In my last entry I asked a question, if the sin of the world were TAKEN AWAY then why is there still sin in the world? I’m just saying. What does the Word of God have to say? Just because we are redeemed and born again do not mean that we are to leave our capacity to think. These might be the questions we face as we witness to the world the “good news”. Not all will be Bible illiterate. By nature I am analytical so I have natural tendency to look for logic. So when I look at the redemptive work of the cross and what Christ died for and what He became and the price that was paid and the Word illustrates that not only did He die for my sin, He became sin, BUT He also TOOK AWAY, washed away, not just covered, my sin, not only mine but ALL mankind, both past present and future. Then why is there sin in the world? I do not know if you’ve seen the true story of Apollo 13 where the space capsule that is due to land on the moon experience an explosion on board that cripples their vessel after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the service module. Despite great suffering caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, they survive. But one of the memorable lines by heard by the astronauts is “Houston we have a problem”. For me logic says, when I ask why is there sin in the world, “Houston we have a problem”. Now is God mad at me for that? No, I would think He would be delighted in me for that thought. Number one it shows that I am thinking, enquiring, and seeking His Truth. He is not intimidated by my questions. If He were then He could not be God.
Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Today, I believe we misappropriate this scripture which contradicts the Word of God. The free gift was given and the gift gathered the FULL payment of sin. The free gift (Jesus) gathered the full wages of sin (death and total separation from God)
John the Baptist proclaimed when he saw Jesus approaching the river of Jordan, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin (not sins) of the world.” The Greek word for the phrase “taketh away” is “airo” which means to take off or away what is attached to anything. So what is being taken away that is attached to the world? Sin. Yet sin exists in the world. How do we reconcile it in our minds? Again I do not believe the Bible contradicts itself so the explanation is there. One of the things I must constantly remind myself is not to interpret the Word of God through my 2013 American mindset, which includes language. What words were used in the original text? The New Testament majorly uses two words in Greek for our one word “sin”. Hamartia, which is a noun and hamartanō, which is a verb. We all learned in grammar school that a noun is a word that describes a person, place or thing. A verb is an action word. Hamartia, the noun, is a principle or source of action, or an inward element producing acts. A governing power or principle. The Lamb of God took away the governing power off the world along with the wages that governing power paid… death. Jesus own words found in John supports this truth. John 12:32 says and this is Jesus talking,” And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me.” This from the King James Version. Has this verse ever bothered you? What I mean by that question is have you known people who have lived their lives and was NEVER drawn to Christ as their Lord and Savior? If anyone of us can think of one person then that negates the word “all”. If the word “all” is negated then what are we saying about Jesus’ proclamation about drawing ALL men unto Himself? (to be continued)