Sins of the Spirit
David had just achieved a number of victories. In his pride of life Satan incited David to number the people. The word “incite” means to lure someone by persuasion or deception.
1 Ch 21:1 Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel.
Notice that David states that he has sinned greatly.
1 Ch 21:7 But God was displeased with this thing, and he struck Israel. 1 Ch 21:8 And David said to God, “I have sinned greatly in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”
Yet when he had committed adultery and had Uriah murdered, he said only that he “sinned against the Lord”.
2 Sa 12:13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
For having sinned greatly 70,000 died.
1 Ch 21:14 So the Lord sent a pestilence on Israel, and 70,000 men of Israel fell.
For having sinned David’s newborn son died.
2 Sa 12:14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.”
For having sinned greatly, there were 70,000 deaths; this was a “defilement of the Spirit”. For “defilement of the body”, adultery, there was 1 dead.
2 Co 7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
The son that was lost committed a defilement of the body, but the son that obeyed his father committed a defilement of the spirit.
Lk 15:29 but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. Lk 15:30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ Lk 15:31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. Lk 15:32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’ ”
1 Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
The church and Christians are quick to condemn and judge sins of the body forgetting their sins of the spirit.
Published on Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 4:39 AM CDT