Sin and the Seed Which It Produces

By Clovis Miller

Knowing and believing the truth is not the same as loving the truth. Even demonic spirits know and believe the truth, but they don't love it.

Romans 7:9, 11

"I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died...
For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me." (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul was saying: When he was born, he was alive; both body and soul, having also a spiritual connection with God. The time came however, when he gained knowledge of the commandments of God; fully understanding the difference between right and wrong. The tempter then came to him, in his youth, lying to him. He believed the lie, just the same as his forefathers had done. He was deceived, the same as all who had been born into this world (Jesus excepted); and that seed of rebellion in him which he had inherited from Adam and Eve, germinated. The sins of his fathers came to life, being born in his heart. Though he was still alive, body and soul, the spiritual connection which he had before with God was broken or lost. For all intents and purposes, He was dead before God, no longer having that righteous communion with Him.

Every one of us who reach that age of understanding, are subjected to the same test; and every one of us who are subjected to that test, will fail it. Only Jesus succeeded in passing it. He was not deceived by the tempter, but as the Scriptures state: He knew " refuse evil and choose the good." (Isa. 7:15)

Think of temptation as being like a loaded gun, and sin as the bullet in its chamber. Imagine a gun whose barrel is pointed at the one who aims it. This is the design of the gun of temptation; it's always pointed at the one who holds it. so that it becomes the mechanism which releases the deadly power of the bullet (sin). Aiming this gun is the same as looking down the barrel of death. The first rule of safety in handling any gun, is treating it as though it is loaded; even if you know it is not. We should never play around or toy with any gun. This is especially true when dealing with the gun of temptation which is always loaded, even if we don't think that is the case. If we are not careful about how we handle a gun, someone, including ourselves, may get hurt. How many people have been killed or injured from guns which they thought were not loaded? Keeping the safety mechanism in the on position prevents accidental firing of a gun. The trigger is disabled by setting the safety. However, it should be understood, that there is no safety mechanism on the gun of temptation. It is prone to discharge at any time it is handled, without warning. It is a gun with a cocked hammer, and a "hair trigger". We need be careful too, that if we are holding that gun, we don't hand it to someone else so that they may be harmed by it. The only way to successfully deal with this gun, is to see it as the instrument of death and destruction which it is, and avoid handling it at all cost.

We all lose our spiritual innocence and connection to God in our youth, because we fail the test of temptation. We have effectively shot ourselves with the bullet of sin. Knowing that we all are bound by sin, and dead towards God, Jesus said, "you must be born again." When we are truly born again, as Jesus stated; the inclination to follow righteousness is instilled within us, so that a conflict occurs in our hearts, between the inclination to follow righteousness, and the inclination to commit sin.

The sins of our past produced many seeds (sinful thoughts, which we store as memories). Thoughts or ideas presented to our minds on an ongoing basis, by the enemy, may also represent a threat to our spiritual well being. All of these may continue to lie dormant within us, even after we are born again. This is what the Apotle Paul was referring to when he said, "For I know that in me (that is in my flesh) nothing good dwells." (Romans 7:18). He also speaks of the conflict which exists within us (Rom. 7:19-21). Through the deception of the enemy, those same seeds can come alive, take root, and begin to produce unrighteousness in our lives again. This is why it is so vitally important for us to deal with the gun of temptation correctly. Even a born again person can take up that gun and do himself great harm.

Under the new covenant, which God made through Jesus (Jer. 31:31-34 ; Heb. 8:8-11,12), we are told that He will forgive and forget our sins and lawless deeds. So then, if He has forgiven and forgotten our past sins, it becomes an insult to the grace which He has shown, for us to remember them. Once forgiven and cleansed, there should be no more conscienceness of our past sins, as the Apostle Paul spoke of in Hebrews 10:1-2. The only sins which should come to our minds are any which we have failed to confess and turn away from. These we should confess, ask forgiveness, and trust in the grace of God, that through Jesus, those sins also have been forgiven and forgotten. Henceforth, we should never allow those sins to enter into our thinking again. Though we are cleansed from our acts of unrighteousness, the underlying root of those acts yet remains within us. As such, the enemy works to continuously remind us of past sins, or to suggest new ideas to awaken; or stir up that inclination to sin which still resides within us, that through the process of temptation, they may regain power over our will and lives.

The numerous seeds which were produced in our lives through sin, after we suffer that initial spititual death, or seperation, will remain with us until the time arrives when our mortal bodies are redeemed (Rom. 8:23) from the curse. Then those seeds (that which corrupts our mortality) will be removed (I Cor. 15:53-56). If we sin, after we are born again, and we confess our sin to the Lord, He will pull out those seedlings which are trying to take root in our lives. As the Scripture states:

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9).

There are two types of sin; each of which require a different remedy. Firstly, their is habitual sin. This is the type of sin which the world is enslaved by. The only remedy for this type of sin is repentance. We must cease from the practice of it in order to be forgiven. Secondly, there is what might be called: "sins of impulse". This type is individual in nature (not practiced on an ongoing basis). This is the sin spoken of in I John 1:9, which must be confessed to the Lord, in order for Him to cleanse us from it.

