I John 3:4-10

Born of God


Today we hear people say, “That person is a born again Christian.” This statement is entirely inaccurate because there isn’t any other kind of Christians. You cannot be a Christian who is not born again. John uses this term “born again” in his gospel as he records Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, “Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. “The term actually has a two fold meaning: First, It means born anew, suggesting as Paul says, “A new creature or creation.” (II Cor. 5:17) Second, it means “born from above,” suggesting the location where the birth took place. Your birth certificate has been registered in heaven. It is out of this world! Phil. 3:20

  1. Sin Incompatible with the Law of God

    1. Contrastive statements

      1. Sin with righteousness – v.4-7

      2. The origin of sin and the devil with the work of Christ defeating the devil – v. 8-10

    2. Defining Sin

      1. Transgression against the Law of God and rebellion against God – John 3:20; Rom. 8:7; Jam. 2:10

      2. Before the Law sin existed – Rom. 5:13; Isa. 53:6; Heb. 3:13

    3. Sin’s Origin – v.8a

      1. There is a fundamental connection between sin and devil

      2. Sin was excused by the Gnostics

    4. The Work of Christ – v.5,8b

      1. Christ came to take away the sins of His people – I John 2:2; Job 14:17; Micah 7:19; Psalm 103:12; II Cor. 5:21

        1. Dear Unbeliever – Matt. 11:28-30

        2. Dear Christian – I Pet. 5:7

      2. Christ came to destroy the works of the devil – v.8

John 12:31, 32; I John 4:4; Col. 1:13

  1. Sin Incompatible with the New Birth

    1. We must not sin –v.6 Various interpretations

      1. Roman Catholic theology – (mortal and Venial sin)

      2. Old and New Nature – The new nature does not sin – II Pet. 1:4

      3. Holiness movement – Perfect sanctification

      4. Deliberate sin

      5. Adequate Interpretation – Christians cannot commit lasting or habitual sin. ( KJV, NASV, ESA)

    2. Why cannot the Christian persist in sin?

Ans. Because those who belong to God have God’s seed –v.9

What exactly is that seed? (I Pet. 1:23)

Ans. The nature of God v.7, 10


An appeal to righteousness. 7, 10

  1. John makes this appeal because the Christian has the capacity to live a righteous life.

  2. John does not make this appeal to the unregenerate or the unconverted. They do not have the nature of God but have the nature of the devil.

Pastor Nick Iamaio Reformed Presbyterian Church 207 South First Street, Fulton, NY 13069 Web Site fultonrpc.org