Spiritual Dictionary Section S-4

Sin - All unrighteousness is sin. I John. 5:17

          Disbelief in Jesus. John 16:8-9

          Not of faith. Romans 14:23

          Transgression of the law. I John 3:4


Sin – list of:

          Fearful. Revelation 21:8

          Unbelieving. Revelation 21:8

          Murderers. Revelation 21:8; 22:15

          Whoremongers. Revelation 21:8; 22:15

          Sorcerers. Revelation 21:8

          Idolaters. Revelation 21:8; 22:15

          Liars. Revelation 21:8; 22:15

          Dogs. Revelation 22:15 See Dog.

          Raised up altars to heathen gods. II Chronicles 33:3

          Worshipped the hosts of heaven. II Chronicles 33:3

Raised up altars to heathen gods in the temple of the Lord. II Chronicles 33:4

          Cause children to be passed through the fire. II Chronicles 33:6

          Observed times. II Chronicles 33:6

          Used enchantments and witchcraft. II Chronicles 33:6

          Used familiar spirits. II Chronicles 33:6

          Interacted with wizards. II Chronicles 33:6

Refused to humble themselves before the prophets of God. II Chronicles 36:12,15-16

          Stiffened the neck. II Chronicles 36:13

          Hardened their hearts. II Chronicles 36:13

Followed the abominations of the heathen. II Chronicles 36:14 See Abominations.

Weeping for Tammuz. Ezekiel 8:14

Worshipping the sun with their backs to the temple of God. Ezekiel 8:16

          See Righteous Acts – list of


Sin – Servant of – “Jesus answered them, verily verily I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” John 8:34


Sin- “Rather than sin being just an outward transgression, it is a state into which every son of Adam is born.” MH 451


Sinai - mount - Mount Horeb. Exodus 3:1 & Acts 7:30-38


Sister - "Say unto wisdom thou art my sister…" Proverbs 7:4


Slumber - "This knowledge of the nearness of Christ's coming should not be allowed to lose its force, and we become careless and inattentive, and fall into slumber--into an insensibility and indifference to realities. In slumber we are in an unreal world, and not sensible of the things which are taking place around us." MA 220


Smite - "Come and let us smite him (Jeremiah) with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words." Jeremiah 18:18


Smoke – A symbol used in many ways. It can be a symbol of judgment, or God’s presence, rebellion, or incense and glory. It can be a testimony of blessing or displeasure. Smoke can testify of something happening of God or a sign of confusion and death. CO

A sign of error and confusion. Revelation 9:17-19

A sign of God’s displeasure. Deuteronomy 29:20; Psalms 74:1

A sign of God’s presence. Genesis 15:17; Exodus 19:18; 20:18 & Isaiah 6:4; DA 32 and PP 137

A sign of God’s protection by day and night after His cleansing by fire. Isaiah 4:2-6

A sign of His glory. Isaiah 6:3-4; Revelation 15:8

A sign of incense. Song of Solomon 3:6; Revelation 8:9

A sign of irritation and of disobedience and rebellion. Isaiah 65:1-5; Hosea 13:1-3; Revelation 14:8-11; CC 204

A sign of life and God will not quench that life while there is any hope of salvation. Isaiah 42:1-3; Matthew 12:20; Zechariah 3:2

Sign, or testimony, of destruction by the judgments of God. Genesis 19:28; Joshua 8:20-21; Judges 20:38-40; Psalms 37:20; Psalms 68:1-2; Isaiah 9:18-19; 14:31; 34:1-10; Joel 2:30; Acts 2:19; Revelation 14:8-11; 18:9,18; 19:1-3

See Furnace


Smoke – The dark shadow of apostasy. CC 204       


Smoke - Between the cherubim was a golden censer. And as the prayers of the saints in faith came up to Jesus, and he offered them to his Father, a sweet fragrance arose from the incense. It looked like smoke of most beautiful colors.  I SG 158


Sodom and Gomorrah – Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities near each other in the plain of Jordan. These two cities are the type of all cities in rebellion against the will of God. Sodom is the city of leadership and Gomorrah is the city of followers. Isaiah 1:9-10 These cities are referred to all through Scripture and God wants us to learn from them and not repeat their mistakes. CO


Sodom and Gomorrah were on the borders of  the Canaanites. Genesis 10:19

Sodom and Gomorrah were a well watered place – like the Garden of the Lord. Genesis 13:10

          Gospel presented to:

Abraham intercedes for them with God. Genesis 18:20-33

Sodom and Gomorrah defeated in battle and Abram comes to rescue and restore them. Genesis 14:1-12.

The two angels go to investigate the sins of Sodom and by nity with Gomorrah as well. Genesis 19

Moral description of:

God comes to investigate their cry because it has come up before God.

