It’s a great day here in South Carolina, nice, cool and sunny. We just had an odd cold front that just came out of nowhere. So the inevitable heat wave of death that comes to the south every year will be postponed for a while. Which is awesome! So, with today being so nice and all, I thought that I would take advantage of this beautiful opportunity to write a post about sin.
All sarcasm aside, sin is one of the more fascinating and misunderstood concepts in the Bible. The reason this word is so “fascinating” is that the concept of sin, as described in the Bible, is a deep and profound explanation of the human condition.
The idea of sin is rather “misunderstood” because in the modern church we typically keep the conversation simple by only use the word sin when talking about humanity’s problem. However, the Bible is far more specific and exact when it talks about “sin”. There are actually three words that it uses to describe humanity’s “sin” problem. These words are as following, sin (Khata in Hebrew), iniquity (Avon), and transgressions (pesha). In these next series of Friday posts we will be looking at what these three different words mean and how they affect us.
To kick all this off, I want to show a video from, the Bible Project, about what the word sin means. Don’t let the animation through you off, these guys do an incredible job of explaining this.
When it comes to the study of sin, I believe that it is something that every disciple should take seriously. Because, as Christians, the removal of sin from our lives is one of our jobs. The Bible goes to great length, using serval words, many stories, and a multitude of illustrations. In order to help us understand what sin is and how it affects our relationship with God, each other, and our personal health. Plus, like all problems, until we understand both what it is and that we have it, we cannot begin to start fixing it.
This task of removing sin from our lives, though difficult, is not impossible, since we serve a God who does not leave us to wander around in the dark alone. But, instead comes alongside us and with patients, teaches us to walk in the light.
“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:4-6