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2 Samuel 12:13

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 13 And 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."2

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2 And 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." The Lord did not kill David, but David was subject to great suffering in order to cause David to never again consider willful sin. David had been perfect, but only like Adam and Eve were perfect, subject to falling to temptation; and David committed great sin, losing his perfection like Adam lost his; David was cut off from the Lord, losing the guidance of the light, losing to see the face of the Lord, losing the fellowship with the Lord in heaven, and viciously besieged by spiritual beings, demons. Because the Lord loved David, he turned him over to the demons to punish him, to put him at the edge of the pit, to be afflicted with pain, ridicule, accusations, etc.; in hopes that when he was to be restored to the light of the Lord, he would never forget and wilfully sin again. Several of the Psalms speak of David being tormented by the demons, see Psalms 17, 23, 25, 31, 35, 38, 43, 44, 56, 64, 66, 71, 86, 88, 118, 120, 139, 141; which are some of the many that reference these supernatural adversaries.

Before the time of Christ, perfection was only to the state of Adam and Eve, which was still subject to falling to temptation, as David's perfection was not lasting because of his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah the Hittite. The difference is that Christ makes it possible to go beyond a man being purified, being made perfect, to a permanent perfection that cannot fall to temptation. Christ makes it possible for that man to become an entirely new creature, to sit with Christ in the heavens, to be sanctified, to be holy, to be a part of Christ himself, who never fell, and who never will fall; a forever cleansing and perfection with resulting union is now available to all who go to him for change. From the word of the Lord within:

Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. Daniel 12:10

And David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD."
   [This is Psalm 51 of David after Nathan the prophet had confronted him for adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband Uriah slain in battle.]
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your loving kindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, I have sinned and done evil in your sight, so that you are justified when you speak, and blameless when you judge.
5 I was born in iniquity; and my mother conceived me in sin.
6 Behold, you desire truth in the inward being; make me to know wisdom in the inmost part.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear joy and gladness; that the bones which you have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence and do not take your holy spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you.
14 Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth your praise.
16 For you do not desire sacrifice, else would I give it; you do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good in your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then they shall offer bullocks upon your altar.