1 John Chapter 3


SIN, n.
  1. The voluntary departure of a moral agent from a known rule of rectitude or duty, prescribed by God; any voluntary transgression of the divine law, or violation of a divine command; a wicked act; iniquity. Sin is either a positive act in which a known divine law is violated, or it is the voluntary neglect to obey a positive divine command, or a rule of duty clearly implied in such command. Sin comprehends not action only, but neglect of known duty, all evil thoughts purposes, words and desires, whatever is contrary to God's commands or law. 1 John 3. Mat 15. James 4. Sinners neither enjoy the pleasures of nor the peace of piety. Among divines, sin is original or actual. Actual sin, above defined, is the act of a moral agent in violating a known rule of duty. Original sin, as generally understood, is native depravity of heart to the divine will, that corruption of nature of deterioration of the moral character of man, which is supposed to be the effect of Adam's apostasy; and which manifests itself in moral agents by positive act of disobedience to the divine will, or by the voluntary neglect to comply with the express commands of God, which require that we should love God with all the heart and soul and strength and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves. This native depravity or alienation of affections from God and his law, is supposed to be what the apostle calls the carnal mind or mindedness, which is enmity against God, and is therefore denominated sin or sinfulness. Unpardonable sin, or blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, is supposed to be a malicious and obstinate rejection of Christ and the gospel plan of salvation, or a contemptuous resistance made to the influences and convictions of the Holy Spirit. Mat 12.
  2. A sin-offering; an offering made to atone for sin. He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. 2 Cor 5.
  3. A man enormously wicked. [Not in use.]
  4. Sin differs from crime, not in nature, but in application. That which is a crime against society, is sin against God.
SIN, v.i.
  1. To depart voluntarily from the path of duty prescribed by God man; to violate the divine law in any particular, by actual transgression or by the neglect or non-observance of its injunctions; to violate any known rule of duty. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Rom 3. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned. Psa 51.
  2. To offend against right, against men or society; to trespass. I an a man more sinn'd against than sinning. And who but wishes to invert the laws of order, sins against the' eternal cause.

The immediate, the entire, the historical and the cultural context of any verse determines the meaning of that verse. That said, to say "whosoever committeth sin" it means a willful act of disobedience against God, no matter who does it. And it means a lifestyle of consequences for it, and a life seen before the world as phoniness, hypocrisy, which affects how they view God. We cannot lose our salvation, because it is a gift bestowed and unearned, therefore this speaking about sin is not about being saved or not, but a holy and righteous life lived on earth before men as a testimony. A persons saved is saved forever and can NOT sin in God's eyes only, because he is declared righteous, and that because of the life, death, burial and resurrection of the LORD Jesus Christ, if they choose to believe. A lost person cannot stop sinning, neither get rid of his sin nature, nor be declared righteous before God, no matter how "good" they are, appear, or think that they are-even if they choose to "clean up their act", simply because they cannot be declared righteous before God without Jesus Christ as the Mediator, no matter what they do, no matter how holy they appear before mankind. This is because they are unrighteous and have no substitute to pay for their sins and sin nature. Let us never confuse the two.

(Ezekiel 18:4)
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

(Ezekiel 18:20)
The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

(1 John 3:1)
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
  • This love and adoption as sons is bestowed on us, not earned
  • This is the same thing that John said in John 1:12
  • The world does not and cannot know us, precisely because it did not know Jesus Christ either
  • The world likes to say that we are all children of God, but we are only all creations of God. Only believers in Jesus Christ are His children

(1 John 3:2)
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
  • Because of this, we in our flesh now do not understand or know what that is or means yet to see our future bodies
  • When the Rapture happens, we will receive glorified bodies, like the one Jesus had after His resurrection
  • Just seeing Jesus will be enough for us, but seeing Him will transform us, like seeing Him in our life now does

BELOV'ED, ppr. [be and loved, from love. Belove, as a verb, is not used.]
Loved; greatly loved; dear to the heart.

