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Science of Shadows, sin not unto death

Q4: Discuss "sin" not onto death (KJV).

1Jo 5:17 All unrighteousness is "sin-offering":

  • and there is a "sin-offering" not unto death.

    The verse above is translated correctly. The Greek word 'hamartia' is the Hebrew word 'chataah' which is 'sin-offering'.The Hebrew word 'sin' is 'chata', which is the Greek word 'hamartano'. Not much difference in meaningat this stage, let's continue with the 'sin-offering not unto death'.

    If you doubt this understanding...

  • See detailed studies of 'sin'
  • See detailed studies of the 'sin-offering'.

  • Also see a basic understanding of sin.
  • See how sins make shadows
  • See a simple practical demonstration on the 'sin not unto death', the saved cigarette smoker.

    This statement of John is made in his letter while speaking about GOD as a simile of light. John also is instructed to write about darkness, sinning and the sin-offering .

    1Jo 1:5 � ..... God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

    1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,....

    1Jo 1:9 If we confess our sin-offering, he is faithful forgive our sin-offering,....

    1Jo 1:10 If we say that sinning we have not sinned, we make him a liar.....

    1Jo 2:1 � My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.

    1Jo 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness ....

    1Jo 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not do a sin-offering; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

    1Jo 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin-offering which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sinning not unto death. There is a sin-offering unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

    17 All unrighteousness needs sin-offering: and there is a sin-offering not unto death.

    1Jo 5:18 � We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

    All these verses shown here are correctly translated. Translators confuse "chata" (sin) with "chataah" (sin-offering). Notice the context of the entire letter is about light, darkness, sinning and sin-offering, GOD and Jesus.

    (1) Light and objects produce relationships..

    1Jo 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him....

    Fellowship is a relationship with another being of power. Notice Jesus had fellowship with His Father.

    Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments "entole", ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments "entole", and abide in his love.

    Jesus guarded His Father�s commandments and His love. As disciples we are to guard Jesus commandments and His love. Notice there are two sources of love that compliment each other. The question we must ask here is what commandments belong to the Father and which belong to Jesus ?The Greek word commandments "entole" is the same as the Hebrew word "mitsvah" from which the NT translation came from.

    Pr 6:23 For the commandment "mitsvah" is a lamp; and the teachings "towrah" is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

    Thus we have the Father�s commandments functioning like the lamp, and Jesus teachings as in the torah functioning like the light. This makes Jesus a witness or carrier of the Father's love from Him to us.

    1Jo 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, w e lie, and do not the truth:

    Now the story shifts from Jesus who walked in fellowship to His Father, to us who must walk in fellowship to Jesus�. light and objects (us) form relationships....

    When we walk in fellowship to Jesus, to our Saviour as a function of light natural things occur�.Light and darkness must exist together in balance�..

    Too much light blinds you�.too little light blinds you

    You need a balance of light and darkness in order to see, to perceive and exist in this world fallen into condemnation as a result of Adam�s fall.

    (2) Less light causes darkness..

    When we walk the path of our lives, we can walk the correct path, or wander from the correct path. Likewise the Bible here speaks of walking more in the light, or wandering away into less of the light, so that darkness comes more over your path. What we need to see is that darkness does not exist by itself. Even in pure darkness there is always some light however small.

    Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD "Yahwah" (Jesus) do all these things.

    We humans have assumed a term to describe places of evil and wrong doing, than claim God as the source of that evil and wrongdoing. But God is NOT the source of dysfunction even if God alllows dysfunction to be perceived. Dysfunction or evil by itself does not exist. Evil is simply the absence of the love of God in people�s lives. Likewise darkness is simply an area of less light in that place.

    And so since we can walk in darkness, what does the word darkness "skotia" (Greek) mean in John ?

    Joh 8:12 � Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness "skotia", but shall have the light of life.

    1Jo 1:5 � ....... God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

    1Jo 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

    1Jo 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness , and walketh in darkness , and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes

    From these texts 'skotiia' means �dark� or �darkness�. The darkness is understood to be physical, like a dark time (John 20:1) as well as a darkness over people�s lives when they sin (1 John 2:9). What defines the darkness is light (Mt 10:27) especially the light of Jesus (John 12:35) that offers the light of life, and illuminates the correct path to follow.

    1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin-offering.

    Darkness equates to sinning and the requirement for a sin-offering to atone for our sinning, and from all the studies of the Greek term "skotia", this is a good analogy.

    (3) Light defines shadows..

    Less light causes shadows, but more light defines the edges of our shadows, so in the presence of GOD (all light)shadows are records of our sinning, or our travellling throughout our life.

