Removing Iniquity


How does God do that?

Zec 3:9

For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone [shall be] seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

What is iniquity?

ן וֹ עָ     (avon)

1) perversity, depravity, iniquity, guilt or punishment of iniquity

a) iniquity

b) guilt of iniquity, guilt (as great), guilt (of condition)

c) consequence of or punishment for iniquity

Scripture regarding iniquity:

Exd 20:5

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;

Exd 34:9

And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it [is] a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

Lev 5:17

And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist [it] not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.

Eze 18:26

When a righteous [man] turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

Without absolute, genuine repentance, a person can be cut off from his people and God because of his iniquity.

There is no animal sacrifice that can atone for iniquity.


3 Kinds of Sin


Let’s examine Exodus 34:7 closely, to see more clearly the differences between the words iniquity, transgression and sin, which are all used in one place here.

“Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity (5771) and transgression (6586) and sin, (2403) and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” KJV

How exactly do these 3 words differ?

1. Sin is from —-chatta’ah,” meaning habitual sins of human frailty.  These are what we might even call misdemeanors.  It has to do with "missing the mark." 


2. The word Iniquity comes next and it is from Avon,” meaning capitol sins or capitol crimes of perversity or evil…such as murder or idolatry.  There was a death penalty for these sins.


3. Transgression is from—- Pesha,” This was the worst of all.  It also had a death penalty.  It meant to "break away from authority."  It is the sin of open and knowing revolt….against God and His governmental structure…

It is the sin of "rebellion against God," which at the end of the day, is really the worst sin of all because it is willful sin, which is never repented of…better known as the unpardonable sin of the New Testament.

This sin is not unpardonable because God refuses to forgive.  It is only unpardonable because it is based upon a deep spirit of willful permanent rebellion.


Examples of iniquity

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?" He continues to say, "Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:8-10 


Animal Sacrifice for sin offenses, but not iniquity

Anciently, the daily animal sacrifices only covered “chatta’ah” offences which were the "human frailty sins" or missing the mark sins that we all commit sometimes, but no way did they cover “Avon” or "Pesha" offences which were willful capitol crimes.


Sacrifice of Christ and what Grace covers

Forgiveness is available through the blood of Jesus for repentant sinners.

But scripture says:

“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, (DELIBERATE SINNING REMOVES CHRIST’S SACRIFICE)  but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?"                Hebrews 10:26-31

Grace cannot save the chronic offender…otherwise all these sins Paul was talking about in the scripture above could not keep us out of the kingdom of God! 

We know that Paul is talking about people being kept out of the kingdom of God because of chronic sins

They won’t stop murdering, they won’t stop committing adultery, etc… from all this we see that grace does not apply to the chronic unrepentant rebellious sinner.

Thus we see, that Christ’s sacrifice does not cover these two worst kinds of sins (capitol crimes against God and rebellion) on a daily basis, any more than the daily animal sacrifices covered them in the Old Testament.

In other words, don’t be doing murder on a daily basis and expect forgiveness from God.

The writer says that willful or deliberate sinning insults the “Spirit of grace.”  How?  

Because it treats Christ’s blood which was spilled to ratify the New Covenant as an unholy thing!  How does it do that? Purposeful rebellion is not covered by Christ’s sacrifice nor can it receive grace…

Willful sin done with a rebellious attitude is tantamount to rebellion or treason against God.

If willful sinners have full knowledge of God and what He requires of them and yet, they have a rebellious attitude—then they have entered the dangerous area called "the unpardonable sin." 

It is unforgivable or unpardonable because it is unrepented of sin or better put—willful sin.


So, how does God remove iniquity?

Jesus removed the iniquity in one day, with His death on the cross.

But there are conditions.

Grace and forgiveness are not cheap. They come with a price.

Jesus did not die on the cross to pay for our sins, so that we could practice murder, slander, sexual sin, lie, and steal without penalty.

Forgiveness requires not only grace and the blood of Jesus, but our willingness to abandon sin in return.

Forgiveness is based on repentance, which means a complete turning away from the wrong path, and going back to God.

