10:15; Deut. Christians may sin as John has already confirmed in his letter (1Jn 1:5-10). (1 Corinthians 15:38) But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. ( J) 4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 20:42; 1 Sam. His new nature gives him new desires. 33:1; Lev. I. 20:2; Lev. (1 John 3 Commentary). corruptions of his own heart; see ( 1 John 5:18 ) ; which John MacArthur explains that "The New Birth involves the acquisition of a seed, which refers to the principle of God’s life imparted to the believer at salvation’s New Birth. But, both experience and Scripture show that believers are quite capable of willful, deliberate sin! This gives a reason for God’s provision for levirate marriage (Genesis 38:9; cf. attended with more aggravated circumstances, and which God in a “Every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him” (1 John 2:29+). This new standing is called “justification.” It never changes and is never lost. 22:10; Ezr. Holiness. It is not for the honour of God to suffer a custom and course of sin in a renewed man. So they can't keep on sinning, because they are children of God." 1 John 3 Bible Commentary. Here are some principles to guide us. 22:4; Lev. We may stumble, even fall on occasion, but we know "the One who is in [us] is greater than the one who is in the world" (1Jn 4:4). Manton added that "Faith makes us hate sin." When you do fall into sin, you will recognize that you cannot go on in it. 59:21; Isa. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. (1 John 3 Commentary - Ironside's Notes on Selected Books), Sam Storms - Special Study And in regeneration, the new creation in Christ has real, inevitable effects on our physical life of obedience. (Expositor's Greek Testament), Vine on He cannot sin - here again, not the committal of an act is in view, but continuance in sin. 2:6,14,15,20 “Nicolaitans”) and from early Christian leaders who knew this situation (Irenaeus) that these false teachers practiced and sexual immorality—and taught that “spiritually enlightened people” were above such ethical restrictions.3 19:32,34) and the seriousness of a judgment that “cut off” one’s seed (1 Samuel 24:21 [ LXX 1 Kings 24:22]). quickens whom he will, whose grace is implanted, and image 21:15; Lev. calls us to notice "again how he says this: “No one who is born of God practices sin.” The child of God bears the marks of whose child he is in his life… The one who practices sin shows that he is not of the heavenly Father; he is not born of God. 6:1 hamartiai… in contrast with hamartesomen in Ro. We have our imperfections and infirmities over which we mourn; but no child of God can live in sin, and love it. He can now be described as a new man who seeks, finds and follows God in Christ. (Php 2:13-note, Php 2:12-note, Col 1:10-note), His seed abides in him - In short, he is eternally secure! More likely it means that the “germ” of spiritual life implanted in the believer remains in that one as a child of God. 11:18; Eccl. Sin will dominate us. 22:3; Lev. Growing out of this, apparently, the Old Testament cultivates a sense of respect and care for seed as God-given and containing a precious, life-giving force (see Leviticus 11:37,38; 26:16; 27:30). 22:9; Deut. One of the most common uses of sperma in the Septuagint is for the seed of plants described in the creation narrative (Genesis 1:11,12,29). He does not give himself over to sin "with greediness." 44:3; Isa. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 69:36; Ps. IV. True philosophy demands that we reply, "Yes." Is there the concurrence and consent of the renewed will in the act? 21:10; Ps. 24:21; 2 Sam. In this way the two parts of verse 9 become exactly parallel, each part consisting of a statement that the Christian does not or cannot sin, to which is added the reason for such an assertion. Christ formed in them; who are made partakers of the divine 1:11; 1 Sam. (Matthew 13:27) "The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? 30:23; Isa. (Exalting Jesus in 1, 2, 3 John Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary), John Piper - The practice of sin is the evidence and confirmation that one is not born of God. God’s seed remains in the believer, and this is … 26:16; Lev. 22:13; Lev. The seed—be it the Person of Christ, the Word of God, or both—does not allow a person to habitually, continually practice sin. The effective working of the new birth life in us is that we do not commit sin, not merely that we have the power not to sin, but that we have stopped sinning. We come now to one of the most difficult verses in Scripture, No one born of God commits sin, for God's nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God. 22:51; 1 Ki. John is describing a situation in which we have opportunities to sin or not. 16:40; Num. It is against the nature of the covenant. 