1 John 3:7-9: “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 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.” In John’s day there were the “antichrists” who were denying the doctrine of Christ and were also claiming to know God, yet were living in unrighteousness. True believers practice righteousness because the One in whom they dwell is righteous. God’s righteousness is revealed in His children through their conduct. Righteous conduct does not produce righteous character, but reveals its presence in us. Satan’s sinful nature is shown through the lives of those who belong to him. Jesus’ purpose in coming was to destroy the devil’s works. A person who sins, even a believer, is of the devil in the sense that he is participating in the devil’s activity. Thus John is indicating that it is possible for believers to do that which is of the devil. The seed that remains is probably the divine nature in which believers can participate. In other words, this is saying that habitual sin is not consistent with the Christian walk.


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