The one who is born of God does not sin

This article had some great points of clarify on a difficult book of the Bible to understand. 1 John. I would like to reemphasize one of his points.

1 John 3:9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.

1 John was largely written to refute gnosticism. There is much material to cover in what the gnostics believed but I will try to re-explain it in simpler language.

Essentially the gnostics believed that God was not completely good but also had some evil in Him. Thus they believed that a person who was perfectly obeying God and following the Holy Spirit would have sin in their life. Not because man was evil but because a God who was partially evil lead him to do it. Here John is not saying that a christian cannot sin or won’t sin in the future, rather he is saying that God’s Spirit will never lead a person into sin. If you were able to obey God perfectly and follow him without fault you would never sin.

That’s also why it says

1 John 1:5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.


One thought on “The one who is born of God does not sin

  1. Jon Paul,

    Me again. Thank you for sharing this post as well 🙂

    1 John is one of my absolute favorite books of the Bible. I never quite understood why John opens up with the statement about God being light (although I thought it was a great truth). It make a whole lot of sense now that I realize the gnostics believed God did have a dark side.

    Chapters 2 and 3 talk about how it is possible to walk like Jesus by abiding in Him, which will never lead us to sin. I think this is very relevant now days because there is so much mixed messages about who God is and what is right vs wrong. The righteous seed within us will never produce sin, but if allowed to grow, will produce what Paul called “the fruits of righteousness” (see Phil 1:9-11).

    One more thing… Throughout 1 John, He frequently makes it clear that a born again believer (gnostics did not believe in a new birth) will not simply be known for what they do not do (not sinning) but they will be known for love, which gets produced by God’s seed in us.

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