While growing up, I read this Scripture and I immediately felt discouraged; 1John 3:9:
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
So I thought that every time I sinned, it means I truly wasn’t in Christ since those in Christ CANNOT sin. I must have answered several altar calls because of this Scripture.
But when light comes, darkness has no choice but to flee. Let’s read it again in AMP version:
“No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God.”
Aha! So there’s habitual sin; deliberately practising sin and that’s what that Scripture is referring to. Now, 1John 1:9 (AMP) makes sense:
“If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].”
We’d talk about that word “continuously” in another post. Have a blessed Sunday.
Food for thought:
Does this then give us liberty to sin endlessly? Definitely not. 1John 2:1 reads “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”