(1 John 3:3)
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
  • As Christians, we are supposed to allow ourselves to be sanctified over time by the Holy Ghost in us, through submitting to God's will
  • He is pure, the LORD Jesus Christ
  • The only way to have this hope in ourselves is to be saved and washed in the Blood of Jesus Christ
  • We are constantly to be purifying, letting the Spirit sanctify us, clean us up, because we can never be perfect now
  • We are washed through the Holy Ghost and the Sword of God, the Word of God

(Ephesians 5:26)
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

(1 John 3:4)
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
  • This can mean exactly whosoever, without prejudice ,saved or unsaved
  • This verse is the Scriptural, built-in, internal dictionary definition of the word sin
  • It is not saying that this is the only definition, just in regards to God's Law
  • It comes from an archery term for "missing the bullseye"

(1 John 3:5)
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
  • Jesus Christ the Righteous took care of that one the Cross, to take it away from us
  • Again, this is a declaration of our righteousness, even as sinners, and not our physical, present condition in the flesh

(1 John 3:6)
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
  • Again, this sinning is the difference between the lost and the saved
  • We sin not only in God's eyes because of Jesus Christ
  • The lost sin because they cannot avoid sin, because they do not have Jesus Christ
  • In this context, we are in Christ, walking in Christ, so not sinning by the power of the Spirit
  • Therefore, when this principle is concerning believers versus unbelievers (not knowing nor known of Him), we believers cannot sin in our position in Christ
  • When this is only concerning the beloved family of believers, then we cannot sin when we walk with the LORD, and will sin when we do not

(1 John 3:7)
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
  • Even though one may do work for the LORD, the opposition and resistance comes from those who hate God and will falsely accuse a child of God of sin, wickedness, not because that Christian is sinning, but rather because they are hated by the unbeliever
  • They do this and can deceive one into thinking that they are doing wrong, when they are not
  • Only the believer in Christ can do actual righteousness that is acceptable before God. All other acts of "righteousness" are an abomination

(Isaiah 64:6)
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

(1 John 3:8)
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
  • Again, using the context, this is speaking of the unbeliever who is in the grip of the enemy's hand
  • But as children, when we sin, who wins? The devil, not us. God always wins in the end, but we do not glorify Him when we sin
  • This is why Jesus came, to win back that which was lost in the Garden of Eden
  • Currently, and this is about to change, the world is under the control of the wicked one, but only because Jesus has not exercised His title deed to evict the enemy

(1 John 3:9)
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
  • In man's eyes, we can sin and do sin in front of them
  • But....in God's eyes, we are declared righteous, holy, perfect, and can not sin against the Father, because Jesus is our advocate
  • That seed is the seed of the Woman, in us, the LORD Jesus Christ

(Genesis 3:15)
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

(1 John 3:10)
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
  • Both children, us and the people of the world, can be plainly seen to anyone opening their eyes to see
  • Doing righteousness is doing the will of God through the Spirit of God, something the lost cannot do, so therefore they cannot be of God
  • As we do God's will, the world sees us clearly as different, unmistakably
  • The world is clearly manifested as under the rule of the enemy, not of God
  • When we do not love our brother, we do as the unbeliever and sin against God and our brother, are unrighteous like the unbeliever, and no unbeliever can ever tell us apart.

(1 John 3:11)
For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
  • John had this in his Gospel account, chapter 13, verses 34-35

(John 13:34-35)
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

(1 John 3:12)
Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
  • Abel kept flocks, Cain did not even keep flocks, but just planted fruits and vegetables in the ground and harvested them
  • Abel brought an animal sacrifice, a burnt offering
  • Cain brought a plant sacrifice
  • God did not respect Cain's offering, as in the Garden, God slew an animal to make skins for Adam and Eve after the Fall, showing what He wanted clearly, due to sin
  • Cain was angry and jealous that Abel was accepted and he was not
  • Cain subtly deceived his brother by smooth talking him, then killed him after out in the fields
  • A perfect example of religion against God, always people of religion hating people who do God's Will-in this case acted out in murder
  • Cain killed Abel because Abel was obedient to God, Cain wanted to do his own will and offer a plant sacrifice instead of an animal sacrifice, as God commanded them
  • Cain proved he hated Abel by killing Abel
  • Cain was not of God, but of the enemy, of the world, of the flesh
  • Abel was of God and manifested that by bringing an animal sacrifice to God from his flocks
  • Cain was not of God and manifested that by bringing plants as a sacrifice to God from his garden, which has nothing to do with a representation of a sacrifice for sin, because plants are not alive and therefore cannot be killed, therefore are not an acceptable sacrifice-today we call them vegans

