December 27 — Sin is an Accident for the Saint (1 John 5:18)

            1 John 5:18: “We are knowing that everyone who has been born of God is not continually sinning. But He who was born of God is keeping him, and the evil one is not laying hold of him.”

            Verse 18: “We are knowing that everyone who has been born of God is not continually sinning. But He who was born of God is keeping him, and the evil one is not laying hold of him.”

In this verse, John is affirming that anyone “born of God” is a person whose true, inward nature is inherently sinless.

A believer’s new man or new self, is fundamentally impervious to sin. Hence, “the evil one” is not able to be “laying hold of him.”

Sin is no longer a pattern of life for a Christian. As we discovered earlier, sin for the Christian is an accident rather than a way of life. We have been released from the power of sin by the new divine nature within – the seed of life.

“But He who was born of God is keeping him, and the evil one is not laying hold of him.” This phrase could be translated: “but he who was born of God is keeping himself.”

Psalm 119:9, 11: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your word, I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”

“And the evil one is not laying hold of him,” or he “is not kindling a fire, is not clinging to him, cannot harm him, cannot even touch him.”

This reminds me of the restraint the Lord placed upon Job at the time of his testing.

Jesus said to Simon Peter in Luke 22:31-32: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Colossians 3:2: “My life is hidden with Christ in God.”

John 17:15: “I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.”

Let’s worship and praise the Lord this morning by singing verses 1 and 2 of Fanny Crosby’s wonderful hymn, “He Hideth My Soul”: “A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, A wonderful Savior to me; He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, Where rivers of pleasure I see. A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, He taketh my burden away; He holdeth me up, and I shall not be moved, He giveth me strength as my day. He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock That shadows a dry, thirsty land; He hideth my life with the depths of His love, And covers me there with His hand, And covers me there with His hand.”