Conversations With the Seer–What Is Sin in God’s Eyes?

(Formerly in Israel, if a man went to inquire of God, he would say, “Come, let us go to the Seer,” because the prophet of today used to be called a Seer. I Samuel 9: 9)

“Just what is sin then?” I asked the Seer.  We had been talking about the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the “sin” question had come up.

“Sin is the breaking of the law,” he said (1).

“Which law?”

“The Ten Commandments.  If you are breaking one of them, then you are in a sinful state.  The apostle Paul of Tarsus proves this when he wrote, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet (2).  Here he equates sin with breaking one of the Ten Commandments.  Coveting or desiring your neighbor’s possessions or wife is a sin, prohibited by the Ten Commandments.  There are nine others.  Breaking any of them is sinning.”

“But I’ve been taught that sin can be anything from dancing to drinking wine, from getting angry to not doing something that I am supposed to do.”

“Shuffling one’s feet on a hardwood floor does not necessarily mean one is sinning.  Remember King David, flooded with complete joy, danced in the streets; he did not sin.  The Savior Himself drank wine in the homes of sinners and publicans (3), yet He committed no sin.  He also got angry at the moneychangers at the temple, yet without sin.”

“Why don’t the preachers teach this?”

“They either do not know the truth, or they have turned from the truth and continued on in man’s traditions.  I do not judge them.  We all have a Judge who will examine us in light of the knowledge given us by Him.”

“You mentioned dancing and drinking wine.  Why would that not be sinning?”

“God looks on the intents of the heart (4).  If dancing is used for sinful and lustful purposes, then it is suspect.  Same goes for drinking a glass of fermented grape juice.  Righteous indignation is not the same as selfish anger.”

“Sin then is a spiritual condition.”

“Yes.  It is a spiritual condition of the heart, of the core of a person.  But sin does not have to be permanent in the human being.  A ‘new heart’ composed of His Spirit can be transplanted into the human being through repentance and faith toward God (5).”  He saw that I had enough to chew on, so he stopped speaking.

I thanked him for the visit and walked away with some answers, but they seemed to germinate and sprout into more questions–questions for another day.        Kenneth Wayne Hancock

1. I John 3:4

2. Romans 7: 7

3. Luke 19: 2

4. Hebrew 4:12

5. Ezekiel 36: 26-27


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7 responses to “Conversations With the Seer–What Is Sin in God’s Eyes?

  1. Jean Cheatham

    This is very good. Many believe because we are saved through Grace (unmerited favor) the law was done away with. But, not so. He paid the penalty so we don’t have to, but it doesn’t give us the license to sin. He washes it away. He saves us FROM our sins, not IN them.

  2. wayneman5

    Excellent point, Jean. He said, “I came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it”–in us, by His in-dwelling Spirit. By faith in His Spirit within, we walk a free life–free from sin and sinning, and thed guilt associated thereby. Great comment. Wayneman

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  4. William

    Well needed wayneman. While we are here we need to look at James 4:17 – Therefore he that knoweth to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
    We seee in Romans14:22 & 23 – Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats; for whatever is not from faith is sin.

    • Yes, William. Faith establishes the law in us by His in-dwelling Spirit, which cannot but keep the law. We must remember that “ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.” “It is no longer I that lives (our old sinful nature) but Christ that lives in me…” Our help is all there in the Word. The question is this: Do we believe the Word? “With God all things are possible.” Even a life in Him where He has taken over our bodies to the point of not breaking His 10 commandments (sin).

  5. William

    You ask the question…”Do we (meaning me or any one who professes to believe the Bible is THE Word of God?” THEN YOU PREFACE THAT WITH THIS, “Our help is all there in the Word.”
    wayneman…I thought I did believe? For there are things or behaviors sins) I have turned from, that I am sorry for and am delighted that I no longer engage in. At the same time, particularily when it comes to food there are (foods and coffeee that are considered junk food, foods that are not good for us that I eat that bring doubt that I shouldn’t and so I have tried to put them out but have not succeeded.
    When I read your views I am led to believe my failure in these areas is due to lack of belief?
    Is that what you are saying?

    • William, there are many things that need to be repented of after our initial repentance from sin. We take up the cross and follow Christ. As we are made aware of our faults on our walk towards immortality, we then “purge ourselves” by asking the Father’s help to let those things “die out” on the cross…First our old nature dies with Him on the cross. Then, we surrender our faults to the death of the cross. By His grace and mercy, we no longer sin. But we still have faults. It’s like a 9 year old child has a fault of immaturity, but he or she is a good little child that only needs to mature into the fullness of adulthood….We, then, in the spiritual realm need to mature “till we all come the the fullness of the stature of Christ…till Christ be formed in you…”Many people have trouble understanding the difference between the repentance (never to do it again) of faults and sins. It is because they lack knowledge about the Christian growth cycle of how the Spirit grows up and matures within the temple of God–THEIR BODIES. Hope this helps…Wayneman

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