“Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”
– 1 John 3:9
Bible teachers love to water this down. They say:
‘Oh, it can’t mean CAN NOT sin, because obviously we DO sin, so it must mean something else, like…we can’t continue sinning our whole lives, or…we can’t purposefully keep on sinning...’ etc etc etc.
The problem is with these ideas is, that is not what it says!
It says ‘Those who are born of God CAN NOT SIN.’
So, how do we interpret this?
See it through the GRACE lens.
Grace says God will never ever count our sin against us ever again. Grace says ‘Their sins and their lawless acts I will remember no more.’ Grace says ‘The Spirit of the LORD has anointed me to give freedom to the prisoners of sin.’
If we are in Christ, our sin was crucified with Christ.
“He appeared once to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
Do away with. Once. Forever.
Can sin rise from the dead like Christ ?
Anyone who turns to Christ has all of their sin, past present and future, crucified with Christ.
Therefore, as John says – we CAN NOT sin, because the moment we do, it is washed in the blood.
Joseph Prince describes it as like standing in a perpetual waterfall of cleansing and forgiveness.
Spurgeon says it’s as if we are bathing in Christ’s blood.
This is why we can not sin.
We are ALWAYS clean.
This is GRACE.