    Here are some Scripture verses on this theme:-

    Job 3:5 Let darkness "choshek" and the shadow of death "tsalmaveth" stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness "kimriyr" of the day terrify it.

    Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow "tsel":

    Job 10:21 Before I go whence I shall not return even to the land of darkness "choshek" and the shadow of death "tsalmaveth";

    Ps 17:8 � Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow "tsel": of thy wings,

    Ps 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow "tsel": of thy wings.

    Ps 91:1 � He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow "tsel": of the Almighty "Shadday".

    Mt 4:16 The people which sat in darkness "skotos" saw great light "phos"; and to them which sat in the region and shadow "skia" of death light is sprung up.

    Lu 1:79 To give light "epiphaino" to them that sit in darkness "skotos" and in the shadow "skia" of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace

    Scripture speaks of the shadow of death (Job3:5) in which there is darkness, and there is the concept of protection under the shadow of the Shadday is a parallel to being in the secret place of the Father (Ps91:1). There is a concept that light defines shadows (Luke 1:79) such the shadows of death are to be to feared (Job10:21).

    (4) two types of shadows..

    Scripture speaks of two shadows of darkness, just as science also speaks of two types of shadows, the pre-umbra and the umbra.First have a look at Scripture verses on this theme:-

    Mt 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer "exoteros" darkness "skotos" : there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea foaming out their own shame wandering stars to whom is reserved the blackness "zophos" of darkness "skotos" for ever .

    Jude also talks about the same outer darkness as a blackness darkness�.

    2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness "zophos", to be reserved unto judgment;

    Peter goes to explain this blackness as a darkness we might term hell where the evil angels were cast into�.

    Lu 1:79 To give light "epiphaino" to them that sit in darkness "skotos" and in the shadow "skia" of death "thanatos", to guide our feet into the way of peace

    Darkness also makes SHADOWS of death as well as sinning. This suggests there are TWO shadow types, or TWO darkness types, one shadow causes eternal death and the other shadow does not.

    (5) How light affects the two shadows.

    Lets� put all this together into John�s analogy that God functions like light.Light defines areas in our lives with some places of light and some places of darkness. The boundaries of light and dark is called a shadow region. There are two types of shadows in nature, just as they are in Scripture. One darkness or shadow is blackest darkness, the other by derivative is called covered darkness, because the region is made when some light reaches into the region.

  • For example
  • consider a simple pen under ceiling light..


    When you place a pen on your desk, the light makes a fully dark region called an umbra shadow. But if you lift the pen toward the light from the ceiling, the light penetrates into the umbra shadow making a second shadow that is less dark with more light, a pre-umbra shadow.

    Light always is radiating in straight lines in all directions, falling onto an object, and when forming regions of less light or more light , makes a shadow.

    Scripture speaks of two darknesses or shadow types, just as Science says there are two types of darkness. To simplify the Scripture concept of darkness, there is outer or blackest darkness, a kind of hell or second death , and inner or covered darkness, a kind of dysfunction humans also do each day, both are figures for sin.In Science the terms are more easily defined: To define a region of sin, one need only two rays of light, one from the top of the Son to the top of the sinner, the other from the bottom of the Son to the top of the sinner. All other rays fall in between these region extremes.

    The umbra shadow is made from regions of no light. The pre-umbra is made from areas of some light, penetrating into the umbra shadow. Not all the light can fall into the pre-umbra region since the object still blocks some of the light.

    The umbra darkness or shadow is called 'outer darkness' in Scripture and leads to death. The pre-umbra darkness or shadow is called inner darkness or covered darkness in Scripturue and does not lead to death. What causes darkness is your relationship to Jesus,you block Jesus light from entering your life, so your own darkness falls behind your travelling in life,making an umbra shadow, that leading to the second death. However if you walk towards Jesus and really get to know Him, His rays of light penetrate into your 'shadows of sin' making some them covered with His forgiveness, causing a pre-umbra.

    Why can�t the light directly penetrate the blackest darkness is because the object sinner is blocking the process directly by being too far from the light source. So how is the blackest darkness removed ? By simply moving towards the light source, the blackest darkness vanishes as more light enters the region.

    Since Jesus and the sinner are both human objects, the cause and effect is caused by the movement closer or farther from the light, thus the affect is caused by how close your relationship is to your light bearer, Jesus, the light of the world.

    (6) some diagrams explain..

    Mathematically this process is explained below :

    When the sinner walks towards the saviour, the blackness darkness goes away, but the covered darkness gets larger, meaning he feels a chief of sinners. Should a sinner walk away from his saviour, the blackness darkness returns and the covered sins are made smaller in areas of his life.

