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Just What Do You Mean .. BORN AGAIN?
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But these and numerous other verses (especially the
Apostle Paul's experience, Romans 7:14-25) say plainly
that converted Christians
do
sin - though not habitually
practicing
sin deliberately and willfully. Certainly it is
not impossible!
Look at Jesus Christ Himself! The Scriptures say He
did not sin
-
yet they teach plainly that at all times
it was entirely possible
for Him to sin. Jesus, in the
human flesh,
"was in all points tempted
like as we are,
yet without sin" (Heb. 4:15). No scripture says that He
could not
sin.
So
here we have many scriptures showing that it is
NOT IMPOSSIBLE for converted Christians to sin - it was
NOT IMPOSSIBLE even for Jesus! Yet, in
I
John
3:9,
in the
A.V., we have the flat statement that, if and when we
are actually
born
of Gon, we
shall not be able to sin
-
IT WILL THEN BE IMPOSSIBLE!
Two Translations
Here, again, the translators had to decide
how to
render the verb
gennao.
And it MUST be decided by the
meaning in the context as a whole.
Some more modern translations render it "begotten"
supposing the passage is talking about Christians NOW
not continuing in indifferent
practicing
of sin, as they
did before conversion. They know well that it is NOT
IMPOSSIBLE for a human Christian, NOW, to sin. So they
render
it
in the sense of continuing in the habitual
practicing
of sin, once
begotten
of God.
On the other hand, it also CAN be rendered "BORN"
as in the A.V., without any contradiction.
Notice this, in
I
John
3:1:
"Behold, what manner
of
love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should
be called THE SONS
OF GoD....
Beloved, NOW ARE WE
THE SONS
OF
Gon, and it doth not yet appear
what we
shall be:
but we know that, when HE [Christ at His
second coming] shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for
we shall SEE HIM
as he is"
(I
John
3:1-2).
This is speaking of the time when we shall
be spirit
- BORN of
God.