2013-03-10 - Dealing with Sin
The Epistles of John ~ Part 102 ~ 1 John 5
John comes from a different position. Not only does he call believers to hold to the teachings of sound doctrine, but he requires an acknowledgement of sin as such, and dealing with it. That which is contrary to God, is of the devil, even if appearing positive. We are to reject that which is false, and to help those in the body who have been led astray.
What is our responsibility to restore one another? Does loving each other, and demonstrating unconditional acceptance of people, mean we are also to excuse their sin?
In this closing section of the first epistle of John, the author moves from a focus on discriminating against the false prophets' non-biblical doctrines. Instead, he identifies the benefits we have as believers, and expresses concern over the problem of sin within the church. He provides some direction as to how to deal with this sin.
First, John has already made it clear that believers are no longer bound to sin.
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin" (1 John 2:1a).
John also makes it clear when we do sin, we have an advocate with the Father.
"But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense?Jesus Christ, the Righteous One" (1 John 2:1b).
John goes on, in this section, to show we have a responsibility to one another. We are to help each other to deal with sin in our lives.
To be continued.
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