It is a 180 degree turn in the road.

So…… have the iniquity removed, this is needed:

1. Sacrifice of Christ and forgiveness through Him is available to everyone

2. Sincere repentance by sinner

3. Complete hate for and rejection of sinful behavior by sinner

4. Radical change in one’s life and relationship with God

For anyone trying to get around the requirements for repentance, the message is that this is evidence that there is no repentance or remorse at all.

So, it is not Christ, but the willful and unrepentant sinner who refuses the forgiveness.


Why reject forgiveness, when it is freely offered?

Some people have too much pride, and will not admit there is anything wrong with them.

Maybe they have been criticized too much in life, so they cling to what seems to make them happy or secure.

But they are sacrificing eternal life for a temporary pleasure, an ego issue, or behavior.

What good is that?

The bible says what good is it if a man gains the entire world as his possession, but loses his own soul?

It is just not worth it, to lose one’s soul because of pride, greed, lust, etc.

All that dies in the ground when the body dies.

Then what will come next, but eternal fire and punishment for unrepentant sins?

Like I said, it is just not worth it to cling to sin for “security and acceptance.”

To anyone who needs to read this:

Give your life to God, repent of your sins, be sincere, and turn away from behaviors that will kill or damn you forever.

Accept the Love that is there for you.

Love yourself enough to love the God that gave you life.

His hand is outstretched right now to help you.

All you have to do is be honest, repent, and take His hand.

Do this today.

Do not wait.

Today or tomorrow you may die, and not have another chance.!

14 Responses to “Removing Iniquity”

  1. …question…what if someone feels they have to do penance for past sins…is that not sinning against God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ…His word says He (Jesus) paid for all sin….are they not saying His sacrifice was not enough??? Is that not insulting to God??? Thanks

    • sue

      If one has repented in the past for sins, i do not see why they would have to repent again.

      However, there should be an initial repentance for any sin.

      jesus sacrifice is enough, if we repent as he instructs, and accept what he did for us, and turn away from our sins, to show our committment to him.

      see page 2

      that should answer your questions.

      god bless you.

    • It depends on what kind of penance you have in mind. Self punishment in any form is unnecessary. John the baptist said to bring fruits worthy of repentance. Depending on the kind of sin it may require you to seek reconciliation of to confess the sin you did.

  2. I am more inclined to the viewpoint of Jack Kelly (GraceThruFaith). I hesitate to try to summarize his views, because he does it well himself.
    He believes some people are in the grip of sin which can barely be overcome, and which will return again and again–a picture of sinning, repenting, sinning repenting, endless cycle. He takes the extreme end of the view that Grace conquers all, through the blood of Christ.

    I think this might be true in some cases. For instance, the wrath against homosexuals by so many Christians may be wrath against something they cannot help. Some have tried and tried to change, failed, and finally may try to do what seems a compromise with their condition, to enter “gay marriage.” Not all gay marriages are successes, but then, are all heterosexual marriages a success? I have read (do not know if it’s true) that marriages of Evangelical Christians fail are the same level as those of pagans or atheists.

    The response of some to this problem would be to say that only the few overcomers of this will go to Heaven.

    The more I live the move I realize that I do not know the whole mind of God, so I cannot, absolutely cannot, say that only a few overcomers will go to Heaven. Some people go so far as to say, on the contrary, that Heaven would be empty if failed seekers were not there, that all sin MUST be healed by the blood of Jesus, for all sin.

    Some people are crazy as bedbugs and do bad things because of this, and we have seen this increasing in our times–radically! Some of these people may reject Jesus, but what of those who do not, but are still as crazy as bedbugs in some areas of their lives and at some times in their lives?

    Well, I do NOT have an answer but I do not believe that mankind can set himself, and herself, up to succeed in these areas, although one may really try hard to do so. If you succeed in becoming a saint, you might possibly succeed in becoming a judgmental person, perhaps a member of the Church of Ephesus, which did all things correctly, and knew the rules, and still had no heart for their first love. (see Revelation)

    I don’t think arguing over this one way or the other will bring an answer. Jack Kelly MAY be too far in one direction, but better to be there than many other places.

