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Summary: Christians sin, but cannot continue in sin. Why and what it means is covered by John in this passage.

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Sin and the Christian

1 John 3:1-9

When I worked for a huge family distribution business, several of us used to meet for lunch and play cards. We had to take an hour lunch and had nothing else to do. Of course, discussions normally ran all across the board, from sports, to politics, to religion, to families, money and a lot of silly stuff.

One day, a friend of mine name Russell was mad and frustrated about his job. He said, “We ought to go out there in the warehouse, fake an injury and sue this family so we don’t have to work the rest of our lives.”

I know he was kidding, or at least I assumed it. I responded with proper “one-up-manship”. “You might sue them and win, but I am holding out for adoption.”

I mean, what if you were adopted by the wealthiest man in the world? Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Mexican telecommunication magnate Carlos Slim are listed by Forbes as the three wealthiest persons on the planet, as best they can tell.

To be in one of these men’s will would be a dream for most people. But what about being an heir to the creator and owner of the universe? That is probably the overwhelming thought John had mid-letter in writing to these Christians of what is probably Western Turkey today. Being more than part of a will, since God will never die, we are promised something more living and real.

Joh 16:15 "All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you."

A new definition of a living will: The living Father gives all to His Son, and His Son shares all with us!

John has already told us that we cannot live above sin; that we would sin. He has shared that we need to confess our sins for complete restoration and fellowship with God. He has said that the mark of a Christian is the desire and power to do righteousness, both of which are absent from someone not possessing the Spirit of Christ. He said, those who have this salvation will love God and demonstrate love to others. He told us how to expect temptation, either in what we want to satisfy our cravings, satisfy our pride or desire to own. He told us how to recognize error. He encouraged us to live like His children and let Him live through us.

Then the original languages begin with a word that is not easily translated into English.

1Jn 3:1 "See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him."

The NIV and ESV attempted to capture the wonder of the word without trying to weaken its meaning.

The King James begins with “Behold”. Not a word we used every day. “Eido” means to look upon with amazement, to capture the wonder of something.

We have to realize that John did not write in Chapters and Verses. He wrote in prose with paragraphs. When he said, 1Jn 2:29 “If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.”


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