What Does 1 John 3:8 Mean?

The one who commits sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil's works.

1 John 3:8(HCSB)

Verse Thoughts

The unfathomable depths of Satan’s habitual sin, lies in contradistinction to the immeasurable heights of Christ's eternal righteousness. From the genesis of God's revelation of Himself to mankind, the devil is identified as the slimy source and subtle instigator of all sin: and the one who commits sin is of the devil; for Satan sinned from the beginning, but we praise God that He sent His only begotten Son into the world, that He might destroy the evil works of the devil.

Those who adopt and imitate Satan's practice are 'of the devil' and reflect his wicked ways, for he instigated corruption and deceit - for he is a liar and the father of lies. But Christ came into the world to pay the ransom price for the sin of the whole world, that He might put an end to the works of the Evil One - but those who turn to Christ as saviour are 'born of God' and are conformed into the image and likeness of Christ, for God alone is sole Creator.

The continuous characteristic of the devil is evil and he who sins is of the devil, for he spawned sin and has continued to sin from the very beginning. The nature of man is sinful, for man is a sinner who was born dead in trespasses and sins, but Christ came into the world to save sinners and to rescue them from the clutches of the Evil One - and by His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, Christ has destroyed the works of the devil and put an end to his wicked ways.

Let us in lowliness of heart and thankfulness of spirit praise our great God and Father for His great plan of salvation and marvellous purpose for mankind. His plans and purposes were conceived in the eternal council chambers of the Almighty and designed to arrest the evil intent of the enemy assault on those who are made in God's image. Let us not serve sin or indulge in lawlessness by our actions and attitudes, our words and our imaginations, but rather let us show grateful thanks, for His unspeakable mercy and amazing grace. Let us turn our backs on all that feeds the evil lusts of the fallen one, by obedient surrender of all that I am and all that I do.

God's purpose for all is encapsulated in this precious verse, for the Son of God came in the likeness of sinful flesh and suffered the most shocking ignominy, insults and death so that sin and sickness; want and weariness; destruction and death and all that is encompassed in the works of lawlessness and evil might be forever destroyed in my life and in yours, in order that Christ is all in all.

My Prayer

Father, I thank You that everything that could cause my ruin has been forever destroyed at the Cross of Christ and I am born into the family of God. But Father, many are blinded by the wicked one who seeks to destroy the souls of men. Use me I pray in prayer and through my life-example to be a channel through whom Your saving grace may flow out to others, who are in bondage to sin and Satan. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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