The Anointing and Sin

1 John almost seems to be a mystical letter. There are bold, brash statements about “knowing the anointing” and “not needing any teacher,” plus the whole thing of not sinning anymore.

1-3 John are such short books and make such outlandish statements, it’s almost too easy to skim right over them.

Not sin? REALLY?

Part of what we miss is John’s knowledge of what is possible. Sometimes, when we get a glimpse of the power of the Kingdom, and we get a taste of the power of the Spirit, there is a glimpse into what is God’s best. When we glimpse God’s best we may not know how to fully describe it. Descriptions can come out awkward, such as bold statements like John makes in his short letter.

The point is this: We need to realize the lavishness of the Kingdom. There is a power that has been delivered to us and we just don’t recognize it most of the time.

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (I Jn. 3:8, NIV)

The enemy has been bound up. The Kingdom is unleashed. There is power available. We can understand God’s best and live it. Too much of the time, however, that doesn’t seem to interest us very much. The loss is ours. It is also the world’s loss.

We can do better.

3 thoughts on “The Anointing and Sin

  1. This is the clncher… There is a power that has been delivered to us and we just don’t recognize it most of the time.- If one can remember what the crucifixion represents , we will capture that liberation and live what Paul wrote “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me”

  2. 1 John 3:7-8

    What is our practice? Professionaly speaking, I practice Social Work. I have a set of principles that drive my practice of that profession. I hold myself to those principles, but there is also a governing board that holds me accountable as well. The point is, my practice is noticeable, people recognize my profession by the way I practice.

    John is saying the same of people and faith. If we are believers in Jesus Christ and live a life now full of grace given to us by Him, it should be evident in our practice. Not only should it be evident in our practice, but we will be held accountable to our practice someday. Do I practice righteousness or do I practice sin? How do we audit this in our lives? Can others identify my practice?

    It would then seem a difference exists between those who are covered by Grace and sin due to the human nature and those who practice sin. Practicing sinners need to be introduced to the love of Christ. Those practicing righteousness need to be encouraged to keep in the race and to be reminded about their DNA.

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