One of the important purposes of the Law of Moses is to expose the exceedingly sinfulness of sin (Romans 7:13). True spiritual wisdom is attained when you have a firm and growing grasp of the enormity of sin. In the words of Psalm 51:1-2, David describes his painfully clear understanding of the exceedingly sinfulness of sin with these words: “Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
The exceedingly sinfulness of sin is seen in the nouns David used to describe the evil that he had done.
- Transgression recognizes the rebellious nature of his actions. He has crossed a spiritual boundary line that should have been honored. He did something that was prohibited, and he was guilty in the first degree.
- Iniquity emphasizes the perversity of his actions. He has polluted his soul with a deadly spiritual poison. He failed to walk in the proper course of conduct that was right.
- Sin focuses upon the spiritual failure of his actions. He has missed the mark. He has wrecked his relationship with God. With his own hands, he has ruined the sweet fellowship he had had with his God.
Transgression. Iniquity. Sin.
Only fools mock at sin (Proverbs 14:9).