Are you experiencing the deepest intimacy with God that you can? Do you soar in the heavens with Holy Spirit? If your answer to this kind of life is no, it is because barriers are chaining you down. If you are not soaring through this series, I will help you to understand what chains are preventing you from soaring.
You were designed to fly according to your new birth in Christ.
7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one 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. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 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 God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. 1 John 3:7-10
One of the most difficult sections of the Bible to interpret is 1 John. This is the second look at the purpose of right living. We already looked at right living (1 John 1:5−2:2) and we learned that known sin in the life of a believer is a barrier to a close walk with God, but through genuine confession of that sin, the barrier is removed.
In this further development of right living (1 John 2:29−3:10) we can see that when a Christian knowingly sins, he is acting out of character. He is living contrary to God’s design for him. He’s a golden eagle living like a prairie chicken, chained to the earth.
So, if a Christian who knowingly sins is acting out of character and does not enjoy fellowship with our Lord, our question should be, “What does a child of God do, then? What is the sign or fruit of his or her actions?” The answer is found in verse 7: “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7). Just as God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all, because it is His nature, in the same way, if you see someone doing divine righteousness you can know it is coming from God’s divine nature in that person. In other words, the person doing divine righteousness is born again, he has God’s divine nature. John goes from the deeds to the character, from the fruit to the root.
Divine roots produce divine fruits.
Having God’s divine nature does not mean that we are exactly like God. We have some of His nature which was given to us when we were born again. He shares some of His nature and through us He can produce the fruits of the Spirit in us.
As children of God, we were designed to soar in the sky, to display God’s essence all around us. God is love, His Spirit in us produces love. God is holy, that is why He wants us to be holy, just as He is holy. God living in us produces divine fruit. It is natural, it is not mechanic, it is not something that we can produce out of our own strength. It comes from God.
Be who you were designed to be, do not allow sin to hinder you from experiencing maximum joy.
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Advertisements The Cancer of Sin In this series of posts, we will look at the New Testament book of 1 John. A letter written by John to the church. Through this letter, we can understand that as Christians we can be certain of our salvation and our position before God. We have been forgiven andContinue reading →