Unable to Sin

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8b. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God” (1 John 3:8b-9, NKJV).

Jesus was manifested in a human body for this reason: to destroy the works of the devil. And you can bet He accomplished that goal. The works of the devil have been destroyed. What does that look like, in practical reality? The next verse tells us. It looks like this: you and me, born of God. It looks like you and me, unable to sin.

Did we hear that right? Yes we did. We have actually become unable to sin. Okay, I know that actually seems like a contradiction to reality. I hear your mind (and mine) protesting, “Ooooh, I am quite able to sin! Just watch me in the next twenty-four hours!”

That’s not what this is talking about. What you and I are now uncapable of doing, is of truly enjoying sin. The Son of God has destroyed our old nature by planting His seed inside of us. Our new nature cannot relish sin. It cannot love sin. It cannot serve sin.

The NIV renders it this way: “No one who is born of God will continue to sin.” Yes, we stumble along the way. But the new nature He has given us makes us long to do better. We literally cannot continue perpetually in the same slavery. If we are truly born again, if His seed truly remains in us, gradual transformation is gloriously inevitable!

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What are some practical results you can observe in your own life, from God’s seed remaining in you?