1 John 3:1-7 1SEE WHAT [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him. 2Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is. 3And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless). 4Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect–being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will). 5You know that He appeared in visible form and became Man to take away [upon Himself] sins, and in Him there is no sin [essentially and forever]. 6No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him–deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him].
We are the children of God. No matter who we are and no matter what we do, if we are born again we are a part of God’s family. This passage says what an incredible quality of love the Father has given us that we are called His children. Next we see that we should resemble Him and be like Him. This makes me think of my son. He is definitely his daddy’s child! He looks just like him when he was a little boy, and he acts like him too! Whatever my husband does, my son tries to do the same things. That’s scriptural though. In John 5:19 Jesus said 19So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn]. Jesus patterned His life after His Heavenly Father and so should we. We should try to live our lives as Christ would. The question is- How?
The Bible holds the keys to living life as God would. When we plant His Word in our hearts, our outward actions will be a reflection of what’s on the inside of us. Jesus never sinned, and He became man to give us the opportunity to live our lives free of sin too. We see in verse 6 that if we are abiding in Him we will not knowingly , willingly or habitually commit sin. When we spend time with Him- either in the Word or in prayer- we get to know Him in a greater capacity. The more we know Him, the more we will be focused on acting in such way to bring glory to His name.