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The Family of God or the Devil (1 John 3:7-10)

December 11, 2016 Preacher: Bob DeWaay

Scripture: 1 John 3:7-10

John continues to speak in absolute categories. He warns against allowing ourselves to be deceived by those who claim that our beliefs and actions do not matter. The devil introduced this lie in the Garden of Eden. Jesus called Satan “the father of the lie.” Jesus came to “unloose” the works of the devil. Since sin is lawlessness and Christ came to free us, those abide in Christ “cannot sin.” That means they cannot embrace lawlessness. John makes the categories absolute: we are either children of God or of the devil. Those who come to Christ on His terms will worship Him in spirit and truth without regard to physical location or supposed holy places.

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