9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.” (I John 3:9-10)
Jesus Christ came to earth to deliver sinners from the penalty, power and eventual presence of sin, to destroy the works of the devil and to define, determine and establish children of God. In other words, to choose His elect.
Those who have been born of God are those who do not make a practice of sinning. This is because “God’s seed abides in him.” Seed (σπέρμα; sperma) means nature. God has replaced the sinner’s old nature with a new nature that occurs through the Holy Spirit’s work of regeneration. The believer is now a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
John the apostle again sets forth, in a cause and effect statement, that “By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother” (I John 3:10).
The practice of righteousness, or the present, active performance from the heart of the believer for the things which please God, is evidence that the individual in question is born of God. The absence of the practice of righteousness is evidence that the individual is a child belonging to the devil.
One of the practices of righteousness in particular is the act of loving a brother in Christ. This is a present, active self-sacrificial love of the will for a fellow believer in Christ. It is a love described in I Corinthians 13:1-8a. As we will see later on in I John, it is a love sourced and originated from God (I John 4:7-8).
Are you born of God? One of the biblical evidences of such a claim is obedience to the Word and will of God. May such obedience been evident in our lives today.
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!