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Explain 1 John 3:5-9

Is there anyone out there who can explain 1 John 3:5-9 in a way that can be understood by the even the youngest of us in Christ.

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Jarat, the drug marijuana is not the Holy Spirit, neither is the Holy Spirit a plant incense that is burned. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ Jesus, whom is not of earth, but of heaven, holy, pure and undefiled.
---Eloy on 12/19/11

being born of the spirit means eating the tree of life canabis is the incense the bible talks about burning the "spirit" to "enter the kingdom" means enter the "gateway" eat from "the tree of life" MARIJUANA is THE SPIRIT OF GOD malichi 1:11 My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place "INCESNE" and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD Almighty.12 But you profane it by saying, The Lords table is defiled, and, Its food is contemptible. 13 And you say, What a burden! and you sniff at it contemptuously, says the LORD Almighty.
---JARAT on 12/18/11

1 John 3:5 Christ came to earth as ahuman to take away our sin

1 John 3:6 WHoever believes in Christ does not live a life of sin.

1 John 3:7 Do not let anyone fool you, the righteous are those who do what is right based on Gods commandments

1 John 3:8 Those who live a life dedicated to breaking the commandments of God are of the devil. he is the original law breaker.

1 John 3:9 Whosesoever is born of God does not live a life of sin, because the spirit of God is in him, and the spirit of God does not sin or cause us to sin.
---francis on 11/16/10

Hi, I take this passage as the opposite of Hebrews 10:26-31. Also in 2 Corinthians 5:17,"Old things have passed away, behold all things are become new." Scripture teaches that our very nature has been changed. If we have truly been born again, our very nature and desire to sin willfully have been replaced with the righteous desire of God. Time and testing will reveal our true nature. With fear and trembling, make certain that your position in Christ is secure. What will it take to cause you to turn your back on God? You can know that you are in Him according to 1John 2:3-6. We will, as Paul described in Romans 7:15-25, struggle with our flesh, but our nature has been changed and is now "born of His seed".
God bless you!
---Cris on 10/26/10

Once we are born again, the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts, and He begins to manifest the character of Christ through us. This doesn't mean that we won't stumble in our walk. We are babes in Christ, and He is teaching us how to walk. Babies fall down many times before they learn how to walk, but even after we begin to learn to walk we still stumble. It is a process of growing in the Word of God. If you have truely received Christ as your Lord and Savior, then eventually you will grow to maturety in the Word, and as you grow you'll become more obedient and faithful. It is a process that will continue until the day of His return. He manifests His Spirit in you in such a way that you will be miserable living in sin, and you'll repent.
---Bryan on 1/28/09

I'll do my best! Scripture does not mean that once a person is saved he never sins again! Because we know we do. However, It does mean, that once a person is saved he no longer lives in sin. That is his life is no longer characterized by sin. [As the lives of false teachers here are]. Any person who's truly born-again, now, pay attention>>>Has been made right with God. You are now His friend and God is your friend, [no longer God's enemy].. WE, God's true people, lives righteously. Made right with God. Because of Jesus Christ and His Blood. Born-again. Hallelujah+
---catherine on 1/4/09

its speaking of a definite difference between the one who habitually practices sin with intention.
contrasting the one who with intent habitually practices righteousness.
anyone who desires to please God will put themselves under discipleship to God's word and leadership of the Holy Spirit. and when sin is identified, even while he's still weak in yielding over and over, that believer will still diligently seek God on how to quit.
---opalgal on 1/4/09

This can be a very difficult thing to understand, but it simply means that you can not serve Christ and continually live in sin. This does not mean that we will not ever sin because we are Christians. Everyone will sin but those who sin and know that it is a sin, but do it anyway, can not serve Christ. If you sin on purpose without any hesitation, you can not live for Christ.
---Grant on 1/3/09

OH, bless your heart. I'll try>>>Christians no longer lives a life of sin. We work at staying right with God. And we have the conviction of the Person of the Holy Ghost. Do not misinterpret scripture. Scripture does not mean that Christians never sin, because we do. But, our lives are not characterized by sin. Living in sin is the opposite to Christianity, for Christ came to take away sin. [False teachers fail the test, they are not born of God at all, whatever they may have claimed].
---catherine on 9/8/08

verses 5-9 are speaking about habitual sin or a lifestyle of sin. in other words a life in which there is no change. this is impossible for a true believer because he has the annointing of the Holy Spirit.
---don on 9/5/08

The very simple way to understand this is that Jesus was explaining to Nicod. that he had to be born again, by baptism--by water...which symblizes cleansing. Some like to say that it is the process of dying to self, thus being reborn. I know that was quick but space is limited...if you need more let me know!
---Chanda on 12/18/07

Josef::The expression "There is no gain without pain"replace the word 'pain' with 'endeavour'.The world we live in is wordly sinful called the devils playground.How does one get out of or above this atmosphere By ENDEAVOUR(Space Program) Being the best that you can,striving to reach the goal of Perfection. This is what we as Followers of Christ have to do live our lives in this morass of iniquity.Hoping that God will see our ENDEAVOUR to remain Pure & sinless,which is perfection as HE is.
---Emcee on 9/5/07

I short it says Jesus came to remove the sins of the world. That we should be careful not to be mislead by the great deceiver Satan. That if you continue to practice sin you cannot, or do not believe in Jesus and His work on the cross. If you are born again you will not practice (or repeat the same) sin continually. That Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan.
---denna7667 on 9/5/07

It means He wants us to be righteous as He is righteous. So, we trust You, God, to do what only You can know this means. You want us to be the way **You*** are righteous...not SELF-righteous or just legally righteous and right in doctrine.

