Seven Facts of Life.
1 John 3:4-10
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
The key statement that sums this passage of truth is in verse 10, “By this it is evident who are the children of God and who are the children of the devil." People are ruled by God, the Creator of the universe, or by Satan, the rebel archangel who was cast out of the presence of God and now is called the god of this age. There is no between.
Paul makes this clear in Ephesians 2:1-3, “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience- among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”
Facts of life:
In today’s world, many claim to be Christians, but are sinning with no repentance, claiming God’s grace covers their sin. These people have a grace that condones sin. True grace forgives our sin, but moves us to obey the Lord. True grace is grace to obey.
All sinners are saved by grace, not by works. All saved people desire to obey, attempt to obey by faith and repent when they disobey. “Christians” who have no desire to obey and make no attempt to obey the Lord by faith in Jesus, need to examine themselves to see if they really are children of God (2 Corinthians 13:5). The evaluation given by John in our passage today, 1 John 3:4-10, will give any person an accurate determination if he has saving faith or mere intellectual assent that Jesus lived and died on the cross.
May you have a desire to obey Jesus.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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