John Chapter 3
verses for this week: Gal
2:16 Knowing that a man
is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus
Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be
justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law:
for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Last week, in Chapter 2, we studied about how that we have an
advocate with the Father in Jesus Christ.
The church was warned that many antichrists are already in
the world, and that we need to know how to identify those who are
against God. This week
we cover in greater detail the love of God.
We Are the Sons of God
John 3:1 Behold, what
manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be
called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because
it knew him not.
John 3:2 Beloved, now
are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we
shall see him as he is.
If it were not for the love of God for the lost souls of men,
all mankind would be destined for hell.
But the love of God shines down upon us through the love of
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Not everyone is a son of God. Only those who know Christ as Savior are ‘sons of God’.
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love
me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of
myself, but he sent me.
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot
hear my word.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father
ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie,
he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto
thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
We become the sons of God by divine birth.
Because we are the sons of God, the world does not understand
us. Those who reject
Christ should not be expected to understand the followers of Jesus.
Jesus pointed out that his own people received Him not.
If they did not recognize Him in person, we should not expect
the world to understand us.
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if
another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
Verse 2 points out that to become a son of God is not a
future hope but a present possession.
The person who receives Christ as their Savior becomes a son
of God at that very moment.
When Christ comes back for us, he will give us our glorified
bodies which will make us like him.
We will have greater knowledge than we have now.
We will know our loved ones who have gone to be with the Lord
John 3:3 And every man
that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Only the saved have this hope in them.
Therefore the saved purifieth (cleanses) himself since Christ
Albert Barnes made this comment on becoming pure.
as he is pure—The
same kind of purity
here, the same degree
hereafter. That is, the tendency of such a hope is to make him holy
now, though he may be imperfect; the effect will be to make him
“perfectly” holy in the world to come. It cannot be shown from
this passage that the apostle meant to teach that anyone actually
becomes as pure in the present life as the Saviour is, that is,
becomes perfectly holy; for all that is fairly implied in it is,
that those who have this hope in them aim at the same purity, and
will ultimately obtain
it. But the apostle does not say that it is attained in this world.
If the passage did
teach this, it would teach it respecting everyone
who has this hope, and then the doctrine would be that no one can be
a Christian who does not become absolutely perfect on earth; that
is, not that some Christians may
become perfect here, but that all actually do.
But none, it is presumed, will hold this to be a true doctrine. A
true Christian does not, indeed, habitually and willfully sin; but
no one can pretend that all Christians attain to a state of sinless
perfection on earth, or are, in fact,
as pure as the Saviour was. But unless the passage proves
that every Christian
becomes absolutely perfect in the present life, it does not prove
that in fact any do. It
(1) that the tendency, or the fair influence of this hope,
is to make the Christian pure;
(2) that all who cherish it will, in fact, aim to become as
holy as the Saviour was; and,
(3) that this object will, at some future period, be
accomplished. There is a world where all who are redeemed shall be
What is Sin?
John 3:4 Whosoever
committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the
transgression of the law.
John 3:5 And ye know
that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
4 says that sin is a transgression of the law.
All unrighteousness is sin.
John 5:17 All
unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
The very first man God created, Adam, sinned and transgressed
God’s law. Verse 17
was instructions from God that Adam and Eve were to follow.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of
the garden thou mayest freely eat:
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt
not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt
They ignored the command of God and went ahead and ate of the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
3:6 And when the woman
saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the
eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the
fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her;
and he did eat.
Jesus was manifested to take away our sins.
The bible is very clear that all men have sinned and come
short of the glory of God. But
the Lord came to take away our sins.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and
death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have
(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not
imputed when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them
that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression,
who is the figure of him that was to come.
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if
through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God,
and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath
abounded unto many.
And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the
judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many
offences unto justification.
For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more
they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of
righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men
to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift
came upon all men unto justification of life.
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so
by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But
where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace
reign through righteousness.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
2 Cor 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that
we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
John 3:6 Whosoever
abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him,
neither known him.
John 3:7 Little
children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is
righteous, even as he is righteous.
John 3:8 He that
committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the
beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he
might destroy the works of the devil.
When a person lives in continual sin, it is a good sign that
he is lost. The Holy
Spirit is always there to remind us that we should turn from sin and
come back to God. The
lost man has nothing that draws him back to God.
