DO BELIEVERS SIN?
( 1 JOHN 3:9) says- " WHOSOVER IS BORN OF GOD DOTH NOT COMMIT SIN; FOR HIS SEED REMAINETH IN him: AND he CANNOT COMMIT SIN; FOR HIS SEED REMAINETH IN him: AND he CANNOT SIN , BECAUSE he IS BORN OF GOD".
" WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD" -- This is the new birth for the true believers. This is what the Lord Jesus spoke of when He said to a religious ruler, Nicodemus - " MARVEL NOT THAT I SAID UNTO THEE, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN" (John 3:7).
" WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD DO NOT COMMIT SIN". A child of God is given a new nature, and that new nature does not and will not commit sin. The reason that the prodigal son could not stay in the pig pen is that he was not a pig. He was a son of the father, and he long for the father's house. If you are a child of God , you will want to be in the father's house, and you will long for it.
"WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD DO NOT COMMIT SIN"- Unfortunately, this gives a wrong impression here. The idea is not just one act of sin; the idea is that he does not live in sin. John had said earlier in (1 John 2:1b), IF ANY MAN ( ANY CHRISTIAN MAN ) SIN , WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER, JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS"- THE BELIEVER WILL SIN.
HOWEVER, JOHN MAKES IT VERY CLEAR THAT IT IS GOD'S WILL THAT WE LIVE WITHOUT SIN: " MY LITTLE CHILDREN, THESE THINGS WRITE I UNTO YOU, THAT YE SIN NOT" ( 1 JOHN 2:1a). SIN IS ANYTHING CONTRARY TO THE WILL OF GOD, BUT WHEN SIN COMES UNTO OUR LIVES, JOHN SAYS THAT WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER, AND " IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS, AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS" (1 JOHN 1:9). AGAIN, JOHN IS TALKING TO BELIEVERS, AND HE IS SAYING THAT BELIEVERS WILL SIN. THEREFORE, WHEN JOHN SAYS, WHOSOEVER BORN OF GOD DO NOT COMMIT SIN ", HE IS SAYING THAT THE NEW NATURE WILL NOT CONTINUE TO LIVE IN A PIG PEN. HE WILL NOT CONTINUE TO SIN.
"FOR HIS SEED REMAINETH IN him". IF YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD, YOU HAVE A DIVINE NATURE. " AND HE CANNOT SIN " WHY? BECAUSE "HE IS BORN OF GOD". JOHN IS TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IS REAL AND GENUINE. He is not talking about some little profession which you made when you went down to the front of a church and shed a few tears. THE QUESTION IS : HAVE YOU BEEN BORN OF GOD? I BELIEVE IN THE SECURITY OF THE BELIEVERS, BUT I ALSO BELIEVE IN THE INSECURITY OF MAKE- BELIEVERS. IT IS WELL FOR US TO TAKE AN INVENTORY AND TO LOOK AT OUR LIVES. WE MUST EXAMINE OURSELVES AND SEE WHETHER WE ARE IN THE FAITH OR NOT. ARE YOU REALLY A CHILD OF GOD? DO YOU LONG AFTER THE THINGS OF GOD? DO YOU LOVE GOD? THAT IS THE IMPORTANT THING.
WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD DOES NOT PRACTICE SIN. HE DOES NOT GO ON IN SIN. WHEN WE RECEIVE A NEW NATURE, WE DID NOT LOSE OUR OLD NATURE-THAT IS THE PROBLEM. NO WONDER PAUL CRIED OUT, " O WRETCHED MAN THAT I AM ! WHO SHALL DELIVER ME FROM THE BODY OF THIS DEATH? " ( ROM. 7:24) ".
ONLY THE SPIRIT OF GOD CAN DELIVER YOU. IF YOU RECOGNIZE THAT YOU ARE HELPLESS AND HOPELESS, IF SOME SIN BINDS YOU DOWN ,SPOILS YOUR LIFE, ROBS YOU OF YOUR JOY, AND YOU ARE MISERABLE, GOD CAN AND HE WILL DELIVER YOU - IF YOU WANT TO BE DELIVERED. IF YOU WANT TO GET RID OF THAT SIN, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO SERVE HIM, IF YOU MEAN BUSINESS WITH HIM, HE MEANS BUSINESS WITH YOU .
" FOR HIS SEED REMAINTH IN him: AND he CAN NOT SIN, BECAUSE he IS BORN OF GOD".
Written by Osmundo S. Sabado
Edited by Orman L. Sabado