Apr 22 | 1 John 3:1-10
Read 1 John 3:1-10
Was John’s intent in these verses to communicate to us that any sin we commit indicates that we are not really saved? Some would say that is exactly what this verse teaches. A closer look, however, reveals a different interpretation. John, in this section, was again emphasizing that those who are really saved will demonstrate it by their behavior. In verse 3, he said that anyone who is saved purifies himself. He works hard to get rid of sin in his life, and his desire is to be pure in all areas. Jesus Christ came into this world to take away our sin. After salvation, we begin to realize what sin is, what it does, and we hate it. We do not want it to be part of our lives. Our desire is to purify ourselves from sin. The point John is making is not that people who are saved never sin, but that people who are saved do not “keep on sinning.” That means that sin is not the pattern of their lives. They do not continue to live a life of sin, but strive to live a life of purity. How I respond to sin indicates whether my salvation is genuine or not. What pattern do you see in your life? Do you see yourself gaining victory over more areas of sin?