Aug 10th, 2020
Hello and welcome to season 2 episode 90 of The Berean Manifesto, brought to you by The Ekklesian House. This is Pastor Bill and over the next 10 minutes or so we are going to be talking about sin.
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Right, so the biblical idea of sin is expressed in the Old Testament through the Hebrew word:
H2398 חָטָא châṭâ' khaw-taw' A primitive root; properly to miss; hence (figuratively and generally) to sin; by inference to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, (causatively) lead astray, condemn: - bear the blame, cleanse, commit [sin], by fault, harm he hath done, loss, miss, (make) offend (-er), offer for sin, purge, purify (self), make reconciliation, (cause, make) sin (-ful, -ness), trespassive
And in the New Testament sin is expressed by the Greek contraction:
G264 ἁμαρτάνω hamartanō ham-ar-tan'-o Perhaps from G1 (as a negative particle) and the base of G3313; properly to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), that is, (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin: - for your faults, offend, sin, trespass.
In both Hebrew and Greek there is this idea of missing a mark, a target, or a planned trajectory. In Greek, the word is more of an archery term and paints the idea of an archer in a competition missing the bullseye and therefore not winning the prize. Overall, the idea of the word is to lack perfection. That idea is then expanded and used to describe all activities over a lifetime. While a skilled archer may hit the bullseye most of the time, if they ever miss, then they aren’t perfect. It’s the same with humanity. If you live your whole life and you are perfect 99% of the time, but 1% of the time you are imperfect. Then you are imperfect.
As humans, we’re all faced with this issue of imperfection inherent to what we are. Well, not originally, but since the time of Adams fall. When we act in a way that reminds us of this imperfection of sin, we feel shame. This shame leads to fear and coping where we try to hide what’s happened, or refuse to outwardly acknowledge the action as wrong, or rationalize the importance down to a “problem” or an “issue” that we have. All of this being summed up as condemnation. That word, condemnation, pops up more than a few times in the New Testament. Let’s look at the word condemnation in the Greek:
G2631 κατάκριμα katakrima kat-ak'-ree-mah From G2632; an adverse sentence (the verdict): - condemnation.
Now while this may make for a bit shorter of an episode, I’m going to read you a few snippets of scripture that really paint the picture of what I want you to take away. Then I’m going to let you do what you want with all that and if you want to join us on Sunday night where Pastor Newms and I talk through all this. You can participate on chat live and we can incorporate your participation into the conversation.
Romans 3:21-26 CSB, “ But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, attested by the Law and the Prophets.  The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction.  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  God presented him as an atoning sacrifice in his blood, received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.  God presented Him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.”
Romans 5:15-17 CSB, “ But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man’s trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the gift which comes through the grace of the one man Jesus Christ overflowed to the many.  And the gift is not like the one man’s sin, because from one sin came the judgment, resulting in condemnation, but from many trespasses came the gift, resulting in justification.  Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”
John 3:17-18 CSB, “ For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.”
Romans 8:1-4 CSB, “ Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,  because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.  What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering,  in order that the law’s requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
This is Pastor Bill saying, “Until next time…”