22:30; Ps. 1Jn 3:4). expiated, and they are justified from them, yet they do not cease He focuses on the habitual character of the activity in view. The implication will then be this: the new birth involves the acquisition of a new nature through the implanting within us of the very seed or life giving power of God. 20:3; Lev. 2:13NLT-note). The noun sperma means “seed”; see the related verb speirō (4540), “to sow.” In classical Greek sperma can refer to the seed of plants or animals, to the basic element of anything, to one’s immediate children or further progeny, and to anything that has life-giving force (Schulz, “sperma,” Kittel, 7:536f.). Whatever it is specifically, God himself is at work in the new birth so powerfully that they cannot keep on practicing sin. The translation reads, “Every one who has been born out of God, with the present result that he is a born-one (of God), does not habitually do sin.”, MacDonald feels that John "is contrasting the regenerate man with the unregenerate, and is speaking of constant or habitual behavior. Criswell - God's seed represents the new life which results from spiritual regeneration. My question is regarding John 9:1-3, where the disciples ask Jesus whose sin caused the man to be blind, and Jesus answers that it was neither the man nor his parents. John is not taking a snapshot, but a moving picture. 17:11; 2 Chr. This is contrary to both John and the rest of the NT. The sons of God will be known, and be made manifest by likeness to their Head. “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin,…because he is born of God.” The new life given to him is eternal life. Conversion changes everything. This explains the other most common use of sperma in the Septuagint in reference to the seed of Abraham (Isaiah 41:8), seed of Aaron, seed of David, seed of Jacob (Isaiah 45:19), etc. Being born of God is being changed by God so that the dominion of sin is broken. 89:4; Ps. 1Jn 3:10 is crucial to understanding the entire passage: John wants us to be able to identify the children of God and the children of the devil by observing their behavior. But again notice that "to sin" is not an aorist infinitive but a present infinitive. AFTER THEIR KIND 105:6; Ps. John called this new nature God’s “seed.” When a person receives Christ as his Savior, tremendous spiritual changes take place in him. 11:31; Mal. knowledge of the truth, or denying Christ to be the Saviour of 3 John 1:9-10. 4:13, 16, 18; Rom. Paul calls it a new creation (Ephesians 2:10; Eph 4:24). Ultimately believers have a new indwelling Source of power, to motivate and enable one to NOT practice sin. (d) In spite of that, no Christian can possibly be a deliberate and consistent sinner; no Christian can live a life in which sin is dominant in all his actions. stamped in it, and by whose resurrection from the dead men are They are not regenerated and indwelt by the Holy Spirit as indicated by their unholy lives! 17:5; Isa. The believer’s lapses into sin are like the mischances of the weather which hinder the seed’s growth. But there are several reasons we know he isn't. (Hebrews 2:16) For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 24:7; Num. As Jesus taught "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit." The pig will love it and wallow in it, because that’s its nature. 41:8; Isa. "What I hate, that I do." 30:19; Deut. 1:4; Isa. He’s already addressed in 1 John 1 people who taught that Christians could be sinlessly perfect, and he has contradicted that (false teaching). 11:9; Deut. sinful in it, nor can anything that is sinful come out of it, or John Stott - In this whole section John is arguing rather the incongruity than the impossibility of sin in the Christian. and through the power of his grace believers prevail against sin, of “Sperma signifies the divine principle of life (the Spirit?) As well, he used sperma of the starting point of the universe. I’m sure that my experience is like yours: I feel quite capable of sinning and years of walking with the Lord have not lessened my ability! 89:29; Ps. Test the *spirits to see if they are true (1 John 4:1-6) v1 My friends, do not believe every *spirit. 59:21; Isa. 43:5; Isa. “Is that the only kind of oranges they bear? law of God, as well as the sins of others; and are oftentimes sinners, and a sacrifice for sin, and hatred of a Christian The growth of a living seed may be checked temporarily; if there be no growth, there is no life.”. John uses the present tense which in the context of God's seed abiding in us would serve to emphasize the assurance of our salvation. Few will question that Paul here speaks of himself as a regenerate man. Sperma appears over 200 times in the Septuagint (see passages below) with a similar variety of meanings including (occasionally) the male “sperm” (semen), as in Leviticus 15:16 for humans and Jeremiah 31:27 (LXX 38:27) for animals. Paul has precisely John's idea in Ro. Salem Media Group. A more in depth and thorough Study of 1 John 3. 31:21; Deut. Most authorities see the new birth and regeneration as essentially synonymous terms. incorruptible, and neither sins itself, nor encourages sin, but Do I seek to stop sinning or have I stopped sinning? 32:13; Exod. 44:22; Dan. does not make it his trade and business; it is not the constant Birth of God is a deep, radical, inward transformation. 4:8; 2 Sam. 16:31; Exod. (c) In fact all men have these lapses and when they do, they must humbly confess them to God, who will always forgive the penitent heart. 61:9; Isa. Christians see it, hate it, confess it and fight it. brother as such, and sinning the sin unto death, or the LIKE FRUIT TREES BEARING FRUIT David Allen on the meaning of seed - There are four possibilities. 