Are All Sins the Same?

If you’ve been in the church for very long you’ve probably heard, “All sins are the same!” Yes, there are some ways all sins are the same:

  • The Greek word for sin is hamartanō,  which is an archery term meaning “to miss the mark.” All sins are the same in that they’re examples of “missing the mark,” or missing the standard set by God’s holy, perfect law. That’s why 1 John 3:4 says, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”
  • All sins are the same in terms of being destructive, an offense to God, and demanding death as a punishment. Romans 6:23a says, “The wages of sin is death.”
  • Most importantly: all sins are the same in that they condemn us to hell and can only be forgiven through repentance and faith in Christ.

Aside from these ways all sins are the same, there are problems associated with making this well-known statement.

Practical Consequences to Saying All Sins Are the Same

Soon after I became a Christian I committed a sin that had previously characterized my life for years. Although the sin didn’t bother me earlier, now that I was a believer, I was greatly convicted. I went to an older Christian friend for counsel. He could’ve said something along the lines of:

“Yes, this is sin and it’s wonderful that you’re broken up over it. God’s desire is for us to have victory over unbroken patterns of sin. You need to repent and cry out to God for His grace to help you overcome this life-dominating struggle.”

Instead, he “encouraged” me by saying: Continue reading “Are All Sins the Same?”

The Gospel Is Explained Financially in Scripture

The Gospel is explained financially in Scripture by using words accounting terms. The best way to appreciate the beauty that takes place when believers put their faith in Christ is by understanding these words. Let’s take a look at each of them!

The Gospel Is Explained Financially: Sin Debt

Because of our sins, we have a huge amount of sin debt against God. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray in Matthew 6:12 He encouraged them to say, “Forgive us our debts.” In the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, the man doesn’t have a huge criminal record, but he does have a huge amount of debt. The servant pleaded with the king for mercy. In Matthew 18:27 it says, “The master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.” The forgiveness of the man’s debt pictured the forgiveness of his sins.

The Gospel Is Explained Financially: Ransom and Redemption

marriage-gods-way-author-scott-lapierre Gospel is explained financiallyA ransom is something paid to cancel or erase a person’s debt. In Matthew 20:28 Jesus said He “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Paul said, “Jesus gave Himself a ransom for all” (1 Tim 2:6).

When someone pays the ransom for another’s debt, it’s known as redemption. The individual who pays the ransom is known as a redeemer. Titus 2:14 says, “Jesus gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed.” Peter discussed what was required to cancel our sin debt and he said we “were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold…but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Pet 1:18, 19).

The Gospel Is Explained Financially: Imputation of Sin and Righteousness

“Impute” is accounting term referring to moving assets from one side of a ledger to the other. The Greek word for impute is logizomai, and it occurs forty-one times in Scripture. Almost half of those times it occurs in Romans, and of those nineteen times, eleven times it occurs in chapter 4! Just like 1 Corinthians 13 is the Love Chapter, Romans 4 is the Imputation Chapter. Continue reading “The Gospel Is Explained Financially in Scripture”

The sinFULLEST Man to ever live

The sinfullest Man to ever liveWas Jesus the sinfullest Man to ever live?

Daniel 9:26 The Messiah shall be cut off.

This is actually saying a lot more than just that Jesus would die. The common Hebrew word for die is muwth. It’s the word used throughout the Old Testament for people dying…835 times to be exact. In verses like:

  • Genesis 5:5 All the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died (muwth).”
  • Job 1:19 Job’s servant said, “A great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died (muwth).”

But the Hebrew word for Jesus being “cut off” is karath. It occurs 288 times in Scripture, frequently for guilty people being executed:

  • Genesis 9:11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off (karath) by the waters of the flood.
  • Proverbs 2:22 The wicked will be cut off (karath) from the earth.
  • Psalm 37:9 evildoers shall be cut off (karath).

“Karath” is used 20 times in Leviticus to describe people who have to be executed – or cut off – from the rest of the congregation because of their sin.

Jesus died for “His” sins

The point is Daniel 9:26 is prophesying Jesus would not die a natural death (muwth). He would die a guilty person’s death (karath) because of the sins He would receive. We say Jesus died for our sins, and that’s true, but we could say He actually died for His own sin, because He owned our sins. When our sins were imputed to Jesus – or put to His account – they literally became HIS sins:

  • 1 Peter 2:24 He bore our sins in His body on the cross.
  • Isaiah 53:6 The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
  • Isaiah 53:11 He will bear their iniquities.
  • Isaiah 53:12 He bore the sin of many.

The classic New Testament verse is 2 Corinthians 5:21a: God made Him sin.

Daniel 9:26 prophesied of Jesus receiving the death penalty for His sin like a guilty criminal:

  • Matthew 27:38 Two criminals were crucified with Him.
  • Isaiah 53:12 He would be numbered with the transgressors.

He’s numbered with the transgressors – He experienced a guilty criminal’s death – because He became one of them.

Jesus became the guiltiest sinner in history

When our sins were put to Jesus’ account, He became the most sinful Person to ever live. Nobody has ever approached even a fraction of the sinfulness that was Jesus’ when He was on the cross. The amount of sin that was imputed to Him and became HIS is beyond comprehension.

This is classic double imputation:

  • Our sin is imputed to Christ.
  • Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us.

The tremendous irony that reveals the grace of God and the beauty of the Gospel is that although Jesus became the most sin-filled Man to ever live, He never sinned:

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us.
  • 1 Peter 2:22 He committed no sin.
  • 1 John 3:5 In Him there is no sin.

The guiltiest and most sin-filled, or sinFULLEST Person to ever live, was also the most innocent, holiest, perfect and righteous to ever live.

Discuss: What do you think when you consider Christ owning your sins for you? Does it help you think of your sins truly being taken away?

Here’s a sermon I preached on this topic: Daniel 9:26 The Cost of Rejecting Christ.