THREE KINDS OF SIN.....
"THREE KINDS OF SIN"
In the Old Testament, there is one
interesting scripture that enlightens us when it comes to the meaning of
the word sin. It contains 3 different “sins” all in one paragraph!
These are in fact, the 3 different “categories” of sin that can be committed
against God. To help us understand those 3 categories…imagine in
our modern world what
the penalties would be if you:
Ran a stop light (misdemeanor)
Committed a murder (capitol crime)
Committed treason against your country
Exodus 34:7 closely, to see more
clearly the differences
between the words iniquity, transgression and sin, which are all used
in one place here.
mercy for thousands, forgiving
and that will by no means clear the guilty;
visiting the iniquity
of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto
the third and to the fourth generation.” KJV
How exactly do these 3 words differ?
1. Sin is from ----“chatta’ah,” meaning habitual
sins of human frailty. These are what we might even call misdemeanors.
It has to do with "missing the mark."
This Hebrew word Chait means an "error or mistake," but nothing that cannot
be fixed. To get the real feeling for the meaning of this word
sin, read this short piece written by a Jewish Rabbi.
"Sin is Not What it Seems."
Just hit your back
button when you have finished and come back to read about the other
two VERY SERIOUS sins in this verse containing 3 kinds of sins.
2. The word Iniquity comes next and it is from “Avon,” meaning capitol
sins or capitol crimes of perversity or evil…such as murder or idolatry. There
was a death penalty for these sins.
is from---- “Pesha,” This was the worst of all. It
also had a death
penalty. It meant to "break away from authority." It is the sin of open and knowing revolt....against
God and His governmental structure...
is the sin of "rebellion against God," which at the end of the day,
is really the worst sin of all because it is willful sin, which is
never repented of...better known as the
unpardonable sin of the New Testament. This
sin is not unpardonable because God refuses to forgive. It is
only unpardonable because it is based upon a deep spirit of willful permanent
Anciently, the daily animal sacrifices only covered
“chatta’ah” offences which were
the "human frailty sins" or missing the mark sins that we all commit sometimes, but no way
did they cover “Avon” or "Pesha" offences which were
willful capitol crimes.
Most people don't realize it, but in the Old
Testament, the animal sacrifices did not cover the more serious sin of iniquity
on a daily type of basis. (Murder, adultery,
etc...) Nor did animal sacrifices
cover the sin of rebellion on a daily basis. These had a stronger
penalty than an animal sacrifice. This is why David,
after he committed adultery with Bathsheba and murder said,
“You did not desire
sacrifice, else would I give it.”
The iniquity of adultery and murder
which David had committed were not something covered by animal
You could not take a dove down to the temple for
There was a death penalty in ancient Israel for capitol offences
such as these.
But God had a
greater purpose for David and when David confessed His sins to God and
deeply…he was forgiven. God still required that David pay
for his sin with the loss of the baby he and Bathsheba had.
Here's the point, we don’t just get forgiveness from God and that be
the end of it. God's
final goal is to
get us to REPENT OF ALL SIN!
Grace from God is not a free license to sin....otherwise
how do we explain certain sins in Revelation 21:8 which are
committed by those who are thrown in the Lake of Fire and experience
the second death? Also, Paul listed
certain types of sins as being the ones which
keep people out of the Kingdom of God. He said,
“Do you not
know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?"
He continues to say, "Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,
nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor
drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of
1 Corinthians 6:8-10
Our own situation with God concerning
sin, is just like
it was with David when he sinned. Had David not repented, he
would not have received forgiveness from God at all. Forgiveness
(grace) came BECAUSE He repented. Even Paul himself had
committed "murders." It's true. Before God called him,
Paul was the reason that a lot of Christians were dragged off and
executed. The eloquent Stephen was one of the martyrs that
Paul stood by and saw murdered at his behest. He didn't kill him with his
own bare hands, but those that killed Stephen laid their coats at
Paul's feet. A symbolic gesture indeed! Yet, we know
that Paul will be in the kingdom of God. WHY??? Because,
he repented. Like David, He did not continue to repeat his old
bad behavior and sins.
It is the repeat offenders that
refuse to repent that are in big trouble, especially after they
understand the truth. People who are converted and have the
Holy Spirit and continue to commit such sins as idolatry, fornication, adultery,
homosexuality, and even chronic covetousness
(the lust that drives all sins) are
not OK with God just because they simply say, "I'm sorry" and then
keep on doing those things! We have to stop sinning
before we can get grace or pardon. (forgiveness)
Grace cannot save the chronic
offender...otherwise all these sins
Paul was talking about in the scripture above could not keep us out of the kingdom of God! We know that Paul is talking about
people being kept out of the kingdom of God because of chronic sins. They
won't stop murdering, they won't stop committing adultery, etc… from
all this we see that grace does not apply to the chronic
unrepentant rebellious sinner.
Thus we see, that Christ's sacrifice does not cover these two worst kinds
of sins (capitol crimes against God and rebellion)
on a daily basis anymore than the daily animal sacrifices covered
them in the Old Testament.
In other words, don't be doing murder on a daily basis and expect
forgiveness from God.
----Yet, there is an annual Atonement for physical
Israelites where the blood of a sacrificial goat in ancient Israel
could cover all 3 types of sins.
That didn't mean that they didn't have to pay for their crimes, but
they did have forgiveness from God.
For Christian's, or "Spiritual Jews" that annual day of Atonement
when all our sins can be covered and we can receive grace for
another year comes at Passover.... It is true that all sins
can be forgiven by God if repented of, but the hard part is getting
the sinner to repent first. Thankfully, God is always ready to
forgive us when we do repent.
Most importantly to remember is that grace is given to the
humble. It is not given to those who are deep down evil such as serial killers or
those who are knowingly and blatantly rebellious
against God. Grace is
given to those who want to repent and are struggling against their own
human weakness, no matter what they have done in the past. The writer of Hebrews gives us the
correct view of sin and of grace. The word grace is used 8 times in the
book of Hebrews, so we know that the writer was very familiar with the
subject. Did you know that we can insult the “Spirit of Grace” by
Here's how. The book of Hebrews says,
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after
we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is
(DELIBERATE SINNING REMOVES CHRIST'S
SACRIFICE) but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that
will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses
died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How
much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who
has trampled the Son of God under foot,
who has treated as an unholy thing the blood
of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has
insulted the Spirit of grace?"
The writer says that willful or
insults the “Spirit of grace.” How? Because it treats Christ’s blood
which was spilled to ratify the New Covenant as an unholy thing! How does it do that? Purposeful
rebellion is not covered by Christ's sacrifice nor can it receive
grace... Willful sin
done with a rebellious attitude is tantamount to rebellion or treason
against God. If willful sinners have full knowledge of God and
what He requires of them and yet, they have a rebellious attitude---then
they have entered the dangerous area called "the unpardonable sin."
It is unforgivable or unpardonable because it is
of sin or better put---willful sin. Can
you reject God's law from your heart and rebel against Him and all
His laws and still
have a covenant with Him??? It is not possible.
In Hebrews, chapter eight, God describes
the New Covenant, which you must be under to receive eternal life.
The New Covenant is about repentance.
“...Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not
according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when
I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because
they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the
Lord." He continues to say,
"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of
Israel after those days, saith the Lord;
I will put my laws into
their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God,
and they shall be to me a people:”
(This pictures repentance of sins and being
connected to the true God.)
If we were to ask God for the most
important thing that He could possibly give us, it would not be for a
single incidence of grace but it would be for a repentant heart
and that He write His law in our hearts and in our minds----because that
my friend, is the
New Covenant...and you cannot be saved without it.
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