1 John 3:5: And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
Only the Lord Jesus can take away sin. He came for that purpose. Two things are important for us to see here. In John’s Gospel he wrote, “… Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He bore the penalty of sin. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Christ died for the sin of the world. Now here in John’s epistle he shows that Christ takes away the practice of sin in the life of the believer. Christ is the “propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). He died a redemptive death to pay the penalty of our sin, but He also died that He might deliver us from the power of sin right here and now. “And in him is no sin.” The literal translation of this is: “in Him sin is not.” He died a redemptive death—He was our sin offering. He was without sin; He was without spot or blemish as was the Levitical sin offering. He has given to us a new nature that we might live for Him today. 1
Today, we should rejoice in our salvation. Think about what Jesus did on the cross because of His love to save us from an eternal hell. This is the greatest victory ever known to the human race. If you have received His redemption, then you also have received His victory for all eternity. Now walk in the new nature of the Spirit.
And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 1 John 3:5
His redemption saves us from the death penalty, and provides us His power to be victorious over sin. – TWEET IT
Lord, thank You for a new nature that leads me from the bondage of sin to the blessing of serving you.
1. McGee, J. V. (1991). Thru the Bible commentary: The Epistles (1 John) (electronic ed., Vol. 56, p. 91). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.