Biblical Principle #13: God Will Not Allow Sin in His Presence

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God will not allow sin to dwell where He is.


GOD designed creation to work a specific way. Behavior that is inconsistent with GOD’s design is sin. Because sin is against GOD’s will, GOD hates sin.

GOD is completely holy, which means that He is entirely set apart from all of creation. GOD is righteous and just.

Because GOD hates sin and GOD is righteous, just and holy, His nature disallows Himself from coexisting with sin in His presence. For this reason, GOD must keep Himself separated from sin.

As the prophet Habbakuk put it:

13 [GOD’s] eye is too pure to see evil, and You are not able to look upon affliction.

Habakkuk 1:13 OSB

GOD will not dwell (abide) in the same place as evil.

5 For You are not a God who wills lawlessness,
Nor shall the evildoer dwell with You.

Psalm 5:5 OSB

When a person sins, they become an evildoer because, well, they did evil.

This principle is borne out in the account of the Garden of Eden in Genesis. GOD created the beautiful paradise and placed Adam and Eve there to work and care for the Garden.

In the beginning, since Adam and Eve were innocent and righteous, GOD had a perfect relationship with them in the Garden (see Genesis 2:15-25). However, after Satan tempted Eve and she and Adam ate of the forbidden tree, things changed. GOD promised them that they would die in the day that they touched and ate the forbidden fruit (see Genesis 3:3).

While Adam and Eve’s sin did introduce physical death as a consequence, their physical death did not occur “in the day [they ate] from it,” as GOD had said. Rather, GOD was referring to Adam and Eve’s perfect spiritual relationship with GOD.

As sin entered Adam and Eve’s physical body, sin severed the perfect connection with GOD.

The apostle Paul worded it perfectly, millenia later:

23 For the wages of sin is death …

Romans 6:23a NIV

And what became of Adam and Eve as a result of their disobedience? GOD cast them out of the Garden. He placed heavenly creatures called cherubim at the entrance to the Garden, blocking access to the tree of life.

Everything changed. Problems entered the previously-perfect human environment. Physical pain and death became a reality. No longer did GOD dwell in perfect unity with His human creation.

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5 responses to “Biblical Principle #13: God Will Not Allow Sin in His Presence”

  1. Luis Dones Avatar
    Luis Dones

    I’ve been led in spirit and truth that the hebrew word ELOHIM means plural it means that there was 2 but in 1 in the midst. Let me explain better the Almighty GOD in HIS spirit form that can not dwell among sin so HE’S the all knowing did know that sin was to come so before HE even created heaven or earth HE dimmed HIMSELF to an angel level the WORD OF GOD or better known in the kjv THE ANGEL OF THE LORD which through all was made

    Colossians 1:16

    “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”

    SO the Almighty GOD in HIS true form dimmed HIMSELF toTHE ANGEL OF THE LORD level and created 1st the other angels is why in Genesis it says
    And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness
    Who is the “US” and “OUR”
    simply GOD in HIS ANGEL form NOT IN HIS ALMIGHTY FORM said this to the other angels that HE created. Remember HE created the heavens above the heavens 1st and why would their be 2 heavens because the bible says
    1 Kings 8:27
    But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded.

    THE ALMIGHTY GOD IN HIS TRUE FORM cannot be around sin it explains why Satan and the rest of of the fallen angels wasn’t destroyed in HIS Presence that very moment when they committed the 1st sin and rebelled against GOD breaking HIS commandments for GOD Almighty in HIS dimmed mode could sustain sin and allow Satan to come up to heaven
    Job 1:6
    Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
    The ANGEL OF THE LORD who is the Almighty GOD in HIS dimmed form was the one through out the old Testament who appeared to Abraham ,Isaac and Jacob, to Moses’s in a burning bush Exodus 3:2
    2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

    This link will take you to all the verses that shows where the ANGEL OF THE LORD was mentioned

    Now let’s move on to the new testament now the Almighty GOD took on flesh from dimming HIMSELF TO the ANGEL OF THE LORD He became THE SON OF GOD
    John 1:14

    “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

    Why do the I know that the SON of GOD WAS GOD because HE TOLD satan not to test HIM
    Matthew 4:7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’
    There’s many passages that Jesus is Called GOD but Jesus/GOD did not come to save us supernaturally but save us with HIS OWN BLOOD

    1 John 2:1

    “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”

  2. Terry Bucholtz Avatar
    Terry Bucholtz

    Only God knows and The Spirit will tell us only what God has told Him and for up to now, we can’t tell.

  3. Jane Hubbard Avatar
    Jane Hubbard

    What was special about Jesus’ divinity that allowed him to come to this world in the presence of sin since God can’t be in the presence of sin?

    1. Tim Harris Avatar

      Hi Jane, great question! Thank you. I aim to make a future Principle about this when we get to Jesus’ birth in the chronology, but this is the reason GOD had to become flesh, to bridge the otherwise-impassible chasm because “all sin and fall short of the glory of GOD.”

      As Paul expressed it:

      20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
      (2 Corinthians 5:20-21 NASB)

      This process could only be accomplished by GOD stooping down from His great position in the highest to the lowest form of mankind:

      5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
      (Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV)

      Only by the innocent blood of a sinless man could there be a sufficient payment that could serve as the substitute offering for our guilt to satisfy GOD’s character necessity that sin must be punished and that He cannot have a completely whole (i.e., fully healed) relationship with one who bears guilt from sin.

      O the distance of that great descent and the love it took to stoop so lowly! Praise Jesus.

      I hope this answers your question. Blessings.

  4. Jackson Varnado Avatar

    I would somewhat disagree with this passage because in Job 1 Satan the evil one comes into the lords kingdom by his allowance and God sees and communicates with him. Another reason is that God sees sin with Adam and Eve and he sees sin in Sodom and Gomorrah and in the great flood. Also Habbakuk is actually asking God a question because he sees so much evil and he wonders if God even sees it (which he does) and will eventually punish the wicked. And lastly the Psalmist states dwells or taints the Lord meaning just like putting dye into an ocean he cannot be tainted and no evil can DWELL with him or be with him in his final kingdom.

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