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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

I John 3:9 Correctly Explained

I have never seen a portion of scripture so mutilated as much as I John 3:9. The following notes will help guide you along with the video. Have you ever heard that if you are really saved, you will not want to go out and sin? Or if you are really saved, you might occasionally sin but you won't practice sin. I apologize for the jumps in the video but please bear with it.


 “I John 3:9 Correctly Explained”
Ralph “Yankee” Arnold
(I John 3:9 “Is it “Prasso” to Practice or “Poieo” not one single act?)

TEXT:         I John 3:4-10          

                    What Christ came to do was to destroy the Devil’s work

 I.  From Lawlessness to Righteousness 3:4-7
A.   Sin is Lawlessness 3:4
The Definition of Sin: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”     
B.   Christ took away sin 3:5,6
1. His Purpose    “ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins;”
2. His Person        “and in him is no sin.”
3. The Result of Abiding           “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not:” 
 To abide speaks of the believer’s:
·      Position in Christ that does not and cannot change
·      Walk in obedience to God’s Word which can change moment by moment
Remember; perfectly abiding brings perfect obedience, but due to our old nature, perfect abiding & obedience is impossible. Sin is the Christian’s life is the result of not abiding in Christ, but walking in the flesh.

“whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.”, is a reference to the Old Man (child of the Devil). These scriptures are more easily understood if they are perceived as a comparison to the Old Man (from saved man or lost man) and the New Man (Christian only).

C.   Christ Produces Righteousness 3:7
“Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” 
I.     From Sin to Love 3:8-10
A.   Sin is from the Devil 3:8a          “He that committeth sin is of the devil; 
B.   Christ Destroyed the Works of the Devil 3:8b-9
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  Whosoever is born of God (New Birth) doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
C.   Christ Produces Righteousness and Love 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.”
Therefore, if a child of God abides in the Lord, he too will produce acts of righteousness and love.
I John 3:9 “Is it “Prasso” to Practice or “Poieo” not one single act?
Greek Strong's Number: 4238
Greek Word: πράσσω
Phonetic Pronunciation:pras'-so

Usage Notes: English Words used in KJV:
do 28 - commit 5 - exact 1 - require 1 - deed 1 - keep 1 - use arts 1 - [Total Count: 38] 
“Prasso”               Greek – 4238         to “practise”, i.e. perform repeatedly or habitually  (thus differing from (poieo), which properly refers to a single act);
Greek Strong's Number: 4160
Greek Word: ποιέω
Phonetic Pronunciation:poy-eh'-o
 “Poieo”                Greek - 4160 which properly refers to a single act;                        
commit, deeds, do, exact, keep, require, use arts.
—Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary

1Jn 3:9  WhosoeverG3956 is bornG1080 ofG1537 GodG2316 doth notG3756 commit G4160 sin;G266 forG3754 hisG848 seedG4690 remainethG3306 inG1722 him:G846 andG2532 he cannotG1410 G3756 sin,G264 becauseG3754 he is bornG1080 ofG1537 God.G2316 

1Jn 3:4  WhosoeverG3956 committeth G4160 sin

1Jn 3:7  Little children,G5040 let no manG3367 deceiveG4105 you:G5209 he that doethG4160 righteousnessG1343 isG2076 righteous,G1342 even asG2531 heG1565 isG2076 righteous.G1342 

1Jn 3:8  He that committethG4160 sinG266 isG2076 ofG1537 theG3588 devil;G1228

Jesus explains the two natures
Mat 7:17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil 
Mat 7:18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, (Cannot bring forth one single evil fruit)
neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. (Cannot bring forth one single good fruit)
Mat 7:19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 
Mat 7:20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Remember: The Believer has two natures)

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