    If the believer in Christ walks closer and closer to Christ, there are no blackest darkness regions in your life, but only covered darkness regions, and they appear bigger and bigger. You feel like a chief of sinners, when in factyou no longer do any wilful sinning.

    Just to clarify the Scripture analogy on this , umbra shadows cause eternal death. Pre-umbra shadows do not. While both are types of dysfunction, one shadow is caused by the closeness one is to Christ in obedience. The other is caused by willful disobedience, one who must naturally in a relationship, be far away from Christ.

    1Jo 3:4 � Whosoever does a sin-offering does also the torah: for sin-offering ( is about) torah. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sin-offerings; and in him is no sin-offering. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

    The verses above show correct translation, the Greek word "poieo" means to "do" and not transgress, the Greek word "hamartia" means "sin-offering" and not "sins". The verses speak about when a sinner has been sinning, they come to the torah to seek the method for atonement of that sinning, using the sin-offering. The sin-offering uses a sin-bearer (Jesus) who needed no sin-of fering of His own. Those who have made a sin-offering, to a person called Jesus, our Sin-bearer do not continue sinning.

    1Jo 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not do sin-offering; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot keep sinning, because he is born of God.

    John goes on to describe those with obedience in Jesus, do not sin. He measures this obedience against how well we love our brother and how well we give our brother that same light that covers his sins as Jesus gives light to cover our sins. John remains with the light, darkness and sin analogy four three or more chapters, showing the relationship of light, darkness and sin is a walking towards the light or a walking in the darkness, away from the light of Jesus..

    1Jo 5:16 If any man see his brother sinning a sin-offering which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sinning not unto death. There is a sin-offering unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin-offering: and there is a sin-offering not unto death.

    Sometimes as Christians in Jesus, as objects in a relationship to Jesus, the source of our light that radiates from the Father, our sinning in Jesus, our sin-bearer for our sin-offering, is not unto eternal death. The reason for this is because our relationship to Jesus is close and His light of love is able to cover our ignorant missings, despite our faults. Notice this kind of sinning is not wilful sinning. It is ignorant sinning that breaks off our relationship to Jesus and prevents the good things of power flowing through us. It causes the still small voice of Jesus to fade away. It makes our faces shine less brightly, but in a marriage like relationship to Jesus, we are not cast away because of the spectral relationship we find ourselves in. Our task is to continue to walk closer and closer to Jesus. This causes the covered shadows of relationship to become infinitely large, thus our attitudes of relationship change and all outer darkness is gone.

    Should we continue sinning, even wilful sinning, the relationship changes until the outer darkness returns in our lives, and our sinning is now onto eternal death ! This mathematical point where all outer shadows vanish and only covered shadows remain, is dependent upon the size of the sinner, our Saviour and the relationship distance both are to each other. Such a point is individually defined by relationship, uniquely for every sinner and His Saviour.

    (7) teaching a second time..

    Let's teach this again so we might understand.

    When you play around with a magnifying glass, or a pen and its shadows under a ceiling light, there is far away an object that makes dark shadows, which are records of your sinning unto death.When you come closer to Jesus and His saving power, the dark shadows go away automatically and you feel like a chief of sinners. You also no longer sin wilfully.

    As you first journey from your baptism, the fallen flesh wars over the Holy Spirit dwelling in you with this new power of Jesus, from GOD. So your 'human powers of self' decrease, and your 'powers of Christ from GOD' increase. This is a daily process, a constant waring over your soul. This is what Paul called some growing on milk (Hebrews 5:13), they had not reached the complete level of maturity in the Holy Spirit of Christ. As you journey in your relationship with Jesus, you eventually come to a cross over point, where without knowing yourself, your 'human powers of self' no longer make claims over your mind, and you totally rest in the powers of GOD, through Jesus your Saviour. You are completely filled with the Holy Spirit, but you feel a chief of sinners, when in fact you no longer do wilful sinning. Any miscomings or ignorant missings are sin-offerings NOT unto death, because Jesus maintains His relat ionship with you, and you with Him.

    Thus there is a constant shifting in our "world view" of GOD. Our "world view" of GOD becomes more and more empowered by Him and less and less empowered by Man. In other words if we are water, we begin cold, and become lukewarm and finally become hot, because GOD's heat is in us. Or if we begin in darkness, our journey is a deathly shadow, and as the light covers us we become a "covered shadow" and as more light increases our walk before GOD has no shadows at all, because the light is seven fold intense, something that happens only in heaven.

    In summary, there are many ways to describe the sin-offering not unto death. This is one of them in this study�And since John in this chapter says God functions like light, here is one Scientific model to describe how Jesus covers our unrighteousness with His righteousness, when we choose to walk in His light, along our path of life.

    God bless our relationship of fellowship in Jesus ! Shalom

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