I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I
not hid. I said, "I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Our true character; we are bent to backslide from God, but altogether unable of ourselves to return to Him. We go astray from the healthy and Godly green pastures and expose ourselves to the beasts of prey, our sin and iniquity!
We insult God in going astray from Him, for we turn aside everyone of us to his own way, and thereby set up ourselves, and own will, in competition with God and His will, which is the viciousness of sin. Instead of walking obediently in God's way, we have turned "willfully and stubbornly" to our own way, the way of our own heart, to do what we will and have what we will.
WHEN SIN BECOMES INIQUITY AND TRANSGRESSION
What is the difference between sin, iniquity and transgression?
The answer is in PSALM 32:5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, "I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah (think on this).
In this one verse, "sin," "iniquity," and, "transgression" are all mentioned. The three words communicate the same idea: evil and lawlessness, as defined by God. (See: JOHN 3:4) If we examine these three words however, each word also carries a slightly different meaning.
THE WORD SIN
Sin means "to miss the mark". It can refer to doing something against God or against a person (See: EXODUS 10:16), doing the opposite of what is right (See: GALATIONS 5:17), doing something that will have negative results (See: PROVERBS 24:33–34), and failing to do something you know is right (See:
Sin then leads us to a downward progression that without the restoring power of the Holy Spirit, we all fall. The "sin nature" is present in every human being born since the "Fall of Adam." (See: GENESIS 3:6-7 & ROMANS 5:12)
THE WORD TRANSGRESSION
Transgression refers to arrogant sin. To transgress is to choose to intentionally disobey; transgression is willful trespassing. Samson intentionally broke his Nazirite vow by touching a dead lion (See: NUMBERS 6:1-5 & JUDGES 14:8-9) and allowing his hair to be cut (See: JUDGES 16:17); in doing so he was committing a transgression.
David was referring to this kind of sin when he wrote, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. PSALM 32:1 When we knowingly run a stop sign, tell a lie, or blatantly disregard an authority, we are transgressing.
THE WORD INIQUITY
Iniquity is more deeply rooted. Iniquity refers to a premeditated choice; to commit iniquity is to continue without repentance. David's sin with Bathsheba that led to the killing of her husband, Uriah, was iniquity (See: 2 SAMUEL 11:3-4 &
2 SAMUEL 12:9).
God forgives iniquity, as He does any type of sin, but we must feel sorrowful and repent. Iniquity left unchecked leads to a state of willful sin with no fear of God. The build-up of unrepentant sin is sometimes pictured as a "cup of iniquity" being filled to the brim. (See: REVELATION 17:4)
This often refers to nations, like AMERICA, who have forsaken God completely. Continued iniquity leads to unnatural affections, which leads to a reprobate mind.
ROMANS 1:28-32 Outlines this digression in vital detail. The sons of Eli are biblical examples of reprobates whom God judged for their iniquities (See: 1 SAMUEL 3:13-14). Rather than repent, Eli's sons continued in their abominations until repentance was no longer possible.
THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB
There is hope - "THE HOPE OF THE WORLD IS JESUS!"
The blood of the lamb, Jesus Christ is more than willing
to reclaim His sheep, when we sincerely ask Him to search
our hearts, and repent of all our sin!
The biblical writers used different words to refer to sin in its many forms. However, regardless of how depraved a human heart may become, Jesus' death on the cross was sufficient to cover all sin, (See: JOHN 1:29 & ROMANS 5:18)
WE GENUINELY NEED TO PRAY FOR AMERICA AND OUR
A POEM & SONG
FADE TO BLACK
We call you Lady Liberty
Yours sandaled feet
above the sea
Colors of hope
they came from you
You promised us
that they were true
We watched your colors
fade to black
could not last
It happened slowly
and yet so fast
Your true color
is only black
Your torch burned out
the world does see
You hold it high
but its empty
You had me fooled
but now I see
will you fool me
I watched your colors
fade to black
did not last
The pain lasts long
and stings so bad
Your true color
is only black.
- Author John Newton
REDEEMED (By the Blood of the Lamb) - GAITHERS