1 john 3:9 explained

While the plural form "seeds," neither in Hebrew nor in Greek, would have been natural any more than in English (it is not so used in Scripture of human offspring; its plural occurrence is in 1 Sam. In the verse before 1 John 1:8-9, John writes in verse 7, "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from ALL sin." Whereas the determined sinner (the heretic in John's church, perhaps, as opposed to the orthodox Christian) belongs to the devil (1Jn 3:8), the spiritually reborn believer, being a member of God's family, cannot as a settled policy act lawlessly (cf. (1 John 3:9)  No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 48:19; Isa. 12:17; Gal. Figuratively refers to spiritual posterity (Abraham's spiritual offspring in Ro 4:13, 16,18; Ro 9:8 = "children of promise"; Heb 2:16 = "He gives help to the descendant of Abraham", Rev 12:17+ = "the rest of her children"). (2 Timothy 2:8)  Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, 1 John 3:9, NLT: "Those who have been born into God's family do not make a practice of sinning, because God's life is in them. It is worthy of note that this same verse (1 John 3:9) says that the reason one cannot persist in habitual sin is that “God’s seed abides in him.” Both “practices/makes a practice of” and “abides” are in the present tense. 37:28; Ps. It’s one thing to say that no one who is born of God practices sin, but then John goes farther and states that he is not able to sin! 2:15, John Piper - the reason the new birth inevitably changes the life of sinning, John says, is that when we are Born Again, “God’s seed” abides in us, and we “cannot keep on sinning.” That’s how real the connection between the new birth and daily physical life is. ", Daniel Akin comments on the new birth - Without the new birth it is impossible for us to live like new people. These false teachers who think they can separate who they are spiritually from who they are physically do not understand either the incarnation or regeneration. 1 John 1:9, ESV: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 17:13; Ezek. 25:5; Deut. 1 John 3:9 (1 John 5:18) 22:24, 25, RV, "seed" (AV, "issue"); John 7:42; John 8:33, 37; Acts 3:25; Rom. We may stumble, even fall on occasion, but we know "the One who is in [us] is greater than the one who is in the world" (1Jn 4:4). 1 John 3. 19: "For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do." (Acts 7:6)  "But God spoke to this effect, that his DESCENDANTS WOULD BE ALIENS IN A FOREIGN LAND, AND THAT THEY WOULD BE ENSLAVED AND MISTREATED FOR FOUR HUNDRED YEARS. I believe it's both. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. In Gal 6:15 Paul again refers to "a new creation." 30:6; Deut. These are words that should impart both comfort and humility to us. 41:8; Isa. 3:29. (1 John 3 Commentary). (Acts 13:23)  "From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, “Every one that loveth is born of God” (1 John 4:7+). Habitual actions indicate one's character. Born (begotten, father of, conceived) (1080)(gennao) figuratively refers to the spiritual new birth. incorruptible, and neither sins itself, nor encourages sin, but from above; who are quickened by the grace of God, and have 37:25; Ps. In verse 10 some people in the group were claiming they had not sinned. 24:20; Num. 2:33; 1 Ki. it refers to the seed of plants (cf. Millard, J. I. Packer, D. J. Wiseman, Regeneration - multiple articles and quotes. And the Doctrine of Perseverance. Don’t they sometimes bear oranges with seeds?” “Oh no,” he would say; “A budded tree does not produce seeded oranges.” But even as he speaks I stoop down and see a little shoot under the branches coming out of the trunk of the tree, and say, “Look, what is that shoot?” He would snip it off, or taking his knife out of his pocket would cut it away, saying, “That’s from below the graft. II. 22:51; 1 Ki. Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you–unless indeed you fail the test?" In the first part the verb "ποιεί" (pii = do/make) appears together with the noun "sin" (αμαρτίαν) (amartian), again in … Octavius Winslow - Daily Walking with God - MARCH 4. 18:50; Ps. Growing out of this, apparently, the Old Testament cultivates a sense of respect and care for seed as God-given and containing a precious, life-giving force (see Leviticus 11:37,38; 26:16; 27:30). 23:3; Isa. not the word of God, or the Gospel, though that is a seed which Last of all the woman died also. 53:10; Isa. See note on verse 8. 