Sin Greek: hamartia, hamartema, hamartano; properly to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), i.e. (figuratively) to err, especially (morally) to sin: for your faults, offend, sin, trespass. (Strongs Concordance pg. 1603)
In order to recognize our need of salvation understanding sin; what it is, how it affects mankind and the world, its penalty, is fundamental. We sin, have sinned, were born into sin and are sinners. Sin effects every part of our lives and apart from God sin is unavoidable.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Our being sinners are not only a result of the sin we commit but the fact that we are born into sin. The traducian view gives the most reasonable explanation of our totally depraved sinful state in the following four statements:
Since Adam’s creation each soul comes into the world by natural generation from their parents.
God does not create fallen souls.
Each New soul is not created sinless, rather since each and everyone’s conception they are born into sin.
The logical conclusion is that inherited sinful souls can only be inherited from sinful parents that trace back to the First Adam.
We before God or His impartation in our lives are totally depraved, not capable of turning from sin.
29 See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.
Our total depravity as humans, only inclined toward sin, sin being evil, and evil being in direct opposition of God concludes that we are in total opposition, enemies of God. This is of course on the premise that God is all good, and the moral authority and total barometer of goodness (Luke 18:19). Sin in the presence of God can only result in death, the 3 types of death that occur because of sin both original and those in a state of continuation are as follows:
Physical Death: (Romans 5:12-14) From the moment of the fall (Genesis 3) this world and everything in it started dying. The 2nd law of thermodynamics is the greatest example of this effect. This universe unassisted as it continually expands will no doubt reach a state of heat death.
Eternal Death: Because of our sin and God’s goodness and because it would be a logical fallacy for sin to be present before God, anyone with whom sin is in or for lack of a better term has infected cannot stand before, or be united to God. Those who are born only once (physically) will die twice (physically and eternally) but those who are born twice (physically and spiritually) will die only once (physically). (John 1:26)
Spiritual Death: Our Spirit even as we live physically because we cannot relate to God or understand Him apart from Him are dead in our sin.
Meditating on how truly good God is, is necessary to even partially understand how bad we are. Our finite minds will not be able to truly comprehend the goodness of God or the badness of our flesh. The beginning of that understanding is necessary for redemption in that we must recognize that without a savior or redemption we cannot experience physical, eternal or spiritual life in the way that we were created for. Systematically deciphering sin and salvation enables the believer to more deeply understand what was accomplished on Calvary.
“I do not think the ordinary reader is such a fool. Theology means ‘the science of God’, and I think any man who wants to think about God at all would like to have the clearest and most accurate ideas about Him which are available. You are not children: why should you be treated like children?”
Lewis, C. S.. Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics) (p. 153). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.
The Passion of Jesus Christ:
Who Jesus Was:
The Son of Man, Yeshua, Messiah, Rabboni, teacher, Logos, Son of God, Lamb of God, and a dozen or so other names are all names of the 2nd person of the trinity Jesus Christ, who has eternally existed with the father. Who was immaculately conceived, was fully God and fully man in order for him to be the propitiation, the acceptable sacrifice to redeem and wash clean those that call upon His name. He was born of a woman and lived the perfect life, His life had to be perfect, sinless, sanctified. Understanding who Jesus is and what his earthly ministry accomplished is paramount to comprehending the gravity of his crucifixion and resurrection.
The passion is effectively from the time of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the time that he breathed his last breath and declared “It is finished” (John 19:30). Jesus understood the Old Testament prophecies; he knew what awaited him as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. As he prayed to the Father and was in an anguish never before seen by his inner-circle of disciples Peter, James and John, known by him was the judgement he was about to face. Not a judgement that he deserved but a cup that he chose to drink from because of His great love for us. As he cried out “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me,” it was not a petition to God the Father but rather a recognition of what he knew he was to endure. Not long after Jesus cried out, so distraught that he sweated blood his capture and trial began, as one of his own Judas betrays him with a kiss at the foot of the Mount of Olives.
His beatings began as soon as the Temple Guards shackled him and Peter violently opposed this illegal arrest at night. The Sanhedrin in hating Jesus so much sent for him to be captured at night, Jesus recognized this corrupt plot “When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” Distinguishing what man intended for evil and God’s sovereign hand over all of that took place to bring Jesus to the cross.
His beatings continued, Caiaphas insisted and incited the Jewish people to a point of rebellion and revolt, where with the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate was exceedingly scared of facing the consequences of such a revolt from Caesar and the deification of him as required by Roman custom. The culmination with is the flogging in which was customarily performed by stretching a man across a table so his back, shoulders buttocks and thighs were facing his torturers. He was issued more than likely 40 lashings, and received 39 as it was punishable for if the executioner were to go over would have to receive a scourging himself, so they would stop at 39 just in case. So severe was the flogging that it was not extraordinary for a prisoner to die before the crucifixion even began. The cat of 9 tails that was used consisted of leather straps adorned with heavy metal balls and hooks, the balls would tenderize the flesh and the hooks would rip the flesh. Such a great tool of torture the Romans had developed that it was common for a rib to be ripped from the prisoner.
He was then forced to carry the cross beam of his cross almost a mile through the streets of Jerusalem, wearing a crown of thorns. So egregious were his injuries at this point that from exhaustion and inability to carry the roughly hewn lumber across his back that the Roman centurions orchestrating his execution ordered another Jew to assist him to the place of his crucifixion on Golgotha. Spikes 5”-7" long were driven through his hands and his feet. His cross was planted in its place and there his suffering culminated until he breathed his last and gave up the spirit. There is much greater detail in the Gospels and if you have not read them, I would highly encourage you to acquaint yourself intimately, start with John.
You see Jesus exists beyond time, he is eternal, he does not live along the same continuum as we know or can even comprehend. In order for us to understand how He could die for each of us simultaneously. God does not experience time moment by moment rather he experiences all moments at once. As that applies to mankind many will argue that means that our destines are already pre-determined and our end state has already been worked out. However, because he experiences all moments simultaneously and separately does not mean that our actions are pre-determined. Because, before we do something the state of that thing is not known to us as it is undetermined by God as well, however once we do that thing God knows of it at that time, but because he exists in both times now he is omniscient without imputing an automata destiny.
All this pain, all this suffering, all the tears, all the sweating, all the bleeding, the crying out, the torment that none of us can imagine what He endured was done for each and every one of us (debated whether he died for all, or died for those that believe, stay tuned for future course concerning). The cup that He drank from, the judgement poured out upon him is incomprehensible. Jesus who was in total unity with the Father, a love so perfect, He sacrificed so that we could be washed clean of that which separates us from Him. We were His enemies and he came to earth to redeem us “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Listen to the words here in John 3:18, this is the most important decision of anyone’s life if they believe this or not, if you are already a believer contemplate this regularly and make sure you fully comprehend the implications, if you are not a believer, I would ask that you open your heart and mind, he knocks at the door of your heart, hear his voice and open the door. I guarantee it will be the best decision you have ever made, one with eternal consequences “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
If anyone has any questions or would like to stimulate the conversation please feel free to comment.
What does automata destiny mean?
A destiny in which all outcomes are predestined and thus free choice is impossible
Thank you so much boopity boop. I found your allegory about the maze intriguing and accurate! I do pray that God uses this platform to spread his word. I love ya Joe and God loves you!!
I agree, life is a maze. I’m truly blessed to be apart this website of the learning and seeking of our Father and Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Joeseph, Mathew 7:7 came to mind when you used the Maze of life reference! God truly guides us when we truly SURRENDER our lives to him! Praise God for what was done on Calvary because he saved me from so many wrong turns in life.