1 John 3:6 - No One In Christ Keeps On Sinning.

1 John 3:6 - No One In Christ Keeps On Sinning.

1 John 3:6 (NIV)  No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No 
one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 

1 John 3:6 (TLB)  So if we stay close to him, obedient to him, 
we won't be sinning either; but as for those who keep on sinning, 
they should realize this: They sin because they have never really 
known him or become his. 

John is not asserting sinless perfection, but explaining that 
the believer's life is characterized not by sin but by doing what is 
right. [NIV SB] 

There is a difference between committing a sin and continuing to 
sin. Even the most faithful believers sometimes commit sins, but they 
do not cherish a particular sin and choose to commit it. A believer 
who commits a sin repents, confesses, and finds forgiveness. A 
person who continues to sin, by contrast, is not sorry for what he or 
she is doing. Thus this person never confesses and never receives 
forgiveness. Such a person is in opposition to God, no matter what religious 
claims he or she makes. [Life Application SB] 

A man cannot act like the devil, and at the same time be a 
disciple of Christ Jesus. Let us not serve or indulge what the Son of God 
came to destroy. To be born of God is to be inwardly renewed by the 
power of the Spirit of God. Renewing grace is an abiding principle. 
Religion is not an art, a matter of dexterity and skill, but a new 
nature. And the regenerate person cannot sin as he did before he was 
born of God, and as others do who are not born again. There is that 
light in his mind, which shows him the evil and malignity of sin. 
There is that bias upon his heart, which disposes him to loathe and 
hate sin. There is the spiritual principle that opposes sinful acts. 
And there is repentance for sin, if committed. It goes against him 
to sin with forethought.... He that abides in Christ, continues not 
in the practice of sin. Renouncing sin is the great proof of 
spiritual union with, continuance in, and saving knowledge of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. [Matthew Henry Commentary] 

  The Bible makes two things clear about sin. First, living a 
lifestyle of sin indicates that you are not walking in the power of the 
Holy Spirit, regardless of what you say about your spiritual 
condition. You cannot regularly spend time studying and meditating on God's 
word, praying and walking in fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and 
persist in sin.  
  Second, if you do not hate sin the way God does, then you do 
not truly know Him. There are those who continue in their sin yet 
insist that they love God and belong to Him. John makes it clear: If 
you have a lifestyle of sin, you have not seen Him and do not know 
Him. You may have prayed a "sinner's prayer," or made a commitment in 
your church, or been baptized, but the evidence of the Holy Spirit's 
presence in your life is that you are defeating sin. This does not mean 
that you will never sin, but it does mean that you refuse to make sin 
a lifestyle and you immediately seek forgiveness when you sin 
(1John 1:10). It means that you are opposed to sin, as God is, and you 
allow the Holy Spirit to eradicate every trace of sin in your life. It 
means that when you sin, you immediately confess it and repent of it 
and do whatever is necessary to avoid repeating your sin.  
  If you find yourself falling into sinful habits or not 
grieving over your sin as you once did, this indicates that you are not 
abiding in Christ. Return to Him in repentance; restore your fellowship 
with Him, and you will once again experience victory over your sin. 
[Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re 1Jo. 3:6] 

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give 
you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle 
and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my 
yoke is easy and my burden is light." Mat 11:28-30 (NIV) 

That's you.  Whether you're a millionaire or deep in debt, you 
are carrying a load of sin.  Can you come to God in such a 
condition? Yes, You can!  Jesus Christ welcomes you.  He will cleanse you 
and make you presentable to His Father. 

That's the best news in the world.  For a while you may think 
money or success or many friends will give you satisfaction.  But they 
cannot supply your deepest need.  Only Jesus Christ can give you true 

Yes, there is a yoke.  No one is free.  Everyone is either in 
slavery to the devil or to Jesus.  To obey the devil will bring you to 
destruction, but to obey Jesus Christ brings you peace and joy both now and 
forever.  The best way to learn of Him is to read the Bible, which is 
truly the word of life. 

It sounds like becoming a Christian is only for weaklings who 
need a crutch to get them through life.  But it's not.  Being meek 
and lowly means that Christians win tremendous victories and lead 
successful lives by love and service rather than by hate and power.  The 
basic motives of your living will change. 

Yes, it is!  The burden of Jesus is a joyous one.  Coming back 
to God puts you in harmony with the purpose of your creation.  You 
discover that doing the will of God is the best way to live. [Faith, 
Prayer & Tract League, Tract #243] 

Genuine conversion is needed, not once in years, but daily. This 
conversion brings man into a new relation with God. Old things, his natural 
passions and hereditary and cultivated tendencies to wrong, pass away, 
and he is renewed and sanctified. But this work must be continual; 
for as long as Satan exists, he will make an effort to carry on his 
work. He who strives to serve God will encounter a strong undercurrent 
of wrong. His heart needs to be barricaded by constant watchfulness 
and prayer, or else the embankment will give way; and like a 
millstream, the undercurrent of wrong will sweep away the safeguard. No 
renewed heart can be kept in a condition of sweetness without the daily 
application of the salt of the Word. Divine grace must be received daily, or 
no man will stay converted. . .  {OHC 215}   

  Sanctification is not the work of a moment, an hour, or a day. 
It is a continual growth in grace. We know not one day how strong 
will be our conflict the next. Satan lives, and is active, and every 
day we need to cry earnestly to God for help and strength to resist 
him. As long as Satan reigns we shall have self to subdue, besetments 
to overcome, and there is no stopping place, there is no point to 
which we can come and say we have fully attained. . . . 
  The Christian life is constantly an onward march. Jesus sits 
as a refiner and purifier of His people; and when His image is 
perfectly reflected in them, they are perfect and holy, and prepared for 
translation. A great work is required of the Christian. We are exhorted to 
cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, 
perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Here we see where the great labor 
rests. There is a constant work for the Christian.  
  None are living Christians unless they have a daily experience 
in the things of God and daily practice self-denial, cheerfully 
bearing the cross and following Christ. Every living Christian will 
advance daily in the divine life. As he advances toward perfection, he 
experiences a conversion to God every day; and this conversion is not 
completed until he attains to perfection of Christian character, a full 
preparation for the finishing touch of immortality. . . . 
  Religion is not merely an emotion, a feeling. It is a 
principle which is interwoven with all the daily duties and transactions 
of life. . . .  It is continuance in well-doing that will form 
characters for heaven.  
  We must live for Christ minute by minute, hour by hour, and 
day by day; then Christ will dwell in us, and when we meet together, 
His love will be in our hearts, welling up like a spring in the 
desert, refreshing all, and making those who are ready to perish, eager 
to drink of the waters of life.  {AG 291}   

We want a new conversion daily. We want the love of Jesus 
throbbing in our hearts, that we may be instrumental in saving many souls. 
{ChS 91}