3 This is how we know† that we know him: if we keep his commands.† 4 The one who says, “I have come to know him,” and yet doesn’t keep his commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps his word,† truly in him the love of God is made complete. This is how we know we are in him:† 6 The one who says he remains in him† should walk just as he walked. 1 John 2 CSB
I quoted that from the Christian Standard Bible CSB because it is so clear and it provides references for further study at each †. To bad most translations don’t.
We are to be doers of the Word. “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22 CSB
We do what is right because we have been born of God. “28 So now, little children, remain in him so that when he appears† we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming.† 29 If you know that he is righteous, you know this as well: Everyone who does what is right† has been born of him.†” 1 John 2 CSB
The one who does right is righteous. “7 Children, let no one deceive you. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.” 1 John 3 CSB
Whoever does not do what is right is not of God. “10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children become obvious. Whoever does not do what is right is not of God, especially the one who does not love his brother or sister.” 1 John 3 CSB
Here is the context in which John puts that contrast between God’s children and the devil’s children.
1 See what great love† the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children — and we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know him. 2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed.† We know that when he appears,† we will be like him† because we will see him as he is.† 3 And everyone who has this hope† in him purifies himself just as he is pure.†
4 Everyone who commits sin practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he was revealed so that he might take away sins,†† and there is no sin in him.† 6 Everyone who remains in him† does not sin;†† everyone who sins† has not seen him or known him.
7 Children, let no one deceive you. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 The one who commits† sin is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God† was revealed† for this purpose: to destroy the devil’s works. 9 Everyone who has been born of God† does not sin,† because his seed† remains in him; he is not able to sin,† because he has been born of God. 10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children become obvious. Whoever does not do what is right is not of God, especially the one who does not love his brother or sister.† 1 John 3 CSB
Kretzmann gives us perspective on that Word.
Here the apostle shows that deliberate, malicious sinning is incompatible with the new life of the Christians: Every one that commits sin commits also lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. That the apostle makes a distinction between sins of malice and those of weakness, such as come upon a person unawares, is seen from chap. 2:1.
Of the former he speaks in this passage. Every one that is in the habit of committing sins thereby places himself in lasting opposition to the Law of God. He commits lawlessness, he deliberately does the opposite of that which the holy will of God demands of all men; he performs what God hates, what He has threatened to punish with temporal death and eternal damnation.
Now it is true, in general, with regard to the sins of all men: And you know that He was manifested to bear our sins, and sin is not in Him. This is the gist of the Gospel-message, the great truth with which all believers are familiar. Christ was manifested. He came into the world. He appeared in the fullness of time in order to bear and take away our sins, to atone for all the sins of all mankind, to offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice of propitiation for all time. The handwriting which was against us has been completely wiped out through the salvation of Christ. His sacrifice had such infinite worth because in Him there is no sin; He is the innocent Lamb of God, His blood, as that of the holy Son of God, is the complete price of ransom for all the guilt that was heaped up before the just God.
From this fundamental fact it follows: Every one that remains in Him does not sin; every one that sins has not seen Him nor known Him. Our knowledge of the salvation of Christ is a living knowledge, a living faith. It is through this faith that we have fellowship with Christ, that we are and remain in Christ. In this union the Christian as such does not sin, he refuses to serve sin, he keeps his heart, mind, and thoughts away from sinful things, he will not yield his members to be servants of unrighteousness, Rom 6:1-14.
On the other hand, every one that persists in sin, in lawlessness, in opposition to God’s holy will thereby gives evidence that he has not seen nor known Christ by faith. If a person is in any way a willing servant of sin and still tries to persuade himself and others that he is a Christian, he is merely deceiving himself. Note; These words of the apostle do not state, as the so-called perfectionists claim, that a Christian here on earth will reach a stage in which he, in his own person, is sinless. Because we still have our sinful nature to contend with, therefore we Christians are prone to stumble and even to fall. It is according to the new man that we are pure in the sight of God, for the sake of Christ’s righteousness; it is according to our regenerated self that we do not commit sin and keep all our members in subjection unto holiness. But our carnal self, the old Adam, transgresses the will of God in countless instances, thus imposing upon us the duty to wage incessant warfare against it, as St. Paul has so clearly pictured it, Rom. 7:14-24.
Instruction in right doing. 16 Every Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for convincing, for correction of error, and for instruction in right doing; 17 so that the man of God may himself be complete and may be perfectly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3 WNT
16 All Scripture is inspired by God†† and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.† 2 Timothy 3 CSB
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