The first step we must take is to acknowledge our sinful condition before our God, as David did when he committed adultery and homicide acts of iniquity. He prayed: Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and guilt and cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin! For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them; my sin is ever before me (Ps. 51:2,3); I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord, then You forgave me the guilt and the iniquity of my sin (Ps. 32:2,5). Forgiveness from God will release us from consequential guilt, remorse and fear. Guilt and iniquity walk together. Guilt is consequential to iniquity. There is no greater peace one experiences, than that of being forgiven. Iniquity, the enemy of man, is like a prison. In Psalm 142: 7a David prayed, Bring my life out of prison, that I may confess, praise and give thanks to Your name. As an enemy of man, iniquity pursues and persecutes his soul and body with curses through diseases. It crushes man’s life to the ground, handicapping him; it makes him to dwell in darkness, blinding him. Only by the blood of the Lamb of God can man be set free. Under YAHSHUA’S blood, man is protected through His forgiveness. His blood still speaks forgiveness today, and has never lost its power after two thousand years. YAHSHUA was crushed to deliver us from the power of iniquity and guilt; He was bruised to heal us from iniquity, guilt, remorse and every spirit that belongs to it. In His mercy, He brought us out of the iniquity’s prison and freed us by healing us through His forgiveness. His steadfast love will always serve as a fortress and as our Hightower against these enemies of our soul. Even though, man is but vanity, just a breath away from death; even though, he is like a shadow that passes away and is no more, God considers him important enough to die for him. Our God is truly an awesome God! He is Love.
In the case of a man being blind from birth, the disciples asked Him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind? YAHSHUA answered, It was not that this man or his parents sinned, but he was born blind in order that the workings of God should be manifested in him (John 9:1-3). The sin of iniquity is the carrier of diseases as the result of perversion, immorality, corruption, etc., etc., marking families with certain diseases from one generation to another. It is the sin that hardens the heart toward God and all that pertains to His laws; there is no innocence in performing it, for it is willful sin. Powerful is its will to do evil. The seed of iniquity was planted in Adam’s heart, when he willfully disobeyed God; his son Cain had no other than his father to inherit his iniquity from, when he killed his brother. We see then that iniquity had its origin in the Garden of Eden.
For this reason, YAHSHUA suffered the worst punishment, when His soul was bruised for our iniquity and guilt, for it was a thing that pertained to rooted sins which one cannot overcome, but only through YAHSHUA’S blood and through His forgiveness. He has provided all men a way out of bondage who will call on His name, repenting and turning to Him. Adam carried the seed that germinated life in Eve’s womb. But YAHSHUA was not born from the seed of man, rather from the Holy Spirit. He, only He is without sin; He, only He could have taken our sin of iniquity upon Himself to free us from its power that leads to hell. I conclude that the sin of iniquity is the ice on God’s love when men keep hardening their heart toward His love. The Israelites, whose hearts were hardened not to hear God’s voice, were left in the wilderness without entering the Promised Land. The same will be for the those today who do not deal with sin of iniquity in his life. The writer to the Hebrews said, Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts, as the rebellion [of Israel] and their provocation and embitterment in the day of testing in the wilderness where your fathers tried and tested [My forbearance] and found I stood their test, and they saw My works for forty years…accordingly, I swore in My wrath and indignation, they shall not enter into My rest (Heb.3:7-9,11). God’s verdict to those rebellious Israelites is the same today to those who reject His Son’s sacrifice; to those so-called Christians who live to satisfy their wicked desires. The acknowledgement of iniquity in one’s life is a good start in the right direction to deal with it. David prayed Keep Your servant from willful sin (iniquity); do not let them rule over me; then I will be innocent, and cleansed from blatant rebellion (Ps. 19: 13-14). Let’s make this prayer our prayer also, as we deal with our own sin of iniquity. A broken and contrite heart the Lord will not despise (Ps. 51:17b).