7:15: "That which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I." It might mean that God’s children, His “seed,” abide in Him. What John is saying is that an individual who is truly Born Again, who has God's seed, cannot continually live a lifestyle of lawlessness. 37:25; Ps. 14:22; Isa. 1 John 3:9(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. (, Exalting Jesus in 1, 2, 3 John Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary, 1 John 2:29-3:10 The Test of Righteousness, New Bible Dictionary- I. Howard Marshall, A.R. These are words that should impart both comfort and humility to us. 15:38; 2 Cor. 55:10; Isa. But then two of the Washington navel orange trees were brought to Riverside from Brazil and cultivated. Sperma - 43x in 40v - - children(7), conceive*(1), descendant(4), descendants(16), posterity(1), seed(10), seeds(4). 27:30; Num. Philo, for example, used the word both literally and metaphorically, the latter sometimes approaching our use of “germ” (as in the germ of life). 15:18; Lev. (The Letters of John by John R. W. Stott). Life. him": this furnishes out a considerable argument for the 24:20; Num. 1 John 3:6-9 New International Version (NIV) 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. Ro 8:29-30)! 22:10; Ezr. 43:5; Isa. (2Cor 5:17-note). He does not give himself over to sin "with greediness." 61:9; Isa. Sinners with God's seed, cannot continually commit sins and still claim to be born of God! 11:31; Mal. 14:20; Isa. 18:19; Num. (Mt 7:18-note), Because - Another term of explanation. John 7:42  refers to Messiah "from the descendants of David." (Romans 9:8)  That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. The meaning of 1 John 3:9—“his seed remaineth in him”—is debatable. 31:17; Ezek. (Mark 12:21)  "The second one married her, and died leaving behind no children; and the third likewise; Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in [your] moral excellence, knowledge. 18:19; Num. The final interpretation is the best option given the context. (Romans 4:13)  For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. While that may be so, John does not attribute the believer’s not sinning to the abiding life, but to the fact that he has been born of God. As well, he used sperma of the starting point of the universe. ), has the following usages, (a) agricultural and botanical, e.g., Matt. They shall be transformed into the same image, by their view of him. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in Him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. 10:15; Deut. the Vulgate Latin version there renders, "the generation of God", begotten again; and chiefly, to the Spirit of God, who is the 18:30; 2 Ki. For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. The translation reads, “Every one who has been born out of God, with the present result that he is a born-one (of God), does not habitually do sin.”, MacDonald feels that John "is contrasting the regenerate man with the unregenerate, and is speaking of constant or habitual behavior. we shall be like him, ( G) for we shall see him as he is. 20:42; 1 Sam. 61:11; Isa. The preceding behaviour of love? 28:46; Deut. The believer’s lapses into sin are like the mischances of the weather which hinder the seed’s growth. 17:13; Ezek. No man can possibly hate sin, unless he is "born of the Spirit." 9:8; Est. Q. I am puzzled. ", While believers can sin and even become ensnared at times in sin Thomas Manton warns that ""One sin let alone and allowed, is Satan's nest-egg in our hearts, that he may come thither again and lay more." temptations of Satan, the pollutions of the world, and the But it takes nine months before birth, and after that it takes years to grow to maturity. In view of all his insistence that Christians do sin, we can't take these verses to mean Christians don't sin at all. The Apostle John does not point out in this Epistle how regeneration can take place, because that he had already done in his Gospel, particularly John 1:12, 13+, and the whole of chapter 3. knowledge of the truth, or denying Christ to be the Saviour of (Matthew 22:25)  "Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother; The more general one is, that he who is born of God does not willingly sin, having "put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness," he cannot sin with the full consent and concurrence of the will. (Mark 4:31)  "It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, 23:8; Jer. