THE ONE WHO SINS

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.”                  1 John 3:8 NKJV

 

John says, “The one who practises sin is of the devil.” John divides all people into two camps: those who practise righteousness and those who practise sin. There is no third camp for those who do not believe in Jesus, but are decent, good people who never hurt anyone. You may protest, “Surely, my grandmother who was sweet towards everyone and who believed in the basic goodness of human nature was not of the devil!” The key to understanding John’s meaning here lies in his next phrase, “for the devil sinned from the beginning.” This points us back to the original fall of Satan. God created Satan and all the angels as good, but Satan sinned against God and led a rebellion of other angels who became demons. Most scholars believe that Isaiah 14:12-14, which on one level describes a taunt against the king of Babylon (Isaiah 14:4), is also a description of Satan’s fall. In this passage of Isaiah 14, five times the devil said, “I will” in opposition to God. He was not content with where God had created him. He wanted his own way. The sinner says, “I will! I want my way! I will not submit to God.” Whenever a person acts in line with their own will, without submitting to God’s will, they are committing the original sin of the devil. Any action that originates in the human will that is not in submission to God is devilish, even if outwardly it is a nice, humanitarian, seemingly “good” action.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, I want my will to be Your will in every part of my life.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord Jesus, by the power and ministry of Your Holy Spirit in my life, may my will always be submitted to You will in every area of my life. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Chronicles 29:1-9

 

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