I John 3:5

"And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin." Now you remember the word 'manifested' in Scripture, the best way I can explain it is just 'put up in a spotlight.' I always like to use the microscope -- the light under that slide, as soon as you turn it on everything that's on that slide is what? Manifested. Just brought right into view. All right, so it applies even here. Christ came in His first advent. He was just literally put on the spotlight of all of human history, to take away men's sins. Now we never want to forget that He came first and foremost to the Nation of Israel, but we'll be looking at that a little later. All right, and "In him (that is in Jesus of Nazareth) was no sin. Now verse 6. Consequently:


I John 3:6a

"Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not:...." Now that throws a curve at us, doesn't it? Because we certainly don't teach that we can reach a position of sinlessness. We all sin every day. But, I'm going to be showing that now, in these succeeding verses, that Divine nature that comes in as a result of our salvation cannot sin. It's Divine. And I'll show you how Paul deals with it as well. So don't let this throw a curve at you. Don't strike out on this. But we're talking about the Divine nature even for these Jewish believers, there had to be that born-again experience.


Now you remember John's Gospel chapter 3 is where that term comes from, when Jesus was dealing with who? Nicodemus. And what did He tell Nicodemus? "Except you be born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven." So, even the Jewish believers that we're dealing with here, had to have that concept of a new birth. Now it's amazing that Paul never uses the term "born again." I guess you know that. But he certainly speaks of that "new life" as we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. But he does not use the term "born again." So we have to look at these Jewish believers as having an understanding of that "new birth" as a result of their believing that Jesus was the Son of God, the Messiah of Israel.