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. sins of believers were not sins; for though they are pardoned and 25:13; Ps. (c) Some holiness teachers think that the verse is teaching the possibility of attaining sinless perfection. Criswell - God's seed represents the new life which results from spiritual regeneration. Doing confirms being. Please help. The seed—be it the Person of Christ, the Word of God, or both—does not allow a person to habitually, continually practice sin. 54:3; Isa. 28:46; Deut. persons cannot sin as unregenerate men do; that is, live in a Moreover, the new nature received at the new birth remains. 61:11; Isa. May it never be! Our lives show whose we are, whether we are of Christ or of Satan. Sin dwells in him, but does not govern—it has power, but does not rule—it torments, but does not reign with a continued, unbroken supremacy; in accordance with the promise, "sin shall not have dominion over you." They are not regenerated and indwelt by the Holy Spirit as indicated by their unholy lives! Browse Sermons on 1 John 3:9. 1:48; 1 Ki. 1Jn 3:4). 5:28; Num. Ryrie on cannot sin - I.e., cannot sin habitually. 4:37; Deut. 11:7; Num. Being born of God is being changed by God so that the dominion of sin is broken. 14:29; Isa. 20:7; 2 Chr. Sometimes people assume that the doctrine of the eternal security of the believer becomes a license for Christians to sin with impunity. In a figurative and spiritual sense; who are regenerated, or born Test the *spirits to see if they are true (1 John 4:1-6) v1 My friends, do not believe every *spirit. 1:16; Dan. Seed (04690)(sperma from speiro = to sow) means literal seed (source from which something is propagated) as of plants or of humans (sperm) (Mt 13:24, 27, 37f; Mk 4:31; Jn 7:42; 1 Cor 15:38; 2 Cor 9:10; Lxx - Ge 1:11, 12, 29). ", Gilbrant - The usage in Galatians 3:16,29+ is significant. 28:59; Deut. Few will question that Paul here speaks of himself as a regenerate man. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF, BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ABIDES FOREVER.” And this is the word which was preached to you. 7:12; 2 Sam. Q. Love. of 11:38; Lev. 11:7; Num. The growth of a living seed may be checked temporarily; if there be no growth, there is no life.”. How then do we understand the statement in 1John 3:9 that the one who is begotten of God "does not do sin" (lit.) expiated, and they are justified from them, yet they do not cease “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit (margin, “practice”) sin; or as W., “No one who is a child of God is habitually guilty of sin” (1 John 3:9+). It would be well translated, "No one born of God is content to keep sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot be content to keep on sinning because he is born of God." (b) Others draw a distinction between the old and new natures of the believer, and argue that the new nature is incapable of sinning. 2:33; 1 Ki. Wuest - Is born is a perfect participle in the Greek text, speaking of the past completed act of regeneration, namely, the impartation of the divine nature (2Pet 1:4-note) or divine life, and the present result, the fact that the person who has been made the recipient of divine life is by nature, and that permanently, a spiritually alive individual. He is explaining why a believer cannot life a life of sin and lawlessness. This is contrary to both John and the rest of the NT. (2) John’s main concern is not to delve into some deep theological discourse, but rather to be pastorally practical. 34:4; Jos. This new standing is called “justification.” It never changes and is never lost. We are destined to be like Jesus (1Jn 3:2; cf. This new position is called “sanctification,” and it has a way of changing from day to day. Something of the father is in the child and it makes him like his father. desire the sincere milk of the word, for their nourishment and 2:31; 1 Sam. 20:42; 1 Sam. John 1:13; 2Peter 1:4-note). 2:43; Dan. So am I. Not practicing sin is the evidence and confirmation of being born again. 14:24; Num. The "old" nature may continue to sin but the "new" cannot. 