As we have been going through the letter of 1 John, one of the big issues he is dealing with is the issue of sin and the believer. Last time we looked at a passage where John reminded the readers of their eternal hope in Christ and who they were going to become like, like Christ. However, he is concerned that sin is preventing the people from fully embracing their new identity in Christ.
1 John 3:7-10
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.