The Church has indirectly agreed with the world by teaching that Jesus was a sinner. There are sayings that Jesus died for his own sins, therefore he cannot save you. That when Jesus said ‘take up your cross and follow me’ he meant to say I am dying for my sins, so you also get ready to die for your own sins, that is what is meant by work out your own salvation, which they also interpret to mean the interplay of the law of karma.
While the Church may not say this openly, they teach same thing when they say that our sins were laid on him, making him a sinner and so he was so ugly that we could not behold him and even God could not look upon his son because of the sins of the world that was laid on him, and that is why he shouted my God, my God why have thou forsaken me
But essentially the Bible never for once mentioned that our sins were laid on him. This is what it says..
Isa. 53: 6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. And 2 Cor.5: 21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us,…” we shall look into 2 Cor. much later. But let’s deal with the iniquity first.
Now this passage is what has led to this dangerous and damaging teaching of Jesus being a sinner, because the interpretation here to us is that iniquity is the same thing as sin. I do not want to go into words definitions here of Hebrew and Greek, let me just use other passages with the same word iniquity to give the appropriate definition as seen in scriptures.
For instance in Ps.51:5 David said “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me”.
So was David saying he was shapen in ‘sin’ and in ‘sin’ did her conceive him? Was he just repeating the same word? The Amplified makes the meaning clearer for us to understand.
Ps 51:5 (AMP) Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I too am sinful].
The state of iniquity means he was brought into life carrying the effect of sin, the very product of sin, and the wages of sin. Not that he was a sinner or carrying sin but what that sin, that was factored in the mother produced. It was the Mother that sinned not David, but he suffered the consequences of the sin of the Mother.
See it this way, if a woman was promiscuous and get infected with HIV Aids, then she became pregnant and gave birth to full blow Aids Baby, was the baby the sinner or the mother? But the state of the Child is that of an Aid carrier, he is a victim of the act (sin) of the mother, and this state of being an Aids carrier, this disease and sickness is what David referred to as ‘state of iniquity’.
Again let me use another scripture for us here, when God told Israel.
Exo.20: 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me”
Was He saying I will visits the sins of the Fathers unto the children or the consequences of their sins? The consequences of course!. What he meant to say is that, if the fathers worship idols, he will then punish the children which could be in form of no rain in the land, making the heaven brass, the sword, which is wars, pestilences on the land and even being taken into slavery. These were to be the punishment due to sin which the children will bear. They will only bore the iniquity of their Fathers but they never sinned by worshiping idols.
In fact Ezekiel lend his voice to this, “What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? Ezek. 18:2.
So you see, iniquity is not the act here but the effect of the sin of their Fathers. Same way; Jesus has borne our iniquities, that is, the punishment due to sin but he was not in the act. There was no sin in him not even on the cross otherwise; he could never have been our redeemer. He was the spotless Lamb of God. Stop calling Jesus a sinner.
To be continued…
(C) 2016 – Dr. David O. Ogaga