The Coniah Curse and the Sin Nature

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Every study of the Word of God ought to be preceded by a naming of your sins to God. This restores you to fellowship with God (1John 1:8–10). If we acknowledge our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9). If there are people around, you would name these sins silently. If there is no one around, then it does not matter if you name them silently or whether you speak aloud.


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The Coniah Curse (a graphic)

The Coniah Curse and the Passing Down of the Sin Nature

David’s Family Graphic


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Preface:   It appears that Coniah (also known as Jeconiah), a descendant of King David, is supposed to be cut out of the line of Christ in Jer. 22:24–30. However, we find his name in Matt. 1:11, which is a part of the genealogy of Jesus Christ. So what gives?


This is a fascinating doctrine, which has parallels to the sin nature; that is, Coniah himself illustrates the sin nature, and the necessity of the virgin birth.


A great many weird accusations have been made about the Bible, including the idea that so many men got in a room, chose which books to insert, and edited the books so that the Bible would teach doctrines that this elite group favored. This is historically inaccurate, impossible at any point in time, and doctrines like the Coniah Curse show us just how complex and intricate the Bible actually is.


This doctrine of the Coniah curse is based upon the writings of three different men, the first of whom is separated from the second two men by a period of over 600 years. We know this to be true, as there was already a Greek translation of the Old Testament in use when Matthew and Luke came on the scene. The concept of the virgin birth can really be traced back all the way to the 3rd chapter of Genesis, as well as to the writings of Isaiah. The concept of the sin nature is found throughout Scripture.


The Coniah Curse (a graphic) from TheNey03 on YouTube; accessed December 11, 2013.

The sin nature is passed along by the human father; and this is illustrated by the Coniah curse. Throughout the Bible there are a number of real things which also are illustrative. Coniah is a real person, and he illustrates a real thing (the sin nature).

The Coniah Curse and the Passing Down of the Sin Nature

1.     God made many promises to Abraham which were continued to David; David was promised that a King from his line would sit on the throne of Israel forever (this is known as the Davidic Covenant). Psalm 89

2.     This Eternal King is Jesus Christ, also called the Son of David. Matt. 1:1 9:27

3.     However, in David’s line there was a king so horrible and God cursed him for all time. This is Jeconiah, also known as Coniah. Jer. 22:24–30 "As I live," says the LORD, "though you, Coniah son of Jehoiakim, the king of Judah, were a signet ring on My right hand, I would tear you from it. In fact, I will hand you over to those you dread, who want to take your life, to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the Chaldeans. I will hurl you and the mother who gave birth to you into another land, where neither of you were born, and there you will both die. They will never return to the land they long to return to." Is this man Coniah a despised, shattered pot, a jar no one wants? Why are he and his descendants hurled out and cast into a land they have not known? Earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the LORD says: Record this man as childless, a man who will not be successful in his lifetime. None of his descendants will succeed in sitting on the throne of David or ruling again in Judah. (HCSB; emphasis mine)

4.     However, Coniah’s name is found in the line of David, and in the line of Christ in Matt. 1:11. At first, that would seem problematic, as God certainly made it sound as though he is cut out of the Davidic Covenant.

5.     So, how is this man kept out of the line of Christ? Matt. 1:11 is the legal line of Christ, going from Abraham to Joseph. Joseph is Jesus’ legal father, but not His genetic father. Jesus is not actually descended from Coniah, even though His legal father, Joseph, was.

6.     Coniah represents the sin nature. The sin nature cannot be in the line of Christ. Jesus cannot inherit a sin nature. No one with a sin nature can die for our sins.

7.     The sinless Jesus Christ died for our sins. God had Christ, Who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God's approval through Him. (2Cor. 5:21; God’s Word capitalized)

8.     Joseph, in the line of Coniah, is not the genetic father of Jesus. Therefore, Coniah is not in the line of Christ. Matt. 1:18–19


David’s Family Graphic from Pastor Ed Collins; accessed April 23, 2014.


9.     The genetic line of Jesus does not proceed through David and his son Solomon to Jesus; but through David and his son Nathan and eventually to Jesus. Compare Matt. 1:6 with Luke 3:31.

10.   So Coniah, representative of the sin nature, is kept out of the genetic line of Jesus Christ; just as the sin nature is not passed along to Jesus, because there was no contribution from a human father. It is the human father who passes down the sin nature. This is why the virgin birth is so important. We inherit the sin nature from our father only. Since Jesus Christ had no human father, He was not born with a sin nature.

11.   Adam sinned knowingly; but his wife sinned because she was deceived. So they are both fallen, but the nature of their original sins is different. 1Tim. 2:13–15

12.   Because of the difference of their sins, God has dealt with the man and woman differently. From the very beginning, the Savior would be born as the seed of the woman. Even as far back as Gen. 3:15, God spoke of the seed of the woman, which would be the natural enemy of the seed of the serpent.

13.   Thus the importance of the virgin birth, which is more than a sign. The virgin birth is the means by which Jesus is born without an indwelling sin nature. Isa. 7:14 Matt. 1:23 Luke 1:35 John 1:14 Heb. 4:15 7:26 1John 3:5

14.   Therefore, Jesus is born without a sin nature because he had no human father. He is also born outside of the line of Coniah, who represents the passing along of the human sin nature. Coniah is cursed; and the sin nature is our curse.

For those who like to speculate, if the humanity of Jesus sinned, then there could be no salvation. At that point, Jesus could only die for His Own sins. No idea how the Hypostatic Union could have held together. However, as noted above, Jesus was without sin—He did not have a sin nature nor did He commit any personal sins. Therefore He could take upon Himself our sins.


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I did not really look through these carefully. I am not sure if any of them drew the parallel between Coniah and the sin nature.

The Coniah Curse (other sources)

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ and the Curse of Coniah. Grace Bible Church

The Davidic Covenant: The Coniah curse. Robert McLaughlin

The Prophetic Necessity Of The Virgin Birth. Pastor Jeremy M. Thomas; Fredericksburg Bible Church

Why a Virgin Named Mary? Pastor Ed Collins


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