Overcoming Sin through Christ: Irreconcilable

  Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.

Implacability, Unappeasable, Irreconcilable

Most people don’t frequently use these terms but they are good ones and they convey important meanings. When there is a difficulty between you and another person, are you slow to be appeased?  When there has been a separation between people, are you unwilling to be reconciled? Beware—for such sins do have eternal consequences!

You won’t find “implacable” in most modern translations of the Bible but it refers to a sin described on the pages of Scripture.  Implacable means “impossible to placate or appease,” and placate means “to allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease.”[1]  Another definition of implacable would be “not to be appeased, mollified, or pacified.”[2]

Paul describes the “difficult times” of “the last days” and mentions various sins prevalent in society.  He says that people will be “unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips,” and other sins (2 Timothy 3:3, NASB, NET Bible).  The term “irreconcilable” is “implacable” in the KJV.[3]  The ESV has “unappeasable” here. 

The Greek scholar W. E. Vine says that this comes from aspondos and means “one who cannot be persuaded to enter into a covenant.”[4]  Such a person will want to remain an enemy of those who offend them.  They will be unwilling to try to solve issues of alienation.  They would hold on to their grudges and maintain their bitterness. They will not be easily appeased.  They will be implacable. 

Once offended, an “implacable” person isn’t willing to seek reconciliation.  Jesus says that we are not to have this attitude.  He said, “If you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering” (Matthew 5:23-24).  He says, “Make friends quickly with your opponent at law” (v. 25a).  In other words, He urges reconciliation. 

On other hand, if the other person is responsible for the alienation, Jesus gives detailed instructions on how to go to the sinful brother and seek his repentance and forgiveness—and reconciliation (Matthew 18:15-20).  Whether we are the offender or the offended, we should seek to reconcile.  The “implacable” person won’t desire the settling of disputes and won’t be anxious to forgive the offender.  He’ll be content to remain in alienation.

As we see in the discussion under “unforgiveness,” we must be willing to forgive the offender who seeks forgiveness.  Jesus plainly says to “forgive him” and not remain alienated (Luke 17:3-4).  There must be no place for implacability or an irreconcilable attitude.

 



[1] The American Heritage College Dictionary.

[2] Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.

[3] Bauer, Arndt, Gingrich, and Danker have “irreconcilable” here (A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament).

[4] Expository Dictionary.

 

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