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Ryrie on seed - The divine nature given the one born of God (cf. 2:33; 1 Ki. (Acts 7:5) "But He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot of ground, and yet, even when he had no child, He promised that HE WOULD GIVE IT TO HIM AS A POSSESSION, AND TO HIS DESCENDANTS AFTER HIM. 1:8; Deut. 27:30; Num. (Galatians 3:16) Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Even you need to be warned against the world’s evil temper of dislike and envy. 66:22; Jer. The more general one is, that he who is born of God does not willingly sin, having "put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness," he cannot sin with the full consent and concurrence of the will. (The Son of God Appeared to Destroy the Works of the Devil - December 20, 1998), William Barclay - What John is saying may be put down in four stages. He hates sin. The answer one gives to this question significantly reflects how one conceives of the motivation of love in 1 Peter. He does not defiantly continue in sin. 14:27; 2 Ki. 18:19; Num. 57:3; Isa. The translation therefore is, “He is not able to habitually sin.” The Greek text here holds no warrant for the erroneous teaching of sinless perfection. because he is born of God: However, as a result of the new birth, the Bible says we cannot make "a practice of sinning" and we "cannot keep on sinning because [we have] been born of God" (1Jn 3:9ESV). What is John explaining? 22:24, 25, RV, "seed" (AV, "issue"); John 7:42; John 8:33, 37; Acts 3:25; Rom. Satan will have his way with us. When a father begets a child, the father's seed abides in the child. Christ, yet not in themselves; they are not impeccable, they are The new Christian is also given a new position: he is set apart for God’s own purposes to live for His glory. NIV - No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. ), has the following usages, (a) agricultural and botanical, e.g., Matt. The usage in Galatians 3:16,29 is significant. Are they descendants of Abraham? Do Christians sin more than once? May it never be! (Ed: Great illustration) A pig and a sheep may fall into the same mud hole, but there is a difference. What is John explaining? we shall be like him, ( G) for we shall see him as he is. Alternatively, the "seed" signifies the principle of spiritual life as imparted to the believer, which abides in him without possibility of removal or extinction; the child of God remains eternally related to Christ, he who lives in sin has never become so related, he has not the principle of life in him. 1 John /. Revelation 12:17). The Powerful Root of Practical Love. 31:17; Ezek. He cannot sin (dunamai = able) (hamartano = sin). 50:16; Ezek. 9:8; here "the children of the promise are reckoned for a seed" points, firstly, to Isaac's birth as being not according to the ordinary course of nature but by Divine promise, and, secondly, by analogy, to the fact that all believers are children of God by spiritual birth; Gal. If you ever find a Christian slipping into anything unclean or unholy, you know that this comes from below the graft- it is the old nature manifesting itself! 7:12; 2 Sam. There have been many different attempts to explain 1Jn 3:9 ((John R. W. Stott lists seven; these are a few from his list. unpardonable sin; neither of which can be committed by a But then two of the Washington navel orange trees were brought to Riverside from Brazil and cultivated. 20:4; Lev. By Jack Kelley Thursday September 3rd, 2015 About 2 Minutes to Read. 9:7 (twice),8,29; Rom. Whosoever is born of God Mt 13:24, 27, 32, 37 38; 22:24f; Mk 4:31; 12:19, 20, 21; Lk 1:55; 20:28; Jn 7:42; 8:33, 37; Acts 3:25; 7:5f; 13:23; Ro 1:3; 4:13, 16, 18; 9:7f, 29; 11:1; 1Co 15:38; 2Co 11:22; Gal 3:16, 19, 29; 2Ti 2:8; Heb 2:16; 11:11, 18; 1Jn 3:9; Rev 12:17. David Smith - “He cannot keep sinning,” as the seed cannot cease growing. He is given a new standing before God, being accepted as righteous in God’s sight. Ezekiel calls it a new spirit (Ezek 36:26). 44:22; Dan. As MacDonald says "This divine relationship precludes the possibility of continuance in sin as a lifestyle. 11:14; 1 Ki. These words also humble us because if it were not for Christ, His atonement, His advocacy, and His victory, we would forever be enslaved to Satan and sin. 1:3; Rom. the Vulgate Latin version there renders, "the generation of God", 20:42; 1 Sam. 43:5; Isa. 6:15. that it is possible for him to live without sin; for the words ", Wuest on practices - Poieo (is) in the present tense which always speaks of continuous action unless the context limits it to punctiliar action, namely, the mere mention of the fact of the action, without the mentioning of details. (Matthew 13:32) and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES." Overcomes. (Matthew 22:25) "Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother; 14:22; Isa. As soon as possible, he is up again out of the mud and the filth. A life of sin is distasteful to him who pants after holiness and desire to be like Christ. (Revelation 12:17) So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. This meaning suits the context and the general tenor of the Epistle. 1 John 1:9-note: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us.” No, sin in the Christian life is not the issue that he is addressing; he is addressing fundamentally the issue of a person who claims to be a Christian but the bent or habit or characteristic of his or her life is one which is not in accordance with God’s word. Paul was clear when he wrote, Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new (kainos) creature (ktisis); the old things passed away (parerchomai and in aorist tense = at a point in time = day of our salvation! 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