by Harley Howard

Are you a child of God, or of the devil?
Dr. Harley Howard
1st John 3:4-18

4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is
the transgression of the law.

John continues the thought that he had already began in the
previous chapters concerning the profession of one who claims
sonship to the Father, vs. one who truly is a child of God. He has
made it clear that the desire of the genuine believer, who alone is
truly looking for the coming of the Lord, will be to life of purity which
is a life that will not bring shame when the Lord comes. Look at
verse 4 again. Whosoever is committing sin, as a habit of their
lives, is one who shows contempt and violates the law of God,
because sin, which is a violation of the divine law in thought or in
act, is lawlessness.

A person who is born of God lives as a habit of their life in
obedience to God and His word. It goes logically that a person
living in sin is demonstrating that he, or she, has never been born
into the family of God. There are two words that we need to
examine briefly here in this verse. The words, sin and
transgression. The word sin, means, "to miss the mark." or it is to
wander from the law of God, violate God's law. God says that He
sets the standard and everyone has fallen short of that standard. All
have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.
Transgression, on the other hand, means, contempt and violation of
God's law, iniquity, wickedness. Both words are virtually
interchangeably in this verse.

5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and
in him is no sin.

You have absolute knowledge that Christ came as a man for the
purpose of taking away our sins, both for the point of being our
propitiation for our sins as well as removing the power of sin over
the lives of every believer. How could we or why would we want to
tolerate sin when the very purpose of His coming was to do away
with sins.

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