How Does God Define Sin?

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This is another joint article Susanne Schuberth* and I wrote together with the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was without sin because He only did what He saw His Father doing and He only spoke His words. This is why Paul could say that nothing of itself is sin, but only that which is done without faith… which is not doing what our Daddy in Heaven shows us to do and say. Faith is not law keeping. Faith is obeying the Spirit and the wind of the Spirit blows where no man expects it to. We must be free to follow the leading of the Spirit if we are to walk by faith. This is why Peter was sinning when he refused to eat with Gentiles, though the law forbade him to do so, but the Spirit of the NEW covenant often surpasses the law. The apostle Paul told us the following,

“I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.” (Rom 14:14 ESV)

“To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.” (Titus 1:15 ESV)

So, we see in the New Testament that nothing of itself is unclean. We need to only follow the leading of the Spirit in ALL things we do and say. But herein lies the danger as well… If we are not walking in faith and are not in tune with the Spirit, we can fall into delusions for our adversary is good at getting us to believe a lie. It is not by law keeping that we are made safe, but rather by living by EVERY word that proceeds from the mouth of God and not living by our fleshly desires and the lies of the serpent. Remember that the devil used scripture to tempt Jesus to sin!
We also know that if we are acting out of unselfish love in whatever we do, we are fulfilling the O.T. law AND the law of Christ.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Galatians 5:14, KJ2000)

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:3-4, KJ2000)

But how do we know if we just now are walking by faith – or not? The Bible tells us,

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3 ESV)

We can be sure if we are enwrapped in His peace right now, we are in His will, we are walking by faith and there is no sin so that there would be an open door for Satan to make us fear, worry, or a possibility to deceive or delude us. This was summed up in what Paul wrote to the Philippians…

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:4-8, KJ2000)

So, back to our question, “How does God define sin?” Paul wrote “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23, KJ2000) Any time we are falling short of the glory of God we are in sin… That is any time our lives and our words are not glorifying God and His will for us, we are sinning. We are called to walk as Jesus walked on this earth in total obedience to the Father with lives that glorify Him. “Father, continue to mature us in your Spirit so that we might live lives that only glorify you. Amen.”

*Susanne’s blog page can be found here

11 comments on “How Does God Define Sin?

  1. Michael says:

    I am sorry that I had to post this blog twice. My first attempt to simply ping back to the one on “Entering Into the Promised Land” by Susanne Schuberth with whom I wrote this article did not allow for comments on our blog. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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  2. It was a joy to write with you, my brother. Thank you!

    Having had blank minds before (both of us), God filled them after praying to Him. What a wonderful God we have! 🙂

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    • Michael says:

      Yes, I had a blank mind, as far as writing a blog goes, for three weeks this last time and then while we were in fellowship in the Spirit “BING!” then it all came. Your words from Him opened my heart to hear what the Spirit was saying as to what it means to obey our Father and what it means to truly live by EVERY WORD that PROCEEDS from the mouth of God. Like you said, prayer was the key to bringing us together into alignment with His heart. I look forward to more times like this with you and hopefully with other of His saints as well, God willing.

      Michael 🐻

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      • Well, just being honest here, Michael. It might be true that my first words were from Him and made it clear to me that He wanted us to write a blog post together, yet the major part of this article was written by you. I was so touched whenever I heard God’s voice through another addition you made that I could only stand back and wonder how powerfully He spoke through you. What an amazing God we have and what a great experience it is to be part of His Body! May He build up ALL members of His Body just as He wills. Amen.

        Susanne 🐱

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  3. Michael says:

    Susanne, I was so blessed by Him speaking through you that I did not notice what was coming through me and what was coming through you. Oh, what a blessed unity is ours as we put our minds at rest and trust in HIM! ⭐

    Love you in the Son,

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  4. I remember reading the story of a Christian imprisoned by the Communists for his faith. The prisoner was required to clean the latrine every week. This was a filthy hole in the ground all the prisoners used jointly. In order to accomplish the task, this man had to be lowered into the foul pit. When asked years later how he managed to endure the experience, he said he always looked forward to it. You see, he thought of the task as time he could spend privately with the Lord. The pit smelled to him of roses.

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

    With love to you both,

    Anna ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Michael says:

      Dear Anna,

      I read this story about this brother some years ago Anna. It exemplifies what Isaiah said, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Paul also gave witness to this amazing state of soul and spirit that is ours IN Christ saying,

      “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13, KJ2000)

      Christ’s great love to you, my sister,


  5. kenneth dawson says:

    That last sentence in the post says everything that needs to be said!

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    • Michael says:

      Thanks, Kenneth. That is our prayer.

      “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:1-3, nrs)


  6. Michael says:

    We would like to thank Sheri at “Ink Pastries” for rebloging our article on her site.

    God bless you, dear sister!

    Michael (and Susanne)


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