I John 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." John is emphasizing the 'doing' part. Now that reminds me. Come back to Exodus chapter 19. This is what makes Bible study so interesting, when you see how everything fits. Now, everything pertaining to Israel once they get the Law here in Exodus, is legalism. It's works. Of course, it's always based on faith. Never leave faith out of the mix, but for Israel it was faith and works. And in order to get the full picture I have to go all the way up to verse 3. Israel has just come out of Egypt. They've crossed the Red Sea. And they're gathered around Mount Sinai. And we pick it up in verse 3:
"So Moses went up unto God, (that is up on Mount Sinai) and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; (how many Gentiles in that? Not a one) 4. Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings and brought you unto myself." In other words, miraculously brought them out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and all the way over to Mount Sinai.
"Now therefore, (since the nation is separated from Egypt) if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6. And ye shall be (in the future) unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak to the children of Israel." Now look at the next verse, verse 7.
"And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. 8. And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will (what?) do...." Well what is that? That's works. Whatever you want us to do to satisfy you, we'll do it. Foolish words, of course, but nevertheless, that was the whole idea. And so, under Law, it was faith plus doing the works, it wasn't just faith plus nothing, like we have today. All right, now, if you'll come back with me to I John again for a moment, and let's look at verse 10 again -- and for these Jews that John is writing to, this is right on.
I John 3:10b
"...whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God,...."