(Genesis 4:1)
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

(1 John 3:13)
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
  • Like Cain hating Abel, we should realize and not be surprised that this is precisely why the world hates us
  • The world today is like the vegan Cain, and does not want the idea that Jesus is the sacrificial lamb, because they think that, being vegan and vegetarian, they are "holier than thou", righteous in their own eyes and the eyes of the world

(1 John 3:14)
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
  • We were on the road to certain death, physically and were 100% dead, spiritually
  • We love the brethren who were in that same state and are now in the same new state we are in, because we are commanded to and because we relate to them through Jesus Christ
  • We who are saved live life now and will live life forever, and not die

(1 John 3:15)
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
  • Like Cain, our hatred is murder, is deadly to us, and will kill us as well as the people we hate
  • Since murderers and all unrighteous shall not enter into the Kingdom, why act like them and hate?

(Matthew 5:21-22)
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
  • We need to let the old hater, that old murderer die
  • (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
    Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

    (1 John 3:16)
    Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
    • Jesus Christ is our perfect example of this
    • Laying down our lives means putting others first, provided that what others want is not against God's Will
    • This is the vertical and horizontal parts of the Cross

    (1 John 3:17)
    But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
    • Love is an action verb, not just a noun. If it is not an action verb, it is not a noun
    • We show God's love, not just ours, when we do for those who need it
    • Today, this would be more of missions overseas, to truly poor, persecuted, desolate, hopeless in the people realm, rather than people here who take advantage because we are overly nice
    • The implied answer to the question is, he cannot say that he has the love of God in himself

    (1 John 3:18)
    My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
    • This is exactly the love being an action verb and not just a noun declaration, right here

    (1 John 3:19)
    And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
    • When we express God's love toward others, it confirms in us our position of favor with God
    • Christianity is of the truth and not of the world's lie
    • While many would acknowledge and appreciate our love toward them, only God always will appreciate and acknowledge reveal our love in our hearts toward Himself

    ASSU'RE, v.t. ashu're. [See Assurance.]
    1. To make certain; to give confidence by a promise, declaration, or other evidence; as, he assured me of his sincerity.
    2. To confirm; to make certain or secure.
      And it shall be assured to him. Lev 28.
    3. To embolden; to make confident.
      And hereby we shall assure our hearts before him. 1 John 3.
    4. To make secure, with of before the object secured; as, let me be assured of your fidelity.
    5. To affiance; to betroth. Obs.
    6. To insure; to covenant to indemnify for loss. [See Insure.]
    (1 John 3:20)
    For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
    • At times, we feel heart-crushing pain from guilt, but God forgave us already
    • God forgave us already and is in charge over us, and is omniscient
    • This means we do not have to worry about anything

    (1 John 3:21)
    Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
    • If we can know in our heart, and we can, that we are forgiven, this confidence brings us through tough and sinfull times
    • The only way to not be sorrowful, hurt oneself or even die from self-condemnation is to know and understand the truth that God has forgiven us and declared us not guilty, righteous in His eyes.

    (1 John 3:22)
    And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
    • Anything and everything asked for will always also have to be according to His will
    • His commandments we keep are in order, "1. BELIEVE IN HIS SON, then all others"

    (John 6:29)
    Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

    (1 John 3:23)
    And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
    • And this is more of exactly what was said in the previous verse

    (1 John 3:24)
    And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
    • As believers, we are in Christ and He is in us, in our heart
    • The Holy Spirit bears witness to this truth

    1 John 4


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