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Bible Notes

1 John 3:4-6 (17.11.21)

1 John 3:4-6
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.

It would be easy to end up condemning ourselves with these verses. Am I sinless, certainly not! Does this mean then that I am not really in Christ? That I am not a true Christian or child of God? Key here, however, is the subtle difference in John’s description between Jesus in whom there is no sin, and his followers who do not keep on sinning, or do not continue to sin. We will not be sinless until we see him face to face and are transformed as we thought about yesterday. Until then the Spirit is at work transforming us, and we try our best to live good lives as our worship to him, but we are not perfect and will mess up from time to time. The important thing is not to stay there, but with God’s forgiveness and the Spirit’s help pick ourselves up and try again.

Spirit, help me to have a life that is Christ-facing, trending towards him.

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