What Does 1 John 3:5 Mean?

You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

1 John 3:5(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

God's love for us is astonishing in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us - and the whole glorious plan of salvation, which was purposed before the foundation of the world is a testimony to the grace of our heavenly Father and His amazing love for each one of us.

We who were dead in trespasses and sins and without hope in the world have been covered with His love, forgiven of our sins, saved by grace through faith in His only begotten Son, in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit, accepted in the Beloved, given an eternal inheritance and are today.. seated together with Christ in heavenly places - for we have been positioned in Him and He has come to abide in us.

But before all this could transpire God had to prepare a body for His Son so that the eternal Son of God could be born into the human race (at the appointed time) as the perfect Son of Man - in order that He could give His life as a ransom for many - including you and me.

And we know and have full assurance from God that the sinless Son of Man came to earth in order to take away our sins - to suffer and die on our behalf so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

How very much our Father loves us, who are now His children - but sadly the people who belong to this world don't recognise that we are God's children because they don't know Him. But praise God that our hope in Christ and everyone who has this hope fixed on Jesus.. purifies himself, just as Christ is pure.

How important in consideration of the glorious hope and eternal benefits that we have received freely.. by grace through faith in Christ, that we live our lives in spirit and in truth.. as unto the Lord, and that we are not enticed by the lawless ways of the world, which is at enmity with our Father - but that we live in humble obedience and reverence of heart before Him.. all the days of our life.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father thank You for sending the Lord Jesus at the appointed time to come to earth as the sinless Son of Man, in order to take away my sins by dying for me on the cross at Calvary. You could have left us eternally separated from Yourself and dead in our trespasses and sins.. but in Your grace:- Christ appeared in order to take away my sins - dying in my place and giving me His own resurrected life. Your love is beyond my understanding but I praise and thank You that You sent the sinless Son of God.. to die for me, AMEN.

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