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THE RIGHTEOUSNESS TEST

I JOHN 3:4-9

KJV 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

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.

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. KJV

NASU 4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

5 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;

8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. NASU


Introduction:

John presents in these verses a test of righteousness. The heresy of his day called "gnosticism" said the spirit and flesh were different and god looked on the sin of a believer differently than he did a non-believer.


John did not agree and sets forth a test of righteousness. A person can only be righteous if they are right with god in Christ.

 

1.    Test Of Righteousness And The . . Practice of Sin. v 4, 6-9

 

2.    Test Of Righteousness And The . . Problem of Sin. v 4

 

3.    Test Of Righteousness And The . . Perception of Sin. v 4-5



 

1.   Test Of Righteousness and the . . Practice of Sin. v 4,6-9

4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. NASU


The Song “There Is A Fountain” Has a line of the song that says, "be saved to sin no more" that song deals with the problem of sin emphasized in the text, and is talking about the future state.


       A.   Those who do not . . Practice sin.  v 6-7

              {6} No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

(7)Little children, let no one deceive you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;


       1.    Those who abide in Christ. v 6 a

       2.    The one who knows Him. v 6 b

       3.    The One Who Practices Righteousness. v 7

              a.    Just as He is righteous.

              7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is
                 righteous;

       4.    The one born of God. v 9

                  9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because

              he is born of God.

                  a.    They have the seed of God in them.


       B.   Those who do . . Practice sin. v 8-9

{8} the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the

devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil. {9} No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.


       1.    One who is of the Devil. v 8 a

              a.    Never submitted to the work of Christ.


       2.    One who has not been born of God. v 9 a

              a.    No seed of God in them.


Illustration  Topic: Sin Date: 2/1986.15 Title: Staying under Sin

Falling into sin doesn't condemn anybody who claims to be a Christian, but staying in it does.


A visitor at a fishing dock asked an old fisherman who was sitting there, "If I were to fall into this water, would I drown?" It was a queer way of asking how deep the water was, but the fisherman had a good answer. "Naw," he said. "Fallin' into the water doesn't drown anybody. It's staying under it that does."


Application


A Lost Person May live In Sin, and Practice Sins



 

2.   Test Of Righteousness And The . . Problem of Sin. v 4

4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.


Introduction

All Christians have a battle with sin.


       1 Jn 1:8-2:1

       8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.

       9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all

              unrighteousness.

       10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.


       1 John 2:1-2

       2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have

       an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; NASU


Paul Had This to Say: Ro 7:19-8:1

19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.

20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.

21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.

22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,

23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.

24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?

25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. NASU


       A.   The Catholic Position.*

              1.    Mortal and Venial Sins.


       B.   The Gnostic Position.      *

              1,    Difference Between Sin of non Believer and Sin of a Believer.


       C.   The Old and New Nature Position. *

              1.    New Nature Does Not Sin It's the Old Nature.


       D.   The Ideal Position. *

              1.    Never Really Realized.


       E.   The Holiness Position. *

1.Sinless Perfection Can Be Realized. v 6 vs v 9

              a.    Perfection, Lose Salvation If Sin and Have to Be Born Again.


       F.   The Position of Deliberate and Non Deliberate Sin. *


       G.   The Habitual or Sinful Practice Position. *

1.The Christian Does Not Habitual Practice Sin.


1 Jn 3:4,8-9 NASU

4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. NASU


3:8 practices = continually practices. I.e., sins as a regular way of life. (Ryrie Study Bible.)

3:9 No one ... practices sin ... he cannot sin. I.e., cannot sin habitually.. . . Habitual actions indicate one's character. seed. I.e., the divine nature given the one born of God (cf. Jn 1:13; 2 Pe 1:4). This nature prevents the Christian from habitually sinning. (Ryrie Study Bible.)

 

     See The Epistles of John A Book by John Boyce.

 

Illustration  Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out!

Here's an interesting list of persons who were convinced that their

sins were hidden:


* The thief was sure that the church was a safe hideout. Just inside he spied a rope hanging. Up he climbed, only to hear the church bell ring out his location.


* In Mexico City a man snatched a woman's purse and dashed into

   a doorway to hide. It turned out to be the door of a police station.


* Shoplifting in a department store in Rochester, NY a man picked

   up an alarm clock and headed for the nearest exit. The clock,

   hidden under his coat, went off before he could get out to the store.


* A lineman for a professional football team often stayed out late,

   despite the club's curfew. He would pile things under his

   blankets, making it appear he was in bed. At one hotel, however,

   he couldn't find enough things to stuff the bed with, so he stuck

   a floor lamp under the covers and left. When a suspicious coach

   peeked in at 1 a.m. and snapped on the light switch, the bed lit up.


Application


Be sure your sin will find you out!


No One will escape the Problem of sin!



 

3.   Test Of Righteousness And The . . Perception of Sin. v 4-5

       (4) Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. {5} And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

 

       A.   Perception Of Sin As . . Lawlessness.  v 4

       (4) Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

 

              1.    Sin Is Unbelief

                     Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he

                     eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is

                     not of faith is sin. KJV

 

              2.    Sin Is Failing To Do Good.

                     James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do

                     good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. KJV

 

              3.    Sin Is Transgression, and Unrighteousness.

                     1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth

                     also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. KJV


                     1 John 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is

                     a sin not unto death. KJV

 

              4.    Sin Is Not Just Being Human.

                     a.    Sin Is Not Just a Mistake.

                     b.    Many Today Say, Do Not Give Me Any Rules.

                     c.    I Will Do it My Way.

 

       B.   Perception Of Sin As . . Liberated       v 5

{5} And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.


              1.    Liberated in His . . Coming.

              2.    Liberated In His . . CHARACTER.

              3.    Liberated in His . . CHOICES.

              4.    Liberated in His . . Cross.

 

Illustration:        Topic: Sin Index: 3338-3359 Title: the Last Supper

When Leonardo da Vinci was painting his masterpiece "The Last Supper", he sought long for a model for his Christ. At last he located a chorister in one of the churches of Rome who was lovely in life and features, a young man named Pietro Bandinelli. Years passed, and the painting was still unfinished. All the disciples had been portrayed save one -- Judas Iscariot.


Now he started to find a man whose face was hardened and distorted by sin -- and at last he found a beggar on the streets of Rome with a face so villainous; he shuddered when he looked at him. He hired the man to sit for him as he painted the face of Judas on his canvas. When he was about to dismiss the man, he said, "I have not yet found out your name." "I am Pietro Bandinelli," he replied, "I also sat for you as your model of Christ." -- Indian Christian


Application:


Sin takes it’s affect on a person’s life.


How do you perceive sin. Sin causes one to be scarred with it's hideous marks. It is lawlessness and many time produces lawless deeds.



Conclusion:

 

1.    Test Of Righteousness And The . . Practice of Sin. v 4, 6-9

 

2.    Test Of Righteousness And The . . Problem of Sin. v 4

 

3.    Test Of Righteousness And The . . Perception of Sin. v 4-5