Posted by: bshelley | December 28, 2008

The evil one does not touch him

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Today’s Verse: 1 John 5:18 We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

Confused? Well, let’s break it down quickly. The one who is born of God is the Christian. “He” who was born of God is Jesus. Better? Ok, let’s take it a step further. When we are born again into the authority of Christ Jesus, He keeps the evil one from touching us. We do not have to fear his attacks, only to resist the temptations he sends our way. But what about the part on not sinning? If you are breathing air, you are likely to sin after becoming a Christian. That is unless you slipped coming out of the water and died. Do we need to get re-baptized or confess to be replete of sins scars at yet each incidence? No, and that’s the Good News. Because we are washed clean of sin’s debt by Christ’s blood, we are forgiven. Are we now to go to God and ask for more forgiveness? He’s likely to ask, “What sin?” Then what will you say? Did the power of the blood cease at the baptismal? Unlike in the Old Covenant where it was one blood sacrifice for one sin (limited atonement), Jesus died for all our sins (full atonement). As Christians striving to become more Christ-like, we confess our sins to God as a simple sign of obedience agreeing with Him that we fell short again. Our response should be, “Thank you again for your forgiveness extended once, for all my sin.”

May God bless your heart as you seek His.

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Responses

  1. How clearly did you make such a beautiful truth of salvation! Christ died once for all sin. He paid the price for me to be saved. What a glorious God we serve.

    Thanks Bryan for your wonderful way to get the message out. You are a blessing. I am still praying for you! 🙂

  2. I love the verse you picked because there is a great visual corollary in the gospels. When Mary tries to grab Jesus’ knees after his resurrection, Jesus tells her not to touch him. The word can also mean “hold on to” instead of “touch.” In the verse you have chosen, the same image can apply. Evil cannot cling to or the Evil One cannot hold onto the person born of God.

    Your explications are insightful. Keep up the good work. The slant you took on being born into the authority of Christ, thereby keeping evil at arm’s length is a good aspect of being born again to keep in mind.

  3. clear and concise post…keep up the good work.

    David Zook
    http://www.p4cs.wordpress.com
    A Physical for the Christian Soul


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