THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF THE BORN-AGAIN
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin”
(1 John 3:9)
It is the great privilege of the children of God that they are freed from the power of sin. The new birth changes us so fundamentally that ‘whosoever is born of God… doesn’t sin.’ This Scriptural statement, however, has resulted in much confusion. I shall clarify both parts.
To be born of God is to experience drastic change (that is why ‘birth’ is an apt analogy). Previous to birth, the child has little to no awareness of his/her dependence on the world around them, but once born they begin to experience life in that world. So, too, with us. The new birth allows us to experience life in God.
What better privilege than power over sin? Those who are born of God do not sin! By sin, I mean a voluntary transgression of a known law of God. By do not, I mean that while they remain in step with God, they never sin. It is possible to fall out of step with God, but it is impossible to stay in step and sin.
David and Peter are good examples of godly men who fell out of step with God. David was a man after God’s own heart, but when temptation came he fell out of step with God and sinned. Peter was a Spirit-filled Apostle of Christ, but he, too, gave way to temptation. When we fail to stay in step with God, our faith fails. And when our faith fails, all sin is possible. So… stay in step with the Lord!