THE RESULT OF ABIDING

“Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.”          1 John 3:6 NKJV

 

“Abides” is John’s word for fellowship, but we need to understand that in his mind, every Christian abides in Christ. The idea that there are two types of Christians, those who abide in Him and do not sin, and those who do not abide and do sin, was foreign to the apostle’s thinking. The word “abide” in the verse for today is parallel to “is born of God”. This is further evident by the fact that John adds the words, “no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.” The false teachers claimed to have special revelation or knowledge of Christ. John says that their sinful lives betrayed them. His point is that anyone that knows Jesus Christ as the holy, sinless Saviour, who came to offer Himself on the cross to forgive our sins, does not live in sin. If someone lives in sin, it shows that they have not seen Jesus as He revealed Himself and does not know Him as Saviour. John is not talking about sinless perfection, but rather about the direction of the life of a believer. A pig and a sheep may fall into the same mud hole, but there is a difference. The pig will love it and wallow in it because that is its nature. The sheep will want to get out and avoid that mud hole the next time because it has a different nature. If God’s seed abides in us, we cannot wallow in the mud. If we like it in the mud and don’t want to get out, we may need to ask whether we truly have been born of God.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, as we abide in You, thank You that we cannot continue living in sin.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, thank You, that as we abide in You, we cannot continue living in sin. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Chronicles 25:1-8

 

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