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.

–1 John 3:9

Could it be possible that we might attain sinless perfection? Doth a reborn believer become a sinless Godling, or child of a god? Two things, one John is talking to the little children of God. These are “babes desiring the sincere milk of the Word”, but they are not yet old enough to consume the meat of the Word as we talked about in an earlier post. Two, we just came off a few verses in the beginning part of the chapter that describes sin in the context of lifestyle: continuous sin. Perhaps even in these next verses that follow, the word “sin” still refers to that life. So essentially when it says that those who are born of God cannot sin, it is saying once you have become a child of God you can no longer go back to being a child of Satan. Once you leave your life of sin, you can never return to that life again.

This is deep. Ready? 

In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

–1 John 3:10

We have two families represented here by there patriarchal heads. There is a basic equation to match the criteria to the family and it goes like this: righteousness = child of God, unrighteousness = child of Satan. How can it be that the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest by their righteousness or unrighteousness? I don’t know a single child of God who is truly, perfectly righteous. Do you know why that is? Because there is none righteous no not one.

So how do we facilitate this information, to where do we regulate it so that it doesn’t conflict with the previous truths in Scripture?
This is my favorite.

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And whereforeslew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

–1 John 3:11- 12

Don’t love like Cain. Think about that,: John couldn’t have picked a better test subject, a better role model for love? Why Cain? He seems to be the guy everyone sees as a hateful, jealous murderer, and yet he is the standard by which we base love? Yeah, that makes perfect sense… not.

If Cain has such a bad name, and everything about him seems to be the opposite of what we believe love is, why would John choose him, why would God choose him to teach us how to love? And yes, he is teaching us how to love, anytime we use a “bad example” of what we are trying to emphasize, that example becomes a part of teaching us the lesson.

God chose Cain to teach us how to love because he knew we did not know how. Let that sink in for just a few seconds.

Because we did not know how to go about this “love thing”, because we did not even know how to love God back, much less love others: God used Cain to teach us how to love. Why does that work? It works because to give such a stark contrast for how not to love, is going back to the very beginning. Just like when God is speaking to the Hebrews, he takes salvation back to the beginning. Why? Because they are ignorant of salvation, therefore he must start with the most basic information to educate them.

God has to teach us what love is, and then how to love. So he says don’t love like Cain because Cain acted impulsively, selfishly, jealously, out of hate, and out of pride; therefore his actions were unrighteous and thus he was of his father the devil. 

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.

–1 John 3:9

As always, thanks for reading.

–the anonymous novelist

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