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December 19 - Evening

"Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. 
He who does what is right is righteous, just as he
is righteous.
 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared
was to destroy the devil’s work.
 No one who is
born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning,
because he has been born of God.
 This is how
we know who the children of God are and who
the children of the devil are: Anyone who does
not do what is right is not a child of God;
nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

- First John 3:7-10

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The Presence of Sin and the Seriousness of Sin    

John was confronting false philosophies and erroneous teachings in the church in 85 AD when he wrote his letter from Ephesus to Gentile churches in Asia. The false teachers were leading the people astray by combining pagan philosophy with the apostolic message recorded in the writings of the New Testament that included, at this time, three of the gospels, Acts, all of Paul's and Peter's letters, and the writing of James and Hebrews.

The attack of the false teachers came in the form of corrupt instruction concerning the truth and the application of the truth. John says that those who are positionally righteous will do what is right in their behavior just like the one who saved them is righteous and does righteous deeds. The person who is sinning is not righteous, but is instead like the devil who is always unrighteous in his nature and in his deeds. So, we who are believers in Jesus should understand that "the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work" of sin and unrighteousness in our lives.

Satan's work is to morally lead us into sin, to physically inflict our bodies with disease, and to intellectually bring us into philosophical and doctrinal error. These are the things Jesus came to destroy in our lives, so why would anyone teach that these moral, physical and intellectual perversions do not matter? On this side of eternity we will always have to deal with sin, sickness and doctrinal error, but none of them are part of the righteousness of God.

The phrase "continue to sin" used above is hamartanei in the Greek and is in the present tense which indicates a settled character not an isolated act of sinning. This is saying that the born again believer does not have the core character of Satan that lives in rebellion to God's righteousness in every way at all times. But, this phrase and tense in the Greek does allow the reality that there are times where we may act in a way that is out of line with our new nature. This is confirmed by John earlier in this same letter when he says:

  1. "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." (1:8)
  2. "If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us." (1:10)
  3. "I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate."(2:1)

The two doctrinal errors John is confronting in this letter written around 85 AD are these: First, some believed that their possession of certain secret "knowledge" (gnosis) made them perfect and, thus, sinless. John explains that we still live in this age with a sin nature that is subject to sin, disease and doctrinal error. Second, some believed that since they were "born again" sin and unrighteous living were no longer an issue that could affect them. They taught that they could sin and still be righteous. John tells them that sin is incompatible with the righteous nature of Christ. Jesus and God the Father are not just righteous by position, but righteous in word and deed also. The first error of the heretics denied the existence of the sin nature in believers and the second error denied the seriousness of sin.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Let us love God, but with the strength of our arms, in the sweat of our brow."
- Vincent de Paul





Something to Ponder??
In 1931 Cameron Townsend and his wife learned the Cakchiquel Indian language, created an alphabet and then translated the Bible into a language that had only been spoken outloud and never written down. Thus, the Wycliffe Bible Translators ministry was founded.
(Details here)
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Photizo (Gr) - Enlightened (Eng) - photizo is a Greek word that means "to give light," "to shine," "to bring to light." Photizo is used eleven times - four times by Paul (1 Cor. 4:5; Ep. 1:18; 3:9; 2 Tim 1:10), once by Luke, twice in Hebrews (6:4; 10:32), once by John in his Gospel, and three times by John in Revelation (18:1; 21:23; 22:5). In Ephesians 1:18, Paul uses it to say, "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you."


Tel Mardikh from the Empire of Ebla (2300-1700 BC) was excavated and 18,000 clay and rock tablets written in cuneform were discovered in buildings around the ancient palace. The buildings walls still had murals on walls plastered in gray-green color. Names from the same time period as Abraham-Joseph (2100-1700 BC) are found on these tablets that match the Biblical account from the same time period:

  • AB-RA-MU
  • E-SA-UM
  • IS-MA-EL
  • IS-RA-EL
  • MI-KA-EL

- or,

  • Abram
  • Esau
  • Ishmail
  • Israel
  • Michael
  • Micaiah
  • Jerusalem

(Details here)

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Do I excuse my sin? Do I accept my sin as simply part of my life? Do I think sin has no effect on me?
I will identify my sin, I will confess my sin and I will resist sin and live in righteousness like my God.
  "The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back t his mouth!"
- Proverbs 19:24
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
Cisterns on the side of Masada that collected rainwater.
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