The Apostle John has written that “We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him” (I John 5:18).
This truth he mentions here of knowing that Christian do “not keep on sinning” is something we see several times in John’s 1st Epistle.
“If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (I John 1:10).
“No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. … 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” (I John 3:6, 9).
Now to be fair, Christians sin (Romans 3:23) and they sin often, but they are not habitual sinners. In other words, they may occasionally choose sin but they will never live together in harmony with their sin. They will not habitually love their sin,
And when a Christian does choose to sin, he won’t remain in it. He will confess and repent. The one who remains in sin, loves his sin, and can’t wait to sin again is not a believer.
Why is this the case? Because Jesus freed us from that bondage. His death canceled the power of sin over us.
How do we know that? John says the Christian sees “God protect him, and the evil one does not touch him.” It means the Devil can’t do anything of eternal value to you. No one – even the most powerful demon – can snatch us out of the Father’s hand (John 10:28).
The Devil has no ability to fasten himself onto the Christian and destroy his life. He cannot steal his eternal birthright or remove his heritage. The Devil can tempt us to sin; he can deceive us unto thinking sin is good (Genesis 3), he can even afflict us, but he cannot and will not and has no inkling of power to bring you back into bondage to him!
That is tremendous news for all of us! He cannot hurt us because Our Protector is greater and stronger than our enemy!
In Romans 6:17, Paul writes, about our new slavery. We are no longer slaves to sin but slaves to a different master he says –
“But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. … For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. … But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life” (Romans 6:17-18, 20, 22).
We are not under sin’s dominion; this life we now have is a slavery to grace (Romans 6:14).
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