The Man Who Does Not Sin

January 18, 2007

Whoever has been born of the Spirit does not sin. He was not conceived in sin and was not born in sin. He is never related to sin because he has been born of God. Anyone who is born from below commits sin. But anyone who is born again from above does not sin and cannot sin.

It is written, “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9).

The spiritual is born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of the will of God. Anyone who has been born of the will of God does not sin and cannot sin.

Whoever has been born again (from above) can see the kingdom of God. It is written, “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). He is not of this world because he has been born from above. It is written, “But he continued, ‘You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.'” (John 8:23).

Therefore, Jesus said about those who are born again (from above), “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” (John 17:16).

However, when he is born again (from above), he is not yet separated from the body of sin, who has been born first. Even though he is born of God, when he is an infant, he coexists with the body of sin, who has been born first and is a slave to sin.

The Bible says about it, “She also said, ‘Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.’ So the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing. Therefore she said to Abraham, ‘Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, namely with Isaac.’ And the matter was very displeasing in Abraham’s sight because of his son. But God said to Abraham, ‘Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.'” (Genesis 21:7-12).

Anyone who is born again (from above), as long as he is a nursing infant, coexists with a slave to sin, who cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Isacc the son of the free woman is falsely accused of the sins that Ishmael the son of the slave woman commits. So some may mistakenly think that Isacc sins. In fact, because the slave of sin was born 14 years earlier, he is stronger than Isacc. Being made a prisoner of the slave of sin, Isacc cannot do the good that he wants to do and is brought into captivity to the law of sin that he does not want.

The Bible says about it, “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:1-5).

Being born as a son is not the end; becoming a son is necessary. So the law of sin becomes his tutor. For a while, that is, until the day the son is weaned and the body of sin loses its authority, he coexists with the sin and fights the good fight.

And so, the Bible says about the son, “For to which of the angels did He ever say: ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You’? And again: ‘I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son’?” (Hebrews 1:5). This passage says about the process of being His Son: Being born as His Son, and again, becoming His son.

Anyone who is born again (from above) does not sin. It is the body of sin that commits sin. The Bible says about the message of the cross: The body of sin is done away with and we should no longer be slaves to sin. It is written, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7).

Therefore, if Isacc continues only with his mother Sarah, being apart from Ishmael, Ishmael the slave of sin will be cast out and the light will be separated from the darkness on that day, that is, on this day Isacc is weaned. God will greatly rejoice over it. The Bible calls it God’s rest. It is written, “for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.” (Hebrews 4:10).

It is written, “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.” (Romans 7:19-20). Amen. Let’s be weaned and put away childish things and wait for only the Lord who is to come, apart from sin. Thank you, Lord.

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