14:24; Num. 126:6; Prov. However, as a result of the new birth, the Bible says we cannot make "a practice of sinning" and we "cannot keep on sinning because [we have] been born of God" (1Jn 3:9ESV). If you like it in the mud and don’t want to get out, you may need to ask whether you truly have been born of God. The Christian, so they say, cannot commit such deliberate sin in the face of the Lord. (Exalting Jesus in 1, 2, 3 John Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary), John Piper - The practice of sin is the evidence and confirmation that one is not born of God. 43:5; Isa. The answer one gives to this question significantly reflects how one conceives of the motivation of love in 1 Peter. (Romans 9:7)  nor are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants, but: "THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED." He hates it; he is like a sheep that may fall into the mire, but he will not wallow in it, as the swine do. 9:1; Dan. 3:16, 19, 29; in the 16th ver., "He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ," quoted from the Sept. of Gen. 13:15; Gen. 17:7, 8, there is especial stress on the word "seed," as referring to an individual (here, Christ) in fulfillment of the promises to Abraham, a unique use of the singular. When I think of regeneration, I think of the imparting of a new nature through the power of the Holy Spirit in which the whole direction of my life is changed. What of David? Do Christians sin? 1:4; Isa. 21:15; Lev. 7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. 33:2; Isa. On some days we are much. 54:3; Isa. These words also humble us because if it were not for Christ, His atonement, His advocacy, and His victory, we would forever be enslaved to Satan and sin. not that it is impossible for such a man to do acts of sin, or not free from sin, neither from the being nor actings of it; sin 11:18; Eccl. This is not an excuse to wantonly commit sins. 112:2; Ps. 8:15, of crops), yet if the Divine intention had been to refer to Abraham's natural descendants, another word could have been chosen in the plural, such as "children;" all such words were, however, set aside, "seed" being selected as one that could be used in the singular, with the purpose of showing that the "seed" was Messiah. Feb 15, 2012. 31:21; Deut. His new nature gives him new desires. 25:25; 1 Chr. LIKE FRUIT TREES BEARING FRUIT Satan will have his way with us. 5:13; Num. David Allen on the meaning of seed - There are four possibilities. 45:19; Isa. 21:10; Ps. Christ formed in them; who are made partakers of the divine The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 says…, Regeneration (Ed: Greek word study - paliggenesia = literally a birth again), or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. 89:29; Ps. 11:6; Isa. When you do fall into sin, you will recognize that you cannot go on in it. Bauer). Satan will have his way with us. 7:61; Neh. 2:35; 1 Ki. 2:20; 1 Sam. 2:43; Dan. 1:8; Deut. He is not without the motions of sin within, nor free from thoughts, words and deeds of sin in his life, but he does not give himself up to sin, excuse it, nor continue in it as a servant of sin. (7) Others say that the sin of which John speaks in 1John 3:9 is willful and deliberate sin. As well, he used sperma of the starting point of the universe. (John 7:42)  "Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?" The new life God gave that person stays in Him. Now we need to pause right there and say that it would be very easy to read this passage and think that John is teaching something like sinless perfection or that you must be perfect in order to be a Christian, and John is teaching neither. Those who are born of God through Christ the Son will never revert back to the old man. It's like a birth; something new has come into existence. Scripture: 1 John 3:16. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior. 17:5; Ezek. 1. We are saved and secure in Christ. It takes time, cultivation, water, and sunshine. The one who goes on doing sin (in other words, lives in sin), has never become a child of God. Believers. Any righteousness we do flows from the righteousness of Christ poured into our lives by means of the new birth. How then does it have tares?' ( H) 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, ( I) just as he is pure. though it is as yet an imperfect work, it is not impure: the 7:12; 2 Sam. 35:7; Jer. Paul calls it a new creation (Ephesians 2:10; Eph 4:24). The noun sperma means “seed”; see the related verb speirō (4540), “to sow.” In classical Greek sperma can refer to the seed of plants or animals, to the basic element of anything, to one’s immediate children or further progeny, and to anything that has life-giving force (Schulz, “sperma,” Kittel, 7:536f.). 