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sin, transgression, iniquity

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by agedman, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. agedman

    agedman Well-Known Member
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    Nov 4, 2011
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    Hebrews has two places were it states that the sins and the iniquity are no longer to be remembered.

    Do you consider these three (sin, transgression, iniquity) the same?

    Do you consider these three are not synonymous and are progressively more or less evil?
  2. Mexdeaf

    Mexdeaf New Member

    Mar 14, 2005
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    Somewhat synonymous, however there does seem to be progression.

    I did a study on this earlier this year- here's some notes:

    Exodus 34:6,7

    The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 7 keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

    Each of these English words are translated from different Hebrew words. That means each word has a different shade of meaning. Sin, transgression (or trespass) and iniquity are different.

    Sin: When the Bible describes the nature of our rebellion against God, it paints an uglier picture than our simply missing a bull's-eye. Rather than aiming carefully at God’s target, we turn our backs and shoot arrows everywhere else. Wanting to please ourselves, we ignore the true bull’s-eye and set our affections on seductive targets that cannot satisfy, sanctify, or save. We are not primarily target-missers; we are self-centered false-target worshippers.
    (Randy Newman, Questioning Evangelism)

    Trespass or transgress - (same thing)
    Transgression an infringement or violation of a law, command, or duty. "Crossing a boundary".

    Strong’s Dictionary: perversity, that is, (moral) evil.
    Hebrew Meaning of Iniquity: Perverseness, twisted, to be bent or crooked.

    [FONT=&quot]In many places, iniquity also seems to be a word dealing with all kinds of sin. However, with iniquity, there is a difference. Sin deals with the action or lack of action that is wrong, iniquity deals more with the character or nature of the act. The word, iniquity, comes from in-equity and it refers to that which is unequal, unfair, or unjust.[/FONT]
    It signifies not merely that which is wrong, but the tendency to do wrong. Iniquities are a perversion of the truth, which leads to error. A perversion of intents, which affects our will. Sin and Transgression are Verbs and things we do: Iniquity is the bent condition of what we are.

    The progression from sin, to transgression, to iniquity (bondage in that particular area) is illustrated in James 1:15 - Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.