But God wants us to s-h-a-r-e with Him in how He Himself is righteous. In order for us to become righteous like God, He makes each of us
"one spirit with Him" (in 1 Corinthians 6:17), so we are one with Him.
He wants us THIS intimate with Him.
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/5/07

If you read on, maybe you can see what this means, to be "righteous as He is righteous". Verse 10 > we need to love our brother, "we should love one another (in v. 11), like Jesus "we also ought to lay our lives down for the brethren" (in v. 16), and help those in need (v. 17). By being loving the way God is loving, we are righteous as He is righteous. So, being righteous is not just about if we do certain sin actions or not, but how we love.
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/5/07

When saved, sin is not counted against us, we are forgiven always. We are dead to sin.
How else can we be saved?
It only makes sense, we cannot sin because Jesus took sin away. He became sin for us.
We were born again...our new nature is who we are.
---duane on 9/5/07

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Notice how John during Revelation fell down to worship an angel (Revelation 19:9-10). This was John who was "in the Spirit on the Lord's Day" (Revelation 1:10), and right while he was receiving the vision of Revelation. And Peter who had received the Hoy Spirit then betrayed Gentile Christians > Galatians 2:11-13. So, even though these were close to God and were His Apostles, they actually sinned. We always need to be careful, be ready to admit when we have done wrong.
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/4/07

I'm still working on what exactly these verses mean...but the impression I'm getting from replies so far is that if you are saved you no longer this what most of you think? I am saved but I also recognize that we are born with a sin nature and when we are saved we still have that sin nature but now we also have a spiritual nature and both fight each other...therefor even though we are saved, we still sin...ONLY Jesus is completely sinless...
---Me on 9/4/07 I also recognize that if we read these passages straight through, it seems as though they are telling us that we do not sin after being saved and if we do, we are not saved. I believe that the verses mean something different...but I'm not sure what that is yet...I have talked to pastors about it and read some studies and have come up with a few if you have a thought to throw in, come on....
---Me on 9/4/07

3:8 The one who carries on as if God cannot see him is of his Father the devil, ("he who commiteth") is more clearly said he who partners with or widely practices; is in league with the Devil whom God will destroy.
3:9 Whosoever is born of the spirit shall follow Christ and would trade his own skin to remain true to the love that's been shown.
---Pharisee on 3/20/07

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The passage is self-explanatory. When you are born-again you are like Christ and you do not sin, but when you are not born-again you are unregenerate. Either Christ or sin inhabits the temple, but not both, and it is not possible to live in Christ and live in sin too. The tree is known by the fruit that it bears: whether a good tree, which can bear only good fruit, or a bad tree, which bears bad fruit.
---Eloy on 5/26/06

Thank you all. These responses where not only biblically based and inspired, they also show that you all are Spirit filled and lead. I appreciate your sincere desire to clarify this. I hear you and will by my Fathers grace implement what I have been privileged to understand with the help of your insight. Bless you all.
---josef on 5/25/06

I think it means that when ever God looks at his children he sees Christ/sinlessness. Christ already paid for any sins we commit. He is like a blanket covering us keeping us warm from the cold outside. If we decide then to not follow Christ anymore fall back into our old ways not caring if we do wrong then we take off Christ/the blanket covering us and become satans child. So when God looks at us now he sees our sin.
---judit4846 on 5/25/06

v8. He who commits sin is of the devil He was talking about a person committed to sin. He was talking about unbelievers.
---Rickey on 5/25/06

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The key: SEED = Christ
Truely born again do not willfully sin. Christ is enthroned in their hearts. Christ + willful commission of sin do not operate at the same time from the same heart.
Deliberate sin = separation from JCh&HS. They are through their love for Christ constrained from walking contrary to His will. However, the word "sin" here from a Greek term meaning "continuous/habitual sinning" does not exclude the occasional stumble from which we repent sincerely. P.
---Pierr5358 on 5/25/06

"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God".-- The man who is born of God is the one who has accepted Jesus Christ. It is God's seed(The Lord Jesus Christ)that remains in him(the believer). So any sins committed by a believer falls upon the Lord Jesus and he takes the believers responsibility on himself. Having already paid for the sins of course.
---mima on 5/25/06

3:5 Christ lived and died for us (John 1:12)
3:6 If you live for Christ the sins you'd otherwise readily run to (mine are different from yours) you'll deny yourself. (1 John 1:8) Cross Reference: There's no way to absolutely keep yourself free from sin, sometimes we sin and don't know it.
3:7 He who follows the spirit of truth by faith is righteous, not that he cannot sin but as much as he can chooses not to.
---Pharisee on 5/24/06

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