1 John 3:9 doth not commit sin; Gen. 1:11; Gen. 1:12; Gen. 1:29; Gen. 3:15; Gen. 4:25; Gen. 7:3; Gen. 8:22; Gen. 9:9; Gen. 12:7; Gen. 13:15; Gen. 13:16; Gen. 15:3; Gen. 15:5; Gen. 15:13; Gen. 15:18; Gen. 16:10; Gen. 17:7; Gen. 17:8; Gen. 17:9; Gen. 17:10; Gen. 17:12; Gen. 17:19; Gen. 19:32; Gen. 19:34; Gen. 21:12; Gen. 21:13; Gen. 21:23; Gen. 22:17; Gen. 22:18; Gen. 24:7; Gen. 24:60; Gen. 26:3; Gen. 26:4; Gen. 26:24; Gen. 28:4; Gen. 28:13; Gen. 28:14; Gen. 32:12; Gen. 35:12; Gen. 38:8; Gen. 38:9; Gen. 46:6; Gen. 46:7; Gen. 47:19; Gen. 47:23; Gen. 47:24; Gen. 48:4; Gen. 48:11; Gen. 48:19; Exod. 22:23; Ps. 66:22; Jer. 37:28; Ps. However, as a result of the new birth, the Bible says we cannot make "a practice of sinning" and we "cannot keep on sinning because [we have] been born of God" (1Jn 3:9ESV). 6:1 hamartiai… in contrast with hamartesomen in Ro. 16:31; Exod. 22:13; Lev. 2:16; Heb. The sons of God must walk by faith, and live by hope. The believer’s lapses into sin are like the mischances of the weather which hinder the seed’s growth. Then, in Gal 3:29+, he affirmed that all who are in Christ are therefore Abraham’s “seed.” (Compare Ps 22:30 where sperma identifies the spiritual “progeny” of the Messiah. He does not want his flock to be deceived by the heretics, whose errors lie behind the apostle’s words. He is talking about a whole person sinning, not just his nature. What is the meaning of spiritual rebirth? 48:14; Isa. Indeed, John's description conveys the picture of the permanence of our new birth, a regeneration which cannot be reversed. (Romans 11:1)  I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? His point is that those who are truly born of God practice righteousness; those who are of the devil (the only other category) do not practice righteousness. This is to say, one of the clearest proofs of the new birth is to be found in the fact that a new life is begun. To do that, he again paints in black and white, with no gray areas. He has not the principle of life in Christ in him. And so you do whose you are as well. (Hebrews 11:18)  it was he to whom it was said, "IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED." (Romans 4:18)  In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, "SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE." We reply, not the renewed will. up and gradually increases, and always abides; and is pure and 1:11; 1 Sam. I will address this view in great detail when we come to 1John 5:16. (Bible Exposition Commentary) (ED: See The Unusual Teachings of Zane Hodges). It is impossible for a normal child not to grow. - Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 16:13; 1 Chr. He does deny, however, that the Christian sins persistently, habitually as a reflection of the characteristic inclination of his soul. If God has imparted new life to you, so that you have become His child, you cannot go on living in sin. 1 John /. Personal holiness. But how do we isolate a "nature" from the "individual" himself/herself? 22:13; Lev. Sperma in the NT 43x in 40 verses - children(7), conceive*(1), descendant(4), descendants(16), posterity(1), seed(10), seeds(4). The perfect tense speaks of the complete and final and forever nature (eternal security) of our new birth! 7:15; Jer. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God. How can you keep the old nature from producing sin? 105:6; Ps. What is regeneration according to the Bible? 89:4; Ps. Wuest - Everyone who has been born out of God, with the present result that he is a born-one (of God), does not habitually do sin, because His seed remains in him. be rooted out; where it powerfully teaches to avoid sin, is an When one is abiding in Christ he cannot sin. 31:27; Jer. fatherly way takes notice of, and chastises for, and on the owing to men, to the power and will of men, but to the grace of 24:7; Num. 20:2; Lev. It is the abiding influence of his seed within everyone who is born of God, which enables John to affirm without fear of contradiction that he cannot go on living in sin… Indeed, if he should thus continue in sin, it would indicate that he has never been born again" (127). are not to be understood in the sense of those who plead for nature, and new creatures in Christ; which spiritual birth is not John uses this image of a planted seed to picture the divine element involved in being born again. 106:27; Ps. course of his life; he does not live and walk in sin, or give up 1John 3:9 proves that sinlessness is attainable in this life. attended with more aggravated circumstances, and which God in a (2Peter 1:4-5-note), Seed (04690)(sperma) refers to seed sown as containing the germ of new fruit, originally used of plants as seed (Mt 13:24, 27, 32, 37, 38; Mk 4:31; 1Co 15:38; 2Co 9:10 Ge 1:11; 47:23) In other contexts sperma refers to descendents. