Hamartiology is the study of sin.
A really good way to understand the Bible is that it speaks in terms of contrasts – good/evil, blessing/curse, salvation/damnation, sin/commandment.
Jesus Christ fulfilled the ceremonial and ritual aspects of the law by performing them to the utmost and in the proper manner. All the commandments – whether positive or negative – found their fulfillment in Him.
When Jesus Christ died, we too died to the law. Once you’re dead, the law and the covenant is dissolved.
If you haven’t died with Christ and be risen with Him to walk in the newness of life – the ritual law of blessings and curses remains in effect to a certain extent.
Can you be cleansed by the blood of bullocks, goats, sheep? No. they were a type of things to come.
The things to come came long ago – and thus the Temple was destroyed. And not allowed to be rebuilt. We tried rebuilding it a couple of times and the thing blew up. Look that up. Little trivia thing most Christians have no idea of.
When you do anything the Lord declares you shall not do, it is sin. Jesus Christ explained on the sermon on the mount that this included intent as well. If you sin in your heart, as far as the Lord is concerned, you’ve sinned in the flesh.
If you do not do anything the Lord has commanded you to do, it is sin.
This is the study of sin, it’s implications. Hamartiology is not a rewarding study – it is a sobering one. I have become convinced over the last few years that the Lord very seriously regards how we treat each other. If you’ve got a clique that other people are not welcome in, the Lord considers that sin.
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:8–10, KJV)
In the coming kingdom, there will be no people we shun because they’re awkward socially. There’ll be no people we shun because they don’t fit our standards.
So if a few years from now we don’t do these things – shouldn’t we start today?
You may be too someday. The way things are going now, I don’t think you’ll get there.
Ever think you might seem strange or boring to them?
You know, it could be that because they might not be what we consider attractive today, that people have rejected them their whole life? And so, they’re used to being in their own thoughts. Not used to conversing with people. Give it a couple of years. They might well be social etiquette experts in two years.
Love the Lord your God. Love thy neighbor as thyself.
The whole law is bound up in these.
To break these is sin. To not observe these is sin.