    • If you find yourself in this cycle that you deeply regret and repent your sin, it may be a case for casting out demons who want to perpetuate this sin. For gays to marry is adding sin in that you imply that God would tolerate that though He defined a marriage as between a man and a woman.

  3. Exodus 34.7 is actually a prayer order with the 13 attributes of mercy.

    The word avon = intentional sin, one can repent of this sin.
    The word pesha = willful sin against God, one can repent of this sin.
    The word khataah = sin committed through indifference or carelessness, one can repent of this sin also.

    This is just the plain meaning. God does not whitewash sin, if he did it would remove the distinction between good and evil and people will act with impunity. The double use of Hashem in this verse is the key.

  4. Excellent article Marianne. Yes, Christians sin but the presence of the Holy Spirit will lead us to repentance and cleansing.
    A true son of God desires to have a heart and mind of Spirit and to crucify the heart and mind of his flesh, now, in this life.
    God’s Spirit is given to a believer after he fulfills the 2nd condition of His covenant, which is believing, and in faith accepting Jesus Christ, His sacrifice and shed blood for the justifying of his past commandment transgressions. This is the work of God and His Grace, which consists of His mercy, His forgiveness, and the giving of the Holy Spirit to a believer.
    This places a believer in the position of doing God’s work in his life, of completing and fulfilling God’s covenant now, of having His laws written in the believer’s heart and mind now, in this life. This can only be accomplished through a person’s diligent effort in studying, learning, and growing in their obedience to God’s commandments, and to overcome all temptations to break His law. All this can be accomplished only through the indwelling working power of God’s Spirit helping us in our willingness to submit to Christ in all He commands.
    We are either slaves to sin or slaves to Jesus.
    Check Romans 6:”Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:16-18).

  5. Thank you for this post. There are several opportunities to comment and add to this important topic.

    For now, here a few comments on the list of “deadly sins”.

    I do not see a reference for the list of the “7 Deadly Sins”, but find 7 sins listed in order within Proverbs.

    The “7 Deadly Sins” listed are attributed to the Catholic Church within the writings of Pope St. Gregory the Great and St. John Cassian. This list of “deadly sins” seems to be worked out from reading 1st John 2:16, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.”

    In the above scripture, the Catholic Church teaches about three basic types of sin – The lust of the flesh (gluttony, lust, sloth), the lust of the eyes (greed), and the pride of life (pride, envy, anger). A work of theological scholarship and Nicolaitans.

    In Proverbs we read what God “hates” and seven are an abomination.

    “These six things the Lord hates, yes seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.”

    Pride is number #1 for a reason.

    “Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished” (Proverbs 16:5, NKJV).

    “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18, NKJV).

    Peter explains the right attitude and posture among Believers when he writes, “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble'” (1st Peter 5:5, NKJV).

    God’s list is more important, don’t you think?His list applies to the individual, the community and His Church. The Pope must have overlooked God’s list and created his own.

    Regarding iniquity ~ Proverbs provides this verse of wisdom:

    “In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil” (Proverbs 16:6, NKJV).

    More to comment upon later. Until then, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins” (Proverbs 10:12).

    Psalm 131

    • dj

      thank you for adding that. I had considered those verses but thought maybe my post was lost enough. your comment makes it more complete however.

