Because they were under attack by the enemy, just as we are today, tempted by the enemy who preys on our sinful nature, John’s audience would now be blessed with biblical instruction regarding both sin and righteousness.
“4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4)
The word teaches us that God created man, then blessed him with free will. We all know right from wrong. Choosing to do wrong over right is sin, a transgression against God, and His commands found in the old law, the Mosaic Law, and the new law of love revealed in the death and resurrection of the Christ.
“5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.” (1 John 3:5)
Christ came to live and die a perfect life not only to take away our sin, but also to put out our desire to sin.
Because all sins are punished, either on the cross through the sacrifice of Jesus, or on the cross and also in our lives, sin has no place in the life of believers. Through Christ, those in Him strive from His righteousness, and sin has no hold on us.
“6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.” (1 John 3:6)
John warns us about sin, that God does not dwell nor reward it. Anyone involved in sin grieves the Holy Spirit and distances himself or herself from Yahweh, our divine Father and almighty Creator.
“7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:7-8)
John points out those who walk in Christ’ footsteps, striving from His righteousness will be themselves blessed with the righteousness and love of God. It is through Christ believers are made perfect, not of any works or deeds.
“9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9)
By the Holy Spirit, those in Christ are empowered to resist temptation as believers cannot sin without dishonoring our Father. Through daily sacrifice, prayer, worship, fellowship and the word of God, we will continue to battle sin for His glory! Let us pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant John,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre