We Are Children of God (1 John 3:1-10)

*correction* As I looked into today’s study, I noticed that I had overlooked a chapter while I was putting together the list, that means I left out three parts: Love one another, test the spirits, and God is love. We haven’t come upon these parts yet, but they will be the next three parts in this series. For extra clarification, I have included the updated list below:

Part One: The Word Of Life

Part Two:  Walking In The Light

Part Three: Christ Our Advocate

Part Four: The New Commandment

Part Five: Do Not Love The World

Part Six: Warning Against The AntiChrists

Part Seven: We Are Children Of God

Part Eight: Love One Another

Part Nine: Test The Spirits

Part Ten: God Is Love

Part Eleven: Overcoming The World

Part Twelve: The Testimony Of Jesus

Part Thirteen: That You May Know You Have Eternal Life

 

Now, I want to look at the first ten verses in chapter three. I’m going to write a few thoughts about each verse, hopefully this will trigger some thoughts of your own.

Verse one

[1] See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Because of God’s love for us, we can be called His children. I think John makes this point because of how much God loves us, God loves us so much that He calls us His children, because we are. The reason why the world does not know what it’s like to be called His children, is because they don’t know God, all who truly know God, know that they are His children.

Verse two

[2] Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

This verse seemed a little confusing at first, but as I looked closer, I think I figured out what John is getting at here.

The “he” that John is talking about in this verse is Jesus Christ. Also, the appearing of Him that John is speaking of would be Christ’ second coming, the time is uncertain, but we can be certain that He will come again.

John says in the latter section of this verse that we know when He appears we will be like Him, because we will see Him as He is. I think the meaning of us being like Him, is in bodily likeness, in that we will have resurrected bodies as Christ does.

Verse three

[3] And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

The meaning of this is pretty obvious, but let me emphasize it a little more. Everyone who believes in Christ, and puts their hope in Him, is purified. This doesn’t mean their made perfect but means that they are no longer stained by their sin.

Verse four

[4] Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.

This verse is a good reminder that sin is contrary to God’s law and those who practice sin, are against God’s law, and are just as the verse said, practicing lawlessness.

Verse five

[5] You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

We know that Christ has come to earth to forgive us for our sins, because He has no sin.

Verse six

[6] No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him.

No one who abides in Him keeps on practicing sin, but seeks to destroy it and stop any habit of sin in their life; no one who keeps sinning has seen Him or knows Him, but doesn’t abide in Him.

Verse seven

[7] Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.

John is warning his readers in this verse that whoever practices righteousness is righteous, he says to not let anyone deceive you.

Verse eight

[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.

This verse may seem a little harsh, but it is the reason why Christ came to earth, He came to destroy the sinful works of the devil.

Verse nine

[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.

This verse is talking about those who believe in God, those who are His children, John says that those have been born of God cannot keep on sinning. This is an important reminder for all Christians, we must be actively fighting any sin in our lives.

Verse ten

[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.

John now tells us that it is obvious to tell apart those who follow God and those who follow the devil, whoever does not practice righteousness is not a follower of God, nor is the one who doesn’t love his brother.

I think that these have been an important reminder to us all, I hope you were able to understand John’s point in that passage, we all should love one another.

Have a great weekend!

-Zachary

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