Topic: Biblical Passage: 1 John 3:4–10
By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
The Essentials (basics) of Christianity
• The need for Obedience
• The need for Love
• The need for a Proper View of Christ
1 John 3:4-10
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
The Willful Practice of Sinful behavior is INCOMPATIBLE with a Child of God
The Lifestyle of the one who keeps on sinning demonstrates that he does not know God
1. Sin is INCOMPATIBLE with the law of God
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—everyone—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
2. Sin is INCOMPATIBLE with the Work Of Christ
3. Sin is COMPATIBLE with the evil one
4. Sin is INCOMPATIBLE with the ministry of the Holy Spirit
• Regeneration: Given a NEW Nature from
• Justification: Given a New Standing before God
• Sanctification: Giving a NEW Position/Purpose to God