Utterly

13 Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful (Romans 7).

The word “utterly” is translated from the word “hyperbole” in the Greek.  Now, in our language, hyperbole means the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech — not to be taken literally.  Yet here, no exaggeration whatsoever is intended.  Sin is “utterly” sinful!

But let’s face it.  We’d rather look at sin as “kinda” sinful, or “I-didn’t-mean-it” sinful, or “really-not-all-that-bad” sinful, or “not-as-bad-as-so-n-so” sinful — any kind of sinful but “hyperbole” — “beyond-all-measure-exceedingly-preeminently” sinful.

Whatever sin we might consider to be the least in measure, God considers “hyperbole” — “beyond-all-measure-exceedingly-preeminently” abhorrent.  The Cross was so excruciating and so ugly because that’s what even the smallest sin is in the eyes of an utterly holy God.  Christ died utterly because sin is so utterly sinful.

Lord, thank You for dying for utter sinners like us.  Help us This Day to live our lives utterly unto You, our utterly holy God and Savior.  Amen.