The person who commits sin is of the devil.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the
morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon
the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like
the most High.
Lucifer was an angel of God but when he sinned he became the
devil. The day he
sinned he had his beginning as Satan.
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and
say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full
of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious
stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the
beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the
carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes
was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set
thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked
up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast
created, till iniquity was found in thee.
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the
midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will
cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy
thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast
corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee
to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine
iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring
forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I
will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them
that behold thee.
All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished
at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
When God placed Lucifer in the garden of Eden before the
earth became void and without form, he was perfect. But when he decided to arise above God, he fell from that
lofty position. Christ
came to destroy the works of the devil.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and
blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through
death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their
lifetime subject to bondage.
J. Vernon McGee said this about how the soul sinneth not.
“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not”—that is,
that new nature of yours will not sin; it never sins. Dr. H. A.
Ironside puts it this way: “[Christ], this absolutely sinless One,
who in grace became sin for us that we might be reconciled to God,
dwells by the Spirit in the believer, and our new nature is really
His very life imparted to us.” If you are God’s child, that new
nature will not go along with the old nature and commit sin. The
believer who abides in Christ does not practice sin—he doesn’t
live in it. The sinner lives in it all the time, but the child of
God has a new nature, and he cannot live a sinful life. This is
pictured for us in the story of the Prodigal Son (see Luke
15:11–24). Only pigs live in pigpens; sons do not. Somebody will
say, “But the son got into the pigpen.” He surely did, my
friend, but he got out of
the pigpen, too—let’s remember that. The child of God can get
into it, but he will get out. Why? Because he is a son of the
Father, and he takes after his Father. His Father is righteous, and
the son wants to live that kind of life.
provides the power to deliver from the habit of sinning, and that is
all that John is saying here—“Whosoever abideth in him sinneth
not.” Now if you go off to the pigpen, that’s the old nature,
and if you stay in that pigpen, you never were God’s child. If you
can be happy in sin, my friend, then you are not God’s child
because God’s children have the nature of their Father
The Soul that is Born of God Does Not Sin
John 3:9 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.
John 3:10 In this the
children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:
whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that
loveth not his brother.
The soul that is born of God in the new spiritual birth can
not sin. This is
certainly not the flesh. Our
flesh did not get born again, and as long as we live we will face
the battle of the flesh and the spirit.
The soul and flesh are not the same.
At the resurrection we will receive a body that will not sin
Sons of God are to Live Together in Love
John 3:11 For this is
the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love
John 3:12 Not as Cain,
who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew
he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's
John 3:13 Marvel not,
my brethren, if the world hate you.
The message from the beginning was a message of love.
Cain slew Abel “because his works were evil.”
Cain was of that wicked one, the Devil.
We know that the world will hate the person who truly lives
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have
peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.
John 3:14 We know that
we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.
He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
John 3:15 Whosoever
hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath
eternal life abiding in him.
John 3:16 Hereby
perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren
Love for the our brethren is evidence that we have been born
again. To hate our
brother is spiritual murder. We
should be known as people of love, and our deeds should prove our
Christ laid down His life for us, we should be willing to lay down
our lives for our brethren.
This truly takes the grace of God.
John 3:17 But whoso
hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and
shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love
of God in him?
John 3:18 My little
children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed
and in truth.
True love will cause us to help our brother or sister in
need. Jesus said the
second great commandment was to love our neighbor as our self.
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
God can Assure our Hearts
John 3:19 And hereby we
know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before
John 3:20 For if our
heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all
John 3:21 Beloved, if
our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts.
He knows the things we are guilty of… even our minds and
intentions of the heart. If
our hearts condemn us, we can not expect God to answer our prayers.
We need to get our lives straightened out and then our
prayers will go through. When
our hearts condemn us, it tells us that we are not walking in a way
pleasing unto the Lord. The Holy Spirit will let us know when we are out of
fellowship with the Lord.
John 3:22 And
whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his
commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
John 3:23 And this is
his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus
Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
John 3:24 And he that
keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby
we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
The commandment God wants us to follow is to believe in Jesus
Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work
the works of God?
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God,
that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
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