Sodom and Gomorrah are viewed Biblically as united with each other. Genesis 18:20

Sodom did not try to hide it’s evil but declared it openly. Isaiah 3:8-9

They are viewed as very wicked and their sin is great. Genesis 13:13; 18:20

Sins of:

Abundance of idleness. Ezekiel 16:49

Did not help the poor and needy. Ezekiel 16:49

Encourage evildoers. Jeremiah 23:14

Fullness of bread. Ezekiel 16:49

Practiced adultery. Jeremiah 23:14

Pride. Ezekiel 16:49

Sodom and Gomorrah were not ashamed of their sins and their faces proclaimed their sins, they did not attempt to hide it. Isaiah 9:8-9

The doctrine of Sodom and Gomorrah is full of bitterness and gall. Deuteronomy 32:32

Walk in lies. Jeremiah 23:14

God’s response to:

God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah when life appeared to be going on as normal, so it will be at the second coming. Luke 17:26-33

God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah after their investigative judgment. Genesis 19

God threatens Israel that He will overthrow them like Gomorrah if they do not repent. Deuteronomy 29:23

God turned Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes by eternal fire. Jude 7; II Peter 2:6

Application to others:

Babylon equated to Sodom and Gomorrah. Isaiah 13:1-22; Jeremiah 50:40

Edom compared to Sodom and Gomorrah Jeremiah 49:18

God equates Sodom and Gomorrah to rebellious Israel. Deuteronomy 32:32; Isaiah 3:8-9; Ezekiel 16:44-59

Israel is like Sodom and Gomorrah except for a remnant. Isaiah 1:9-10

Israel, in rebellion, was like Sodom and Gomorrah – their vine was as Sodom and their field like Gomorrah. Deuteronomy 32:28-32

Moab compared to Sodom and Gomorrah. Zephaniah 2:9

Sodom, Egypt, Jerusalem types of the religious experience of France during the revolution when it hated truth. Revelation 11:8

Will be more tolerable to Sodom and Gomorrah than Capernaum due to more light coming to Capernaum. Matthew 10:15; 11:23-24; Mark 6:11; Luke 10:12


Sodom – Revelation 11:8 – “The great city” is also compared, “spiritually,” to Sodom. The corruption of Sodom in breaking the law of God was especially manifested in licentiousness. And this sin was also to be a pre-eminent characteristic of the nation that should fulfill the specifications of this scripture….This prophecy has received a most exact and striking fulfillment in the history of France (during the French revolution).” GC 269


Son - foolish - "A foolish son is the heaviness of his mother." Proverbs 10:1


Sons of God – Those people who follow God by faith. CO

Those led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. Romans 8:14

As many as received Him (by faith) to them He gave power to become sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. John 1:12

God works out His good will to make people harmless and blameless – sons of God. Philippians 2:13-15

Sons of God are those who will know Jesus at His second coming. I John 3:1-2


Also called “children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” Galatians 3:26

Another way of calling these people is “Abraham’s seed” Galatians 3:27-29. A listing of these people can be found in Hebrews 11 for all of these people are followers of God by faith. CO

Sons of God are also capable of becoming unequally yoked with non-believers which will turn ones heart away from God as referenced in Genesis 6:2-4 see also Exodus 34:16; Deuteronomy 7:1-4; 17:14-17; I Kings 11:1-9; Ezra 9:1-4; Nehemiah 13:23-29; II Corinthians 6:14

Sons of God is a reference to angels at the creation and to those who come to special gatherings of God. Job 38:1-7; 1:6; 2:1; GC 518


Son of perdition- “…represents the papacy.” GC 356


Son - wise - "Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father." Proverbs 28:7


Sons of Belial – “But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:” II Samuel 23:6


Sons of the prophets- “In the accomplishments of this object Samuel gathered companies of young men who were pious, intelligent, and studious. These were called the sons of the prophets.” PP 593; ED 46


Song of the Lamb – “The second theme will be the song of the Lamb, the song of grace and redemption.” TM 433


Sorcery - Sorceress - Sorcerers - "To whisper; to enchant" Strong's concordance. Displays of supernatural power given by Satan with the intent to deceive people and to encourage them to rebel against God and to participate in abominations. CO

Sorcerers in contests with God and His representatives and they always come up short - Joseph, Moses, and Daniel. Genesis 41:1-45; Exodus 7:8-14,19-22; 8:5-7,16-19; 9:11; Daniel 1:20; 2:1-28; 4:1-37; 5:1-30

Babylon trusts in wickedness and lies, and all those kinds of people who practice wickedness and lies - the sorcerers - Isaiah 47:1-15; Revelation 18:23

Sorcerers are always in conflict with God's prophets - Jeremiah 27:1-11

Sorcerers are any group of people who persecute, oppress, turn people from the truth, and do not fear God - Malachi 3:5

Sorcerers are one of the groups that will not be in the holy city of Jerusalem - Revelation 9:20-21; 21:8; 22:15


List of rogue’s gallery of sorcerers:

Elymas/Barjesus - Acts 13:4-12; AA 167-169

Simon - Acts 8:1-24

Sons of Sceva - exorcists/sorcerers - Acts 19:13-20; AA 286- 290

Damsel with the spirit of divination - Acts 16:16-40; AA 212-220

See Abominations, Prophets false, Witchcraft, and Wizards


Sorcery- “Wherever an influence is exerted to cause men to forget God, there Satan is exercising his bewitching power. All who venture into scenes of dissipation or irreligious, or seek the society of the sensualist, the skeptic, or the blasphemer, by personal intercourse or through the medium of the press, are tampering with sorcery.” Sketches from the Life of Paul 140 & MM 101-102


Sower – Matthew 13:24-30 – “He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man.” Matthew 13:37


Sow beside all waters- “To sow beside all waters’ means a continual imparting of God’s gifts.” COL 85 & Isaiah 32:20


Sow beside all waters - "To sow beside all waters means to give wherever our help is needed." ED 109


Speaking – of a nation – “The “speaking” of the nation is the action of its legislative and judicial authorities.” GC 442


Spewing out of the mouth – Revelation 3:16 – “To those who are indifferent at this time Christ’s warning is: “Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16. The figure of spewing out of his mouth means that He cannot offer up your prayers or your expression of love to God. He cannot endorse your teaching of His word or your spiritual work in anywise. He cannot present your religious exercises with the request that grace be given you.” 6T 408


Spirit – “Our personal identify is preserved in the resurrection, though not the same particles of matter or material substance as went into the grave. The wondrous works of god are a mystery to man. The spirit, the character of man, is returned to God, there to be preserved. In the resurrection every man will have his own character. God in His own time will call forth the dead, giving again the breath of life, and bidding the dry bones live. The same form will come forth, but it will be free from disease and every defect. It lives again bearing the same individuality of features, so that friend will recognize friend. There is no law of God in nature which shows that God gives back the same identical particles of matter which composed the body before death. God shall give the righteous dead a body that will please Him.” 6BC 1093, Maranatha 301


Spirit of Christ- “The spirit of unselfish love and labor for others.” COL 68


Spiritism - “…Criticism and speculation concerning the Scriptures have opened the way for spiritism and theosophy – those modernized forms of ancient heathenism – to gain a foothold even in the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ.” DA 258


Spiritual Gifts – Skills and talents given by God, sometimes naturally, sometimes supernaturally, to assist with His plans for gospel ministry. CO

          All manner of workmanship. Exodus 31:3; 35:30-31

Apostles. Ephesians 4:11; I Corinthians 12:28

          Child bearing. Genesis 18:9-15; I Samuel 1; Luke 1

          Cleansing from sin. Ezekiel 36:26; Zechariah 3:1-5

          Deliverance. Matthew 26:52-53; John 19:11

          Discernment of spirits. I Corinthians 12:10

          Embroidery. Exodus 35:35

          Evangelism. Ezekiel 36:37-38; Romans 9:25-28

          Evangelists. Ephesians 4:11

          Exhortation. Romans 12:8

          Faith. I Corinthians 12:9

          Food. Exodus 16, Number 11

          Forgiveness. Acts 5:31; Daniel 9:9

          Giving. Romans 12:8; Exodus 35:21-22, 29

          Governments. I Corinthians 12:28

Grace. Ephesians 4:7

Healing. I Corinthians 12:9,28; II Kings 5

Helping. I Corinthians 12:28

Interpretation of tongues.  I Corinthians 12:10

Knowledge. I Corinthians 12:8; Exodus 31:3

Law abiding behavior. Hebrews 10:16; Ezekiel 36:27

Mercy. Romans 12:8

Metal work. Exodus 31:4

Ministry. Romans 12:7

          Miracles. I Corinthians 12:10,28

          New heart. Ezekiel 36:26

          Pastors. Ephesians 4:11

          Perfumery. Exodus 31:6,11; 30:25,35

          Position. I Samuel 2:8; Daniel 2:21; 4:17

          Prophets. Ephesians 4:11; Numbers 11:16-17,24-29

          Repentance. Acts 5:31; Romans 2:4

          Rulers. Romans 12:8; I Corinthians 12:28

          Stone cutting. Exodus 31:5

          Strength. Judges 14:5-6,19; 15:14; 16:17

          Teachers. Ephesians 4:11; Exodus 35:34

          Tongues. I Corinthians 12:10,28; Acts 2:4-12

          Wealth. Deuteronomy 8:17-18; I Kings 3:5-13

          Weaving. Exodus 35:25,35

          Wisdom. I Corinthians 12:8; Exodus 31:3


Spiritual Gifts – rules-

All members do not have the same gifts. Romans 12:4

After love covet prophecy as a preeminent gift. I Corinthians 14:39

All gifts should be done decently and in order. I Corinthians 14:40

All gifts are to care for the body (church). I Corinthians 12:12-27

Different gifts but the same Spirit that gives them. I Corinthians 12:4

Given for the work of ministry. Ephesians 4:12

Given for the edifying of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:12

Given for unity. Ephesians 4:13

Given for maturing and Christlikeness. Ephesians 4:13

Given for perfecting the saints. Ephesians 4:13

God does not give the gifts to cause confusion. I Corinthians 14:33

Holy Spirit gives one or many gifts as He sees fit. I Corinthians 12:11