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flesh, even though God's Holy Spirit has entered, and
now dwells in, and leads his HUMAN MIND.
When We Cannot Sin
There is a particular verse that has puzzled millions,
discouraged thousands who didn't understand, and caused
some to accuse the Bible of contradicting itself.
Look at this verse! It says: "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"
(I John 3:9).
Now is that a contradiction of verse 8 of the first
chapter of the same book which says we deceive ourselves
if we think we have no sin? The answer is easy to
understand.
Remember that in New Testament language the
pronoun "we" or "us" refers to converted Christians. (The
unconverted are referred to as "they" or "them." An
example is I Thes. 5:3, 4. "For when
they
shall say, Peace
and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon
them
... and
they
f'lhall not escape. But
ye, brethren,
are not
in darkness, that that day should overtake
you
as a thief.")
I John 1:8-9 reads:
"If
we
say that
we
have no sin,
we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If
we
[Christians]" - this verse is referring to sins committed,
though of course not deliberately and willfully,
after
being
converted - "confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrigh–
teousness.
If
we [we CHRISTIANS] say that
we
have not
sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us"
(verse 10). Then, the next verse, I John 2:1: "And
if
any
man sin,
we
[Christians] have an advocate with the
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." It is here speaking
of Christ in His present office as our High Priest.
Christians Should Not Sin
Of course the Bible teaches that Christians
should
not sin.
The first part of I John 2:1 (not quoted above)
teaches that. The emphasis all through the New Test–
ament is on rooting out sin - overcoming sin -
growing
in God's righteousness, always toward perfection.