This is the heart of the New Covenant which Jesus offers to whosoever will receive it. In short, He basically declares, that if we will cease from habitual sin, we will not be judged as sinners. Having ceased from habitual sin; and if we should commit a sin of impulse, and confess it to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us from it, for He has already paid the price, which allows Him to do that. This is the joy and freedom we have through a covenant with Him; for He has said,

"He who comes to Me, I wil in no wise cast out." (John 6:37)

If we practice sin, we will be judged as sinners (Gal. 6:7-8). There is no difference between the world which practices sin, and the "believer" who does the same (Luke 13:1-3). The believer who does so, is in danger of being outside the protection of the covenant. Again, knowing and believing the truth is not the same as loving the truth. "If you love Me, keep My commandments." (John 14:15). Not only is faith required, but action also, by which that faith is confirmed. It is not enough, to say that we believe, but we must confirm what we believe by the way we live our lives (James 2:21-22).

If we fail to confess a sin of impulse, that seedling, which was given life by our deed or thought, will continue to grow in us, until it produces a new plant, and sin is revived again; which may of itself, produce new seed, and unrighteousness (as habitual sin) will again be found in our lives. Sin begets evil seed (sinful thoughts and memories), and sinful thoughts when watered (dwelled upon) begets sin anew. Evil seed, like natural seed, lies dormant until conditions are just right for germination.

Confessing our sins to the Lord is an acknowledgement that we desire to be free from them. We, in effect, must submit our free will to the Lord, that He may remove them from our lives.

The real battle is being fought in the spiritual realm, although it does spill over into the physical realm in which we live. Unfortunately, many Christians appear to be in a "spiritual stupor". They are not asleep, but their senses are so dulled that their perception of the warefare going on in the spiritual realm is somewhere between minimal and non-existent. Sin dulls the spiritual senses, just like alcohol or drugs dulls the physical senses. This is not said as a judgment against any person; but to simply state that the rulers of wickedness, in the spiritual realm, have blinded the eyes of people so that they are basically rendered powerless, as far as posing any kind of threat, that might hamper or impede the agenda which they are trying to carry out.

If we are spiritually dead, with sin reigning in our hearts, we are walking in a darkness which blinds our eyes. It's only when the light of truth shines before us, that we can escape the darkness; and then, only if we follow the light before us.

With regard to sin, we are faced with a two fold challenge. First of all, sin replicates itself through the seed (sinful thoughts and memories) which it produces. These are seed which were produced by past sins which we have committed. We also are faced with an enemy who continuously seeks to sow new seed into our hearts, in an attempt to bring us into bondage. Scripture tells us that we await the "...redemption of our bodies...". The core of this understanding is that we are waiting for this body to be cleansed of all the evil seeds which sin have been produced in our lives, and are yet residing within in it; including new seed sown by the enemy which we refuse to give life to.

Thinking, or meditating on something is like watering a plant or seed. Regardless of what is being watered, good plants or bad plants; good seed or bad (weed) seed: those being watered will respond to what we are doing with them. What is true of sin, is also true of righteousness: whatever we water, nourish and cultivate, is that which will grow the best in our lives. If we withhold what is needed by the plant or seedling, they will eventually die. That's not to say, that if certain plants or seedlings die, that others will not eventually spring up, when the conditions are favorable for that to happen. Some seed lie dormant for years before conditions are right for germination. Because we are proned to follow the example of our ancestors, it's much easier to promote the growth of evil seed, than good seed. We should water and take care of the good seed, and deprive the evil seed of what they need to come alive and dominate our lives again.

We also should not confuse the absence of sinful thoughts in our minds, with the idea that the seed of sin is no longer present within us. At any given time, something may happen in our lives to bring to rememberance sins or evil thoughts which we have partaken of in the past. This is the seed of sin making its presence known. If we are abiding by the new covenant, we should immediately put down all such occurances (II Cor. 10:5).

Temptation serves as the mechanism through which seeds of sin are awakened to produce sin. The seeds of sin will manifest, or come alive in our hearts, if we water (think, or dwell upon them). Seeds which are watered will germinate and eventually give birth to their own kind: whether of sin, or righteousness. Continuing to dwell on sin, or sinful thoughts of the past, provides fertile conditions for that seed to come alive and begin to take root in us. At the appropriate time, the tempter will return and attempt to entice us to follow through with our thoughts, that he might begin the process of enslaving us again to sin, and restart the process by which sin is procreated. This is the war between the two laws, which the Apostle Paul was referring to: the Law of Sin, and the Law of God; which is going on inside of us continually (Romans 7:15-25).

When we are born again, the seed of righteousness is planted in our hearts. Afterwards, both the seed of sin and the seed of righteousness reside within us. While it's true that we are a new creation in Christ, the old seeds of sin don't just disappear. Instead, they remain in a state of dormancy, just as the inherited seed of rebellion was in us when we were born into the world; yet they remain fully capable of coming to life if we provide the right conditions. It's for this reason that we look for the redemption of our bodies; whereby we will not only be permanently free from sin, but purged of all the seeds of sin which yet resided within us. When this mortal puts on immortality, then the seeds of sin will be totally eradicated, and we will be forever free of their presence and influence.


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