First announced in Eden, God in Christ has a cosmic program to destroy the works of the Devil; we are to take part in Christ's work to defeat all His enemies.
Scripture: 1 John 3:4-10
- John counters errors in the early church by showing that habitual persistence in a lifestyle of sin is contrary to the purpose of Christ’s first appearing.
- Sin is universal; if we say that we’re sinless and that we have no need of redemption then we are liars.
- Sin is willful rebellion against God’s law. The law identifies sin and is integral to the gospel (1 Tim. 1:8-11).
- Lawlessness is a repeated theme in Scripture; there is an antithesis between the destiny of righteousness and lawlessness (2 Thes. 2:1-12).
- John, the apostle of love, speaks strongly against lawlessness and antinomianism.
- We see the total collapse of law and order in this week’s world news. Only Christ is the answer to this lawlessness.
- The world excuses sin as mere personality problems.
- As in the early church, likewise today many Christians reject the law of God and deny their own sinfulness.
- Jesus came not to destroy the law (Matt. 5:17-19) but to take away sin (1 Jn. 3:5).
- Christ was sinless that He might remove our sin (2 Cor. 5:21) and obtain victory over sin and death.
- If the purpose of Christ was to remove sin, then no one who lives in Him makes a practice of sinning.
- Despite attempts to endorse sin by some clergy, it is impossible to reconcile lawlessness and Christ.
- Today Christian leaders are leading Christians morally astray. Christ and sin are not compatible.
- It is absurd to claim to be righteous without practicing righteousness. It is impossible to be a Christian and live a lifestyle of rebellion. John says, let no one deceive you.
- In the Fall we find the origin of the enmity between God and sin; because of this enmity, sin, the Devil and all his works must be destroyed.
- God in Christ has a cosmic program to destroy the works of the Devil which was first announced in Eden (Gen. 3:15).
- The works of the Devil are all those things he has put in the world to destroy God’s creation: conflict, sickness, disease, intellectual error, temptation to sin, pornography, no-fault divorce, false prophecy, heresy, etc.
- Sin puts us at war with God and poisons our relationships.
- Christ came to destroy the works of the Devil. We are to take part in Christ’s work to put all His enemies under his footstool (Psalm 110).
- In the gospel, deliverance from the penalty of sin is coupled with deliverance from the power and corruption of sin.
- If we compromise regarding sin and Satan we put ourselves at enmity with God.
- The one born of God bears His name and therefore must reflect a life of deliverance from the power of sin.
- Christians do stumble and fall into occasional sin. What sets apart true believers is that we confess our sins and repent regularly.
- Sin which is of a settled character which we do not struggle against may indicate that we are not born of God.
- God is the creator of all mankind; but He is the Father only of those covenantally related to God in Christ.
- What was Jesus’ mission with respect to the law? What was His mission with respect to sin?
- When does it become necessary to identify false teachers who try to reconcile Christian faith with lawlessness?
- What are the works of the Devil?
- What differentiates a sinner who is born of God from one who is not?
- How can we take part in Christ’s work to put all His enemies under His footstool?