Summary: There were two main purposes for the incarnation and life of Christ.
Why Did Jesus Come?
1 ¶ How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.
4 ¶ Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No-one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No-one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9 No-one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. 1 Jn. 3:1-10 (NIV)
Running commentary on 1 John 3:1-3
1. Alien love (v. 1)
2. Called son’s of God (v. 1)
3. Our present possession (v. 1)
4. Our future hope. (v. 2)
5. Our continual cleansing (v. 3)
There were two reasons Jesus was manifested in this text.
1- Jesus Was Manifested To Take Away Sin. (v. 4-5)
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Lk. 19:10).
1- John’s famous words agree (Jn. 3:16-17).
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
2- Paul emphasizes this truth
“…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst.” (1 Tim. 1:15).
3- He actually bore or carried them
27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Heb. 9:27-28
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Pet. 2:24
4- There is no need for your sin to remain!!!
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
12 ¶ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Rom. 10:9-13 (NIV)
5- Continuing in sin proves that there is no relationship with salvation. (v. 6-7, 9-10)
2- Jesus Was Manifested To Destroy the Works of the Devil. (v. 8)
1- What are the works of the Devil?
1. He had the power of life and death until Jesus came (Heb. 2:14)
2. He causes oppressive fear in mens lives (Heb. 2:15)
3. He is an interdenominational religious leader (2 Cor. 11:14-15)
4. He causes sickness and oppression (Lk. 13:10-16, Acts 10:38)
5. He provokes men to sin (1 Chr. 21:1)
6. He takes advantage of adversities (2 Cor. 2:11)
7. He steals the Word out of the minds of men (Mt. 13:19)
8. He sets traps for men to fall into (1 Tim. 3:7, 2 Tim. 2:26)
2- Did Jesus succeed in destroying Satan’s works? (Heb 2:14-15,Rev 1:18, Col 2:15)
3- That power has been given to believers (1 Jn. 4:4, Mk. 16:17, Mt. 28:20)