1 John 3
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1 John 3:1-3
- According to this passage, who are we now, and what will be become?
- How would the identity of a child of God impact a Christian’s relationships and values?1 John 3:3-10
“John has already repudiated the doctrine of sinless perfection (1:8, 10)
1 John 1:8, 10
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. …10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
and we must not interpret these words in such a way as to contradict those. But we must see that sin and the Christian are radically opposed. ‘John is arguing rather the incongruity than the impossibility of sin in the Christian’ (J. R. W. Stott, The Letters of John, TNTC [IVP, 1988], p. 131.”
- In light of our current identity and future destiny, why does it make sense that a Christian would not “make a practice of sinning” (vv.4, 8, 9)? Morris, L. L. (1994). 1 John. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 1404). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.