Test of Your Righteousness

Test 5 of 9

1 John 3:4-10 says,

  • Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

  • Some people believe that they can be both Christian and also continue to live in unrighteousness. After all, what about the Corinthians - one of them "had his father's wife" (1 Cor 5:1); or Paul's confession that "the good that I will to do, I do not do" (Romans 7) For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing." (Romans 7:19). But John emphatically declares this is not possible.

    The tense in the Greek is present continuous such that the sin he's referring to is habitual sin, ongoing sin, continuous, uncontrollable sin. If you're in that kind of sin, you've neither "seen him or known him".

    John declares here that Jesus "appeared so that he might take away our sins", and Paul adds, "how can we who died to sin still live in it" (Romans 6:2). So if sin has mastery over you such that your life is dominated by sinful behaviours, attitudes and choices - if that power of sin has not been broken over your life: "anyone who does not do (on a habitual basis) what is right is not a child of God". Paul states it this way in Romans 8:2) "through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death".

    Every believer is always free from the law of sin - it does not control them, although they may unwillingly or accidentally fall into it. And if it were accidental, they are disgusted, and pretty quickly get out of it, humbling themselves again before God and pledging for His help to get rid of it.


    (Be honest with yourself! Data is stored temporarily for your eyes only. This also means you can go back and change your answers.)

    For any sin that you have been involved in, can you say that you heart has been changed about it - that you now hate the sin?

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    Have you experienced freedom from at least some sin in your life - are you able to control that which once had control over you?

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