paul says above reproach before God. No one can bring an accusation against you. Though you were a sinner, and had countless just accusations against you, now in the tribunal of God declared clean in Christ.

If you want to know the secret of sanctification, how to mature as a Christian, here is the way. Do not forget you were cleansed from your sins by a great salvation and Savior. Look to the great Day of the Lord and remember you have an advocate in Christ who gave himself for you.