Message in 1 John (7)

The sinners only are justified.

Are we sinners because we sin personally, or do we sin personally because we are sinners by nature? John insists that if we claim to be without sin, we make God out to be a liar. Why? “Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin?” Proverbs 20:9, NIV. No one could ever claim to be without sin. No one could ever boast about not being a sinner. Why? Because the Messiah came into the world to save sinners, not those who are without sin. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save the sinners…” 1 Timothy 1:15. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23, NIV. God created the entire humankind in the first man Adam; therefore, his decision in the garden of Eden was on behalf of the whole of humanity. We all sinned in the first man, Adam, in the garden of Eden and, therefore, were condemned to eternal death because of that sin, not because of a subsequent personal sin.

Because of our sin in the garden of Eden, we became incapable of doing good ever. Jeremiah 13:23. “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.” Romans 5:12, NIV, the emphasis is mine.Because all men sinned in the first men, Adam, therefore, the warning God issued to Adam applied to entire future humankind. “but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:17, NIV. The phrase “surely die” refers to the second death, eternal death. The “sin,” in Romans 5:12, is in the singular, in the Greek; therefore, the entire humankind was condemned because of one sin, the sin in the garden of Eden. The sin in the garden of Eden was a decision by the spirit, intelligence, of the humankind, not by the flesh. The act of eating the forbidden fruit only demonstrated that sin had been committed. Our spirit, or our intelligence, the non-material part of us is our life. John 6:63. Thinking about sin does not make us sinners. The decision to put the thought into practice makes us sinners even if we never physically execute it.

Christians who have experienced a new birth do not claim they are without sin because they understand they are sinners by nature, not by deeds. We are sinners because of who we are, not because of what we are. A new-born Christian has dual nature; the sinful biological nature (the weak flesh), and the perfect and holy nature of the Second Adam, Jesus Christ. Accordingly, John in 1 John 3:9 insists that a new-born believer will not continue to sin because “God’s seed is in him. A yielded believer is “born of God.” Because God does not sin, the one born of God could not continue in sin either. 1 John 3:9, 10. An “old man” behaves like an “old man.” The “New man” like a new man. We become transformed into the likeness of the one we behold.

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