1 John 3:6b-9

In 1 John 3:6b-9 John continues to explain the truth that if we keep sinning, we aren’t truly Christ Followers. John’s message is plain and consistent with the rest of the Scriptures. It tells us that a life style of habitual sin is inconsistent with a life of abiding in Jesus Christ. A true Christian can only be temporarily in a life style of sin. “…but as for those who keep on sinning, they should realize this: They sin because they have never really known him or become his.” In some ways, the question is not “Do you sin or not?” We all sin. The question is, “How do you react when you sin? Do you give into the pattern of sin, and let it dominate your lifestyle? Or do you humbly confess your sin, and do battle against it with the power Jesus can give?” If we are truly Christ Followers, we will not continue in sin.

To live a lifestyle of habitual sin is to demonstrate that you have not seen Him and that you have not known Him. It is just incompatible with being a true Christ Follower. But the other side is equally as true.  If you are continually doing good, it is because you are good. “Oh, dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: if you are constantly doing what is good, it is because you are good, even as he is.” If we are made righteous by our faith in Jesus Christ, it will be seen by our righteous lives.  We can’t help but leak goodness and righteousness if Jesus is truly our Savior and Lord.

John goes further in describing the truth of who we are if we continually keep on sinning. “But if you keep on sinning, it shows that you belong to Satan, who since he first began to sin has kept steadily at it. But the Son of God came to destroy these works of the devil.” This is a classic good versus evil battle. Satan is the author of sin – he wrote the book on how to do it and continually gives us ideas and reasons as to why we should keep on sinning.  His goal is to trap us in sin and keep us at odds with God.  It is his mission on this planet.  But Jesus came for a different reason.

Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and free us from our bondage to the devil. John gave us one reason why Jesus came in 1 John 3:5 (He came to take away our sins). Now, John gives us another reason: that He might destroy the works of the devil. Something happens in us when we bring Jesus into our life.  Sin no longer is in control and we have a new opportunity to live born again.  The old is put aside and the new comes in. “The person who has been born into God’s family does not make a practice of sinning because now God’s life is in him; so he can’t keep on sinning, for this new life has been born into him and controls him—he has been born again.” Have you been born again?

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