  6. When society in the general sense turns to the accepting of the gay and lesbian lifestyle and allow them to adopt children and then the masses begin marking their bodies with tatooes on the scale that they are doing now, you know for sure humanity has reached the bottom of the barrel, that humanity is at its end in that it can find no more inspiration for life that blood and flesh life has ran its course and now the spirits of humanity have become one with the angelic world and by doing so have sealed their own fate as they are become the very demons and devils of perversion that at one time they resisted but gave into it instead of calling upon the Lord for help and to save them.
    They thought it was something that would always be there as to be able to call upon God for help and this was so in days gone by while humans were still innocent and grace atoned for their ignorance, but that day is over, they have come to the knowledge of truth and the blood does not make atonement for their sins and that means the demonic angelic world has full right to their souls and bodies. This means Satan as to Lucifer has been cast out of the Spirit World as His desire was to become one with the Humans to fully enjoy the temporal life God had given them. He is wroth in that He has now been trapped inside the Human Bodies of Humanity and there is no escaping the wrath of God now, for He is an open and easy target and very easy to spot and His spirit being in humans now attracts the wrath of God unto both the human being and the devil they have become. Satan thought He was pulling one over on God by the days if Grace and enticing the humans to do his bidding not realizing that when he depended on them for his life that he was becoming more human each time and the human by giving place to the devils did not realize they were becoming more angelic or more like a demon and so God has trapped the wicked in his wickedness and the Saints of God have become ONE with God and the Angelic Forces whom have eternal life, and the stage is now set for the great battle of the two forces to begin as the spiritual warfare manifest into the natural world around you and to the wicked it is mass destruction and loss of all of life, but to the Saints of God it is a battle already won as the Kingdom of God is here on this Earth already and our great Millennium World is come in as the world of the wicked disappears forever! Amen

    #8 sin which is deadly – is doubt – Rom 1 doubting God caused reprobation.

    God bless —– ty

  7. DJ – I loved your post – so true –

  8. This article appears to say some things about sin which don’t hold water. The fact is, that all sin is chronic continuing sin. And all sin is willful disobedience of God’s commandments. The old man, the sinful nature will never to Heaven, only the new nature does.

    Don’t lie to yourself! You even try to take commandments away and make the walk “easier”, because you want to feel righteous. You think you can make it to Heaven if you don’t kill anyone. And you think God lets you in to Heaven, because you didn’t smoke every day, even though you disobeyed Him in a hundred other ways every day. That is how desperately wicked we are! How deep in lies are you?? Think about it for a moment.

    Only God could save us and His only begotten Son had to die for Him to do that!! That should tell us something about ourselves.

    To knowingly claim otherwise is to commit the unpardonable sin. For the unpardonable sin is self righteousness, a form of satanism. This is the true denial of God’s Power and blashphemy of the Holy Spirit. And this is exactly what the Pharisees did.

    Mat 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

    Mat 12:34 O offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

    They may look righteous and say “look how righteous we are”. But, a man of the streets will ashame them if he is humbled before the Lord.

    No sin in itself is a sin of self righteousness, it is very specific, and that is why a believer can still sin, confess being sinner, and end up in Heaven. And that is also why a man can be saved even in his deathbed, no matter what sins he has committed.

    But, one who knows that only God is God, and yet exalts himself above God, that is: not needing God for living, is Satan and he cannot be saved, no matter what.

    This is a simple and an obvious thing.


  9. I have a problem with men. Every man I know has lied or wronged me in some way. I have prayed about it. I have given new people chances, and they are all the same. These are all people of different backgrounds and professions. Some are church goers and some are not. I have a gift to read people and I know when they are trying to deceive me. The truth always comes out, but I see it coming way before it does. I am so frustrated with men that I don’t think I will ever want to marry. There are so many men willing to cheat and see absolutely nothing wrong with it. Yes women are deceitful and lie as well, but I expect that. I don’t trust many people and my past experiences don’t help at all. I have prayed and prayed. I don’t want to expect everyone to lie to me. Even my family has lied and hurt me. Unfortunately, that is what I have been dealt. I pray for God to reveal truth to me. Sadly it is often after I have made a complete fool of myself. I want to believe that people are naturally good and don’t intend to hurt others. I feel that I am always being hurt. I don’t hate people but I really dislike the things they do.

    • lexy

      It sounds like others have the problem, not you.

      this world is full of iniquity, sin, deceit, hate, cheating, greed and selfishness.

      you have wisdom and discernment.

      the good ones are very few now. seek God for protection from the bad ones each day, and put your trust in him.

      you are not alone in your frustration. so do not see it as your problem. the world is like this now.

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