Often in my study of the Bible I do what is called a word study. I looked up a word and see where it is found in the Bible and what context. During the week I looked up the word sin. I found it interesting the different words the Bible uses for sin. For communion I thought I would share some of them.
Transgression – Psalm 32:1 “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”
Iniquity – Psalm 51:2 “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
Wickedness – Genesis 6:5 “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.”
Evil – Genesis 8:21 ‘The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.’
Rebellion – 1Samuel 15:23 “For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”
Uncleanness – Leviticus 16:16 “In this way he will make atonement for the Most Holy Place because of the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been. He is to do the same for the Tent of Meeting, which is among them in the midst of their uncleanness.”
Unrighteousness – 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Lawlessness – 1 John 3:4 “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”
Depravity – 2 Peter 2:19 “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.”
Faults – Psalm 19:12 Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
Regardless of what word the Bible uses to describe sin, we know that if we confess them to God and trust in Christ, we are forgiven.
Psalm 103 8-12 “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
So, as we celebrate communion today. Let us remember Jesus and His sacrifice for us. The bread represents His body that hung of the cross for us. And the cup represents His blood that was shed for us. He died to take the punishment for our sin. The price has been paid and we are forgiven.