Notes on the Nature of Repentance

This Sunday, we looked at Psalm 32 and what it has to say about repentance.

If you were there, you might remember that I mentioned that iniquity comes from the same root as inequality. In case you are interested, the reason they are spelled differently is that they entered English at different times. Iniquity appears in Middle English around 1300, coming directly from Latin. Inequality comes through French and does not arrive in English until 1484, nearly two hundred years later.

Regardless how you spell it, this idea of iniquity is that there is something out of balance. In the case of Psalm 32, what is out of balance? What does not add up? It is man’s capacity to remove or cover sin. Our own sinfulness cries out for a savior.

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