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life. That's why he cannot sin. 9:8; Est. 31:21; Deut. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. 28:43; Exod. ", Henry Mahan - He that is regenerated by the Spirit of God, in whom Christ is formed, who is a new creature in Christ, does not make sin his practice and course of his life. 25:13; Ps. Weiss believes it is the Word of God (cf. It exerts a strong internal pressure towards holiness. 8:15; 1 Sam. Abides (3306)(meno) in simple terms means to remain in the same place or position over a period of time. Romans 9:29 (quoting Isaiah 1:9) describes survivors from which grow a new nation. We know both from John’s own writings (1-3 John; Rev. But he would cut under the bark of the lopped trees, and put in the navel orange cuttings, and in a couple of years all those trees would have new branches and would be loaded with oranges. and mortify the deeds of the body, and live: but rather the grace So am I. he regenerates his people; and which having a place in their in the believer, which renders continuance in sin incongruous” (Demarest, “Seed,” Colin Brown, 2:524). The child of God stands eternally related to Christ. (New Bible Dictionary- I. Howard Marshall, A.R. So am I. 19-23, see sow, as in the RV); 1 Cor. Which is quite a difficult passage. and in fact "is not able to sin"? 17:11; 2 Chr. 2. 20:4; Lev. 11:14; 1 Ki. Churlishness of Diotrephes. commit it as to be the servant of it, a slave unto it, or to 11:37; Lev. after divine and spiritual things, and have their senses to John MacArthur explains that "The New Birth involves the acquisition of a seed, which refers to the principle of God’s life imparted to the believer at salvation’s New Birth. Here are some principles to guide us. 46:27; Jer. Even you need to be warned against the world’s evil temper of dislike and envy. 2Cor. 17:10; Isa. The most obvious reason (even if you don't know Greek) we know John isn't teaching sinless perfection is what he says in 1Jn 1:8 and 1Jn 1:10, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us … if we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." So he is not able to go on sinning, because he has become a child of God. One cannot be dogmatic but here are several possibilities - (1) Christ, (2) the Gospel message (1Jn 2:24-note), (3) the anointing, i.e., the Holy Spirit (1Jn 2:27-note), (4) God Himself (1Jn 3:24; 1Jn 4:12,15,16), (5) the new nature imparted through regeneration (Titus 3:5-6-note, 2Pe 1:4-note), etc. 17:20; 2 Ki. Overcomes. Note that in 1John 3:9a he says the one begotten of God "does not do sin." He does not defiantly continue in sin. a. (1) we must assume that John did not contradict himself or any other New Testament writer. 22:30; Jer. Jeremiah calls it a new heart (Jer 24:7). I might say to the owner, “What kind of oranges are these?” “Washington navel oranges,” he would reply. Mt 13:24, 27, 32, 37 38; 22:24f; Mk 4:31; 12:19, 20, 21; Lk 1:55; 20:28; Jn 7:42; 8:33, 37; Acts 3:25; 7:5f; 13:23; Ro 1:3; 4:13, 16, 18; 9:7f, 29; 11:1; 1Co 15:38; 2Co 11:22; Gal 3:16, 19, 29; 2Ti 2:8; Heb 2:16; 11:11, 18; 1Jn 3:9; Rev 12:17. 27:30; Num. discern them; they see, hear, feel, taste, and savour them; and In John 8:33, sperma refers to Jews who professed belief in Messiah but were not truly saved claiming to Jesus "We are Abraham's descendants." opposes, checks, and prevents it: and he cannot sin; Neither sin nor Satan will have the last word. (Mark 12:20)  "There were seven brothers; and the first took a wife, and died leaving no children. (Bolding added) (1 John 2:29-3:10 The Test of Righteousness). We have our imperfections and infirmities over which we mourn; but no child of God can live in sin, and love it. 11:9; Deut. 37:26; Ps. meaning regeneration, or that which is born of God, "preserveth 28:59; Deut. Manton added that "Faith makes us hate sin." Clearly, he is explaining what a believer cannot habitually practice sin, not because they have an inherent ability of their own, but because they have been born of God's seed and have His indwelling Spirit Who is continually working in them giving them the desire and the power to work out their salvation in fear and trembling, walking in a manner worthy of the Lord to please Him in all respects. 15:16; Lev. does not make it his trade and business; it is not the constant This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. John Stott - In this whole section John is arguing rather the incongruity than the impossibility of sin in the Christian. 65:9; Isa. 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