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Summary: If we live for God, we strive for righteous things that are His; but if we live for the devil, we strive for unholy things that are his. Our choice is simple, we must choose to live for God!

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Don’t be led astray

1 John Bible Study, Part 7

1 John 3:3-10

Introduction

- John refers to the world suddenly not knowing who we are anymore (v1-3)

-- Well, this is actually NOT the first time that this happened in scripture

-- John 1:10-11, “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”

- The word know/recognize is really the word “dechomai”; means to receive

-- Why is this important? They didn’t recognize because they didn’t accept Him

-- Therefore, if they reject Him, why would they not reject … HIS CHILDREN!

- In the midst of John’s praise of God, he gives us a morsel to really chew on

-- We are children of God; even though we do not know everything about God

- “But we know that when Christ appears …” when He appears we will know

- Read 1 John 3:1-10 / Pray

∆ Point 1 – Our hope is Christ

- Our only hope in life that we strive to be pure, just as Christ is

-- John’s words of encouragement lead us to self-examination as well as hope

-- We have hope in Christ, that He is all that we ever need, so our focus is Him

- John then continues with these short statements he has been making (v4)

-- Breaking the Law is sin, period. There is no way around this.

-- Re: The word sin in Greek is the word “hamartia”

-- It is an archery word which means to shoot at a target and miss

- Sin leads us down roads that we never intended, but nevertheless we are there

-- There is no “good for everything” biblical definition for sin

- Proverbs 24:9, “The schemes of folly are sin”

- Romans 14:23, “everything that does not come from faith is sin”

- 1 John 5:17, “All wrongdoing is sin”

- What John says is that ALL sin is lawlessness; it is against God

-- Sin is the willful opposition to what God has decreed is good, or right

- Paul acknowledges this also in 2 Thess 2:3-4, “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”

- Sin has to be dealt with in our lives, regardless of how old we are

-- This is why v5 is so pivotal … “you know that He appeared … take away sin”

-- In Christ, there is no sin – He is perfect and Holy; it’s Him we must follow

- Now, look at v6 … “no one who lives in Him keeps on sinning”

-- And he adds: “No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him”

-- APP: This normally causes alarm to the Biblical reader, doesn’t it?

- Important note: I found MANY commentaries about what this section means

-- Many authors have taken cracks at it and many come to different conclusions


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