The Power Of The Seed

J. D. Conley
November 27, 2016

Last Lord's Day evening I preached a sermon I titled, "God's Enduring Word." In the course of the sermon I asked this question, "Why does the person who is begotten of God not sin habitually as a rule of life?" The answer I gave was, "Its because God's seed, which remains in him, serves as a great restraining power." Then I quoted the apostle John, "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God" (1 John 3:9).

A key word in the question I asked, is, "habitually." John is certainly not teaching Christians cannot commit sin. If sinning were an impossibility for the child of God, that would be tantamount to the damnable, "Once Saved Always Saved," dogma. Rather, John is talking about habitual sin, continual sin, sinning with regularity. What John is affirming is that the faithful Christian will not and cannot do that. Verse six of this chapter essentially repeats this same truth, "Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not." [The original language tells us the word "sinneth" and "sin" are verbs of continual action]. As long as a child of God abides, stays, and remains in God, i.e., within the parameters of His teachings, He sins not! Or as verse 9 declares, "he cannot sin." Its nonsensical to think otherwise.

This points us to the power of the seed, which is "the word of God" (Luke 8:11). When the dynamic Word of God is obeyed, and Christians avails themselves of its sin restraining power, let it be understood that this power is not overwhelming. That is, it does not rob us of our freedom to choose. Nonetheless, it offers great strength in combating and defeating sin. While the abiding seed will not permit a sin saturated life, does not mean we won't ever sin through weakness or ignorance. David wrote, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee" (Psalm 119:11, emp. JDC).

How wonderful to know that if the powerful seed abides in us, meaning we comply with it, then we will not sin as a general rule. However, when an isolated sinful act occurs, the true Christian will promptly confess it to the Father and repent.

"And if any man sin,we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1b.).