Notes to a disciple:
“What is Sin in the Hebrew view”?
Sin in the Hebrew view is basically dysfunction, “missing the mark” not adhering to the Torah- literally “instructions” of God, as expressed in the sacred scriptures or as reveled by the holy spirit.
The illumination- the light of God on our hearts, minds or behaviors helps us see our sin and then “repent”= to “change our mind”.
When we realize we have “sinned”= acted dysfunctionally or “missed the mark” of wholeness or real life be it personally or inter-personally-we can repent and receive forgiveness and restoration.
We must however “repent” of our sin. We experience shame, or guilt when we know we have sinned. If we acknowledge it (or own it) we receive God’s forgiveness. We must “change our mind” about how we choose to behave or react to situations. When the light of the truth of God exposes our sin it is called “conviction”. We must choose to act on that conviction by asking forgiveness and repenting. Sometimes we have sinned against our selves our bodies, sometimes we sin against others. We might need to ask others to forgive us to receive relational restoration.
I also wanted to underline that the Power of the Cross of Christ/Messiah- it’s work is like a lightning rod for the blame, shame and guilt brought upon us by the natural propensity toward Sin.
The power of sin has been taken out of the way by the cross of Christ (upon repentance). It is the only real power (substantive force) able to ground the ramifications of sin,(shame & guilt) removing it entirely from God’s perspective, so we are spiritually free of the spiritual guilt & shame, but not necessarily the natural ramifications due to our actions or behaviors.
When we come under “conviction” for our sin by the holy spirit and seek God’s forgiveness, If we repent of it- we are on the path to restoration and healing from it and the ramifications of it in all the natural spheres of existence and being.
The cross works (to ground out the force or power of our sin over us spiritually) because it was the creators plan-because God did it.
Repentance followed by forgiveness (through the cross of Christ/Messiah) is his designated fix to the disruption in the emotional/spiritual system created by our rebellion or ignorance.
We did not, nor can we in on our own power fix the dysfunction, we can’t relive our own guilt, for our guilt is before God alone.
Other people may pay the price of our dysfunctions, but it is before God that we have “sinned”= broken his intended way of being as expressed in his word, way or spirit.
It is his game and his rules, his process-his solution to the problem we must utilize to clear the channels for our spiritual and emotional life to flow freely again. We create problems through our rebellion to God’s intended way of being, we go to him for the fix. We go to the cross for the solution.
Scriptures suggests “God will not be mocked, man will reap what he has sown”. If we murder someone in this world and get caught, we will likely go to prison. However our hearts and spirits will not be required to dwell there once we have repented, acknowledged our error and received his forgiveness. We are then free from our “sin” but not necessarily the natural ramifications. If we do not get caught, and do not “repent” we will likely walk about in the prisons of our guilt in our own mind and see lots of ramifications physically and spiritually until we do.
It is written….
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
By canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
Note: the word Hebrew=one who has crossed over. Abraham was considered the first Hebrew, he crossed over from Ur to the promised land of Yehovah. He did this by obedience to the will way, and spirit of Yehovah. Those who “leave their fathers house” to follow in obedience Yehovah cross over from the “present world system” into the Kingdom of Yehovah. It was Abraham who lead the way and by whom the Covenants where initiated.
It is written…
Genesis 18:19 (NLT)
“I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised”
Mathew 7:15-19 (Hebrew Gospel of Mathew translated by George Howard)
“Because not everyone who says unto me Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven, will enter the kingdom of heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name cast out demons and do many signs in your name?
Then I will say to them I never knew you. Depart from me all you workers of iniquity”
* (Iniquity=Lawlessness= Torah-lessness=systematized dysfunctions, inherited or taught patterns of sin